Archive for May, 2013

The Sun: Redlands broker steals $4.2 million, says regulatory agency

Legal

He sues two men to reclaim money
By Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/30/2013 05:35:52 PM PDT

REDLANDS — Millions of dollars were zapped from two accounts managed by a downtown brokerage firm — Thornes and Associates Inc. Investment Securities, 412 E. State St., according to a regulatory agency.

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DailyBulletin: ONT traffic figures down for April

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Passenger traffic activity continued to decline last month at LA/Ontario International Airport. (Staff photo)

Staff report
Posted: 05/30/2013 11:11:29 PM PDT
Updated: 05/30/2013 11:59:31 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Passengers traffic continued to decline last month at LA/Ontario International Airport.

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LAX

A series of lawsuits challenging an environmental plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport were filed Thursday (Staff photo)

Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion taking on LAWA
By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/30/2013 12:33:17 PM PDT
Updated: 05/31/2013 09:50:28 AM PDT

PDFs: ARSAC petition | Ontario, San Bernardino County petition | SEIU petition

A series of lawsuits challenging an environmental plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport were filed Thursday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 31, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, May. 31, 2013 – 6:34 am

When Democrats – perhaps surprising even themselves – won two-thirds supermajorities in both legislative houses last year, party subfactions began buzzing over how their new hegemony would be employed.

By and by, the chatter coalesced into two competing views, to wit:

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The PE: REDLANDS: City balances 2013-14 budget

Redlands

Redlands City Council members review the city’s proposed 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, May 28.

May 29, 2013; 07:13 PM

Redlands officials have balanced the city’s 2013-14 budget without dipping into reserves.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press Enterprise, Click here.

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May 29, 2013; 06:24 PM

The federal agency that regulates investment counselors and brokerage houses has filed a complaint alleging that a Redlands businessman handed over clients’ assets to two friends, including money he was investing for an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Luciano+Spencer

Felice Luciano, left, and former San Bernardino Airport manager Scot Spencer wait outside courtroom S-23 at the San Bernardino County Court House at an April 17, 2013 hearing. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

May 29, 2013; 10:55 AM

Former San Bernardino airport manager Scot Spencer and a business partner of his appeared briefly in court Wednesday, May 29 and ordered to return for a status hearing on July 10.

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

VVDailyPress: Victorville denies Brown Act violation

Victorville

May 29, 2013 7:19 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • City Council members denied allegations that they hid information about property interests with the Victorville 2 Power Plant project at Southern California Logistics Airport.

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Money

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

John Stites came out swinging today, claiming that questions raised about his residency are a smokescreen to remove him from California’s compensation commission – either as a political vendetta or to bolster hopes of hiking elected officials’ salaries next month.

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Joe Baca

Baca

By Emily Cahn
Posted at 6:27 p.m. on May 29

Updated 8:05 a.m. | Under fire for touting questionable member endorsements, former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., released on Wednesday the signatures of several House Democrats indicating their support for his campaign.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors well-off even without public salaries

Riverside County BOS Income

May 28, 2013; 08:31 PM

Take away their $143,000 salaries and other taxpayer-funded benefits and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors would still be a wealthy lot.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Councilman Adams ponders run for Congress

Steve Adams

Riverside Councilman Steve Adams has announced plans to run for Congress against incumbent Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

May 28, 2013; 06:09 PM

After two and a half terms on the Riverside City Council, Steve Adams is hoping to move into a congressional seat.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Upland Unified School District

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2013 10:33:14 PM PDT
Updated: 05/28/2013 10:52:42 PM PDT

UPLAND — Upland Unified School District now faces an $8 million deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year, down from a projected $9 million.

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Ontario International

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2013 05:58:54 PM PDT
Updated: 05/28/2013 06:22:08 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Less than two months ago, Los Angeles and San Bernardino County officials were at the negotiating table, determining whether LA/Ontario International Airport will be returned to local control.

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VVdailyPress: Lovingood applauds court funding progress

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood

Local effect of $100 million to trial courts not yet known
May 28, 2013 6:31 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is applauding the most recent progress to restore money to California courts, but the local effect of the funding is not yet known.

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California Seal

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2013, 7:48 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Now that Gov. Jerry Brown has rolled out his revised budget proposal, both houses of the Legislature are outlining their own ideas for how the state’s money should be spent in the next year.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 28, 2013 – 5:30 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 – 7:33 am

Two analyses of the pending California state budget frame a looming conflict with just days remaining before the June 15 deadline for passage.

The first came from Moody’s, a major credit rating organization, after the Legislature’s budget analyst, Mac Taylor, suggested that the state may have $3.2 billion more to spend in the 2013-14 fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown had forecast.

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
May 28, 2013, 10:52 p.m.

A letter from a Southern California Edison executive shows the company became concerned about the potential for serious design flaws in replacement steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant as early as 2004.

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DOJ

By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON | Tue May 28, 2013 11:32pm EDT

(Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder personally approved a decision to subpoena Fox News telephone records as the Justice Department investigated an unauthorized leak regarding North Korea, officials said on Tuesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Who’s funding City Council campaigns?

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Posted on | May 27, 2013

The campaigns for Riverside council seats in wards 3 and 6 are drawing to a close, and they’ve mostly been pretty low-key. But that doesn’t mean no money has been spent. So who’s funding the candidates?

To read post by Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Medical Marijuana

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/27/2013 06:43:15 PM PDT
Updated: 05/27/2013 09:53:01 PM PDT

A pair of bills that would enhance the legal standing of medical marijuana providers have advanced in the Legislature following this month’s landmark court ruling that affirmed the rights of local governments to ban dispensaries.

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Campaigns

Miller introduces two bills to House
Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 08:06:23 PM PDT
Updated: 05/24/2013 09:58:11 PM PDT

As the campaigns to represent California’s 31st District gain traction, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar announced endorsements from 10 California congressmen.

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InlandPolitics: Memorial Day – We remember….

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Monday, May 27, 2013 – 10:10 a.m.

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice safeguarding our freedom.

The Sun: School districts sue Fontana over payment

Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2013 05:34:32 PM PDT

FONTANA — The Fontana Unified School District and two other school systems have sued the city alleging that its now defunct redevelopment agency owes them millions of dollars.

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Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2013 07:16:31 PM PDT
Updated: 05/26/2013 07:32:33 PM PDT

UPLAND — The Finance and Economic Development Committee will recommend the city continue to work with its auditor of 10 years, despite the auditor’s involvement with the city of Bell.

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State Capitol

Effort to curb ‘gut and amend’ bills — stripping contents of a proposed legislation and inserting all-new language — is going nowhere.

By Marc Lifsher
May 26, 2013, 7:36 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — At the state Capitol, no bill is ever dead.

Even the most moribund measure can be resurrected and sent to the governor, especially if leaders want to pass something without holding a bunch of hearings.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

One of Proposition 13’s unintended consequences was to intertwine state finances with those of cities, counties and school districts.

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UTSanDiego: Issa finds himself in nation’s spotlight

Geithner Defends AIG Rescue as TARP Watchdog Probes

Congressman from Vista gains high profile leading Benghazi and IRS probes

By Mark Walker
11:34 a.m.May 26, 2013

After toiling in the margins of Congress for more than a decade, Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista is becoming a major force in American politics.

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Fox News

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

By AMY CHOZICK
Published: May 26, 2013

News Corporation said on Sunday that it had no record of being notified by the Justice Department nearly three years ago of a subpoena for the telephone records of a reporter at its Fox News cable channel.

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The Sun: San Bernardino International Airport officials plan trip for talks

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2013 05:29:02 PM PDT

San Bernardino International Airport officials will travel to Atlanta early next month to meet with five commercial airlines and discuss their interest in operating at the airport, A.J. Wilson, the airport’s interim executive director, said Friday.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/25/2013 07:23:25 PM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2013 07:32:49 PM PDT

San Bernardino County, Ontario and Culver City are asking the Los Angeles County Airport Land Use Commission to rescind its approval of plans to modernize Los Angeles International Airport.

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May 24, 2013; 07:49 PM

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association wants a new trial in the federal whistle-blower lawsuit won by a former official of the law enforcement union who was dismissed in 2005 after complaining about legal fees spent to defend a deputy accused of vandalism.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

bag_of_money

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, May. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Both houses of the Democratic-controlled Legislature worked to craft budgets Friday that are about $3.2 billion higher than the one proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The development sets up a clash with the governor from their own party.

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Crystal Ball

May 24, 2013

It appears the announcement that Republican farmer Andy Vidak won outright former senator Michael Rubio’s seat may have been premature: an updated vote count puts Vidak below the 50-percent-plus-one threshold he needed to surpass to avoid a runoff against his Democratic opponent, Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez.

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SacBee: CalSTRS flexes its muscles as a shareholder

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1D

CalSTRS has been making waves on Wall Street lately, taking a more aggressive stance with corporations while grabbing a bit of the spotlight from its big brother CalPERS.

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Abel Maldonado

The former Republican lieutenant governor, who is pondering a run for governor, wants to repeal the prison policy, saying it has endangered the lives of Californians.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2013, 7:41 p.m.

Abel Maldonado was a young Latino rancher and fresh-faced state lawmaker when he addressed the Republican National Convention in 2000 and was hailed as the GOP’s future. Nine years later, he parlayed his deciding vote on tax increases into an appointment as lieutenant governor, albeit for a brief stay.

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The New Yorker

May 24, 2013First
Posted by Ryan Lizza

The Obama Administration fought to keep a search warrant for James Rosen’s private e-mail account secret, arguing to a federal judge that the government might need to monitor the account for a lengthy period of time.

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The Atlantic

Connor Simpson
May 25, 2013

The New York Times reports the Department of Justice investigated national security leaks given to Times reporter David Sanger over his story last year about the Stuxnet virus by pulling all the email and phone records of government officials who communicated with the reporter.

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The Sun: Four women accuse former Fontana district officer of rape

Fontana USD

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 05:57:24 PM PDT

Four Fontana Unified School District Police Department employees claim they were raped or sexually assaulted by an officer with a history of sexual misconduct, according to lawsuits filed in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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Reuters: Justice Department defends journalist email search

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee in Washington

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on ”Oversight of the United States Department of Justice” on Capitol Hill in Washington May 15, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON | Fri May 24, 2013 5:00pm EDT

(Reuters) – The Justice Department said on Friday that senior officials including Attorney General Eric Holder vetted a decision to search an email account belonging to a Fox News reporter whose story on North Korea prompted a leak investigation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen
ryan.hagen@ inlandnewspapers.com @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 05/23/2013 07:28:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — If the City Council thought it took care of the conflict of interest inherent in having officials targeted by a recall campaign handle that same recall by asking the county to take over, it might not be so simple.

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Ontario International Airport

LA/Ontario International Airport. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 05:59:56 PM PDT
Updated: 05/24/2013 06:01:15 PM PDT

Special Section: Ontario Airport

The claim by Ontario seeking to end its agreement over LA/Ontario International Airport has been rejected by the city of Los Angeles.

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Arrowhead Credit Union Photo

The Arrowhead Credit Union bank at 421 N. Sierra Way in San Bernardino is free from government control after three years. (File Photo)

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/24/2013 09:47:56 AM PDT
Updated: 05/24/2013 06:12:21 PM PDT

Arrowhead Credit Union, based in San Bernardino, has been released from conservatorship after being under government control for nearly three years.

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California Assembly Seal

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

Assembly Democrat Tom Ammiano of San Francisco leads the pack of lawmakers with a slew of bills to be heard Friday on the suspense file in the Assembly Appropriation Committee. The Assembly has 328 bills on the suspense file, which will be taken up after the lower house meets in the morning.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When Gov. Jerry Brown talks about reducing the state’s “wall of debt,” he carefully limits it to about $30 billion in budget deficits, mostly money owed to schools and community colleges.

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health-care-reform

By Chad Terhune
May 23, 2013, 9:36 a.m.

After weeks of negotiations, California said it has selected 13 health plans for a new state-run insurance marketplace where as many as 5 million people will shop for coverage next year.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Friday, May 24, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

Here’s some news moving across the transom Friday morning.

IRS manager placed on leave

Lois Lerner, the manager at the center of a massive scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, was placed on paid leave Thursday afternoon. The move comes after Lerner invoked her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination before a congressional oversight committee earlier this week.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Recall organizers begin collecting signatures

San Bernardino Seal

A group has begun circulating petitions to recall the San Bernardino mayor and City Council, shown here in a January.

May 23, 2013; 04:35 PM

Organizers of a recall campaign to oust most San Bernardino city elected leaders began collecting signatures this week even as officials remained uncertain over who would oversee the process.

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

Bloomberg-Businessweek

By Carol Matlack
May 22, 2013

Apple (AAPL) has a deal with Ireland granting it an effective 2 percent tax rate on tens of billions of dollars in profit at the company’s Irish affiliates, according to a U.S. Senate report released on May 20.

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Campaigns

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Democrats took another seat in the state Assembly this week, but a conservative Republican won a Central Valley state Senate district in an upset victory.

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The star witness at a hearing investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups invoked her constitutional right to not answer questions.

By Richard Simon and Melanie Mason
May 22, 2013, 8:47 a.m.

WASHINGTON — A top Internal Revenue Service official invoked the 5th Amendment and declined to testify Wednesday before a House committee investigating the agency’s mishandling of applications by some conservative groups for tax-exempt status.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor reveals getting a ‘target’ letter in probe

Tom Owings

Owings

Posted on | May 22, 2013

Mayor Tom Owings, following a rambunctious study session on Tuesday, May 21, confirmed that he received a target letter in the federal grand jury probe of corruption in the Moreno Valley.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki  in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Ontario International Airport

People leave Terminal 4 at Ontario International Airport after arriving at their destinations in this 2012 file photo.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

May 21, 2013; 06:14 PM

When Ontario International Airport opened its two modern terminals in September 1998, many of Inland Southern California’s top business executives lauded the event as a great way to make a first impression on would-be customers and investors from out of town.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Chino Hills Logo

Staff Reports
Posted: 05/22/2013 12:41:55 PM PDT
Updated: 05/22/2013 01:32:27 PM PDT

CHINO – City officials will discuss their 2013-14 proposed budget during a workshop today.

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Secretary of State

By JUDY LIN Associated Press
Posted: 05/21/2013 12:39:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/21/2013 01:33:49 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California Secretary of State Debra Bowen has agreed to expand the way her office presents campaign finance data online after initially rejecting the request from a coalition of good-government groups, research organizations and newspapers, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 – 12:07 pm

California, it’s now acknowledged, has a glut of lawyers.

Thousands of law school graduates cannot find jobs as law firms cut back, as government agencies are squeezed, as corporations trim legal expenses and as technology handles rote legal work.

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Sacto BusinessJournal: CalPERS alleges attorney misconduct

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Mark Anderson, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
May 22, 2013, 3:00am PDT

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is asking federal bankruptcy courts to disqualify a law firm from participating in the municipal bankruptcy proceedings of San Bernardino and Stockton because the firm allegedly hired attorneys away from a firm that was representing the pension fund giant.

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The White House

By Dan Balz,
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It is never good for an administration when a front-page newspaper article about an ongoing controversy begins as follows: “The White House offered a new account Monday of how and when it learned . . . ” That’s what readers of The Post awoke to on Tuesday. In trying to contain the controversy and protect President Obama, White House officials have only added to questions about what happened.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: LAX expansion plan riles municipalities

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Ontario and S.B. County are 2 of 3 governments appealing approval of the plan; a lawsuit may follow

May 20, 2013; 06:34 PM

Ontario, San Bernardino County and Culver City filed an appeal late Monday, May 20, of the Los Angeles County Airport Land Use Commission’s approval of an LAX expansion plan.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/20/2013 08:33:53 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – It seems that no one wants to administer the attempts to recall nearly all of the city’s elected officials.

The dais was nearly empty Monday night as the city council asked the county registrar of voters to handle any further questions related to the recall efforts.

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DailyBulletin: Upland’s finances get some extra scrutiny

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/20/2013 08:50:18 PM PDT
Updated: 05/20/2013 08:50:25 PM PDT

UPLAND – Members of the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee were updated Monday on the city’s fiscal situation, which is still uncertain.

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Medical Marijuana

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 20, 2013

The California Senate passed a bill today that would shield pot shops following state guidelines for dispensing medical marijuana from prosecution for marijuana possession or sale.

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By Jim Puzzanghera and Chris O’Brien
May 20, 2013, 2:04 p.m.

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details

WASHINGTON — Apple Inc. has used an elaborate web of offshore subsidiaries to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes on $44 billion in foreign income over the past four years, a Senate investigation has found.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Zachary Goldfarb
Published: May 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

The Treasury Department was informed on three separate occasions that the Internal Revenue Service planned to disclose that it targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, and on one occasion, Treasury expressed concern about the form of the disclosure, a Treasury official said on Monday night.

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FBI

The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal emails in a leak investigation.

By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
May 20, 2013, 9:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The FBI obtained a sealed search warrant to read a Fox News reporter’s personal emails from two days in 2010 after arguing there was probable cause he had violated espionage laws by soliciting classified information from a government official, court papers show.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate that the reporter had committed a crime when he asked a State Department security contractor, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, to share secret material about North Korea in June 2009.

The affidavit did not name the reporter, but Fox News identified him as its chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen. He was not charged, but Kim was indicted on espionage charges in August 2010 and is awaiting trial. He has denied leaking classified information.

The case marks the first time the government has gone to court to portray news gathering as espionage, and Fox News officials and 1st Amendment advocates reacted angrily Monday after the secret warrant was reported by the Washington Post.

“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter,” said Michael Clemente, Fox News executive vice president of news. “In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”

The development emerged days after the Justice Department notified the Associated Press that the agency used a subpoena last year to obtain phone company records for 20 telephone lines used by more than 100 reporters and editors in three cities. The subpoena was pursuant to a grand jury investigation of an alleged leak of classified information about an Al Qaeda plot to bomb a U.S. aircraft.

Neither Fox News nor the Associated Press was told in advance about the government actions or had a chance to challenge them in court, the usual practice. The government ordered Google not to disclose that it had given the FBI access to Rosen’s Gmail account, and Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia confirmed in a September 2010 ruling that the government did not have to notify Rosen.

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DOJ

The former U.S. attorney in Arizona leaked an internal report about an ATF agent who had criticized the failed gun operation.

By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2013, 8:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona retaliated against the lead whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal by leaking an internal report that suggested the whistle-blower once favored allowing illegal gun sales as a way to track weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office said Monday.

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The PE: NEWEST SENATOR: Norma Torres sworn in to office

Norma Torres

Torres

May 20, 2013; 01:55 PM

SACRAMENTO — Former Assemblywoman Norma Torres was sworn into the state Senate following her victory in last week’s special election in Inland Southern California’s 32nd Senate District.

To read brief in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino city clerk asked to recuse self from recall efforts

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2013 05:44:48 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — After delivering the legally required notice that he intended to start a recall petition against the city clerk, Rey Dandy Lachica got a letter saying the notice had been rejected – by the City Clerk’s Office.

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SFChronicle: Dems urged to use legislative muscle

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has laid down his political gauntlet in the face of the legislative supermajority enjoyed by the Democrats, pledging to veto any new taxes that aren’t approved by the voters.

By Joe Garofoli
May 19, 2013

After Jim Araby’s union of grocery store workers donated millions of dollars and cranked out 7,500 three-hour volunteer shifts last fall to help elect a supermajority of Democrats to the state Legislature and win statewide ballot measures, they, like many California liberals, began to dream big.

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pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, May 20, 2013

One of the first local ballot measures aimed at cutting public pension costs, a cap on Pacific Grove payments to CalPERS approved by voters three years ago, was ruled unconstitutional by a Monterey County superior court judge last week.

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DOJ

The Obama administration has zealously prosecuted leaks involving national security, but the secret collection of records for 20 Associated Press phone lines reaches a new level.

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
May 19, 2013, 8:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the Obama administration brought criminal charges under the Espionage Act against Thomas Drake, an Air Force veteran and intelligence expert at the National Security Agency in Maryland.

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DailyBulletin: L.A.’s next mayor to have regional impact

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LA/Ontario International Airport had once been projected to serve 30 million passengers by 2030. (Staff file photo)

By Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
@InlandGov on Twitter
Posted: 05/18/2013 04:28:16 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2013 04:35:54 PM PDT

Related: Union money looms big in L.A. mayor’s race

The next mayor of Los Angeles – City Councilman Eric Garcetti or City Controller Wendy Greuel – can be expected to have political influence well beyond their city’s limits.

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Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2013 05:38:40 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2013 07:19:15 PM PDT

Fewer offenders released from state prison after the implementation of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prison Realignment have been rearrested and conviction rates for the same group of offenders have remained virtually the same, according to a new study from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. San Bernardino County rates, however, are lower than the state average.

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Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2013 07:48:47 PM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2013 07:49:35 PM PDT

Two years after being indicted in a major San Bernardino County corruption case, Mark Kirk is back in the political arena.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 19, 2013 – 8:10 am

Jerry Brown – who made “lower your expectations” a catchphrase of his first governorship – is back in that mode during his second stint, especially on spending.

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The Sun: Emily’s List endorses Gomez Reyes in 31st Congressional District

Campaigns

Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2013 08:09:39 PM PDT

Eloise Gomez Reyes’ campaign is taking shape in the crowded race for the 31st Congressional District seat in 2014.

Emily’s List, the powerful political organization supporting pro-choice, female Democrats, officially added Gomez Reyes to “the list. ”

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DailyBulletin: Ontario, San Bernardino County set to sue LAWA

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2013 07:41:52 PM PDT
Updated: 05/17/2013 07:42:00 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Attorneys representing several cities and San Bernardino County opposed to a plan to modernize Los Angeles International Airport say they are in the process of filing a lawsuit against the agency that oversees LAX.

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Kevin Smith, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/17/2013 06:52:28 PM PDT
Updated: 05/17/2013 09:24:37 PM PDT

Related story: L.A. County’s jobless rate under 10% for first time in 4 years The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate fell to a 4 1/2-year low of 9.6 percent in April and the region added 900 jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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The latest on California politics and government
May 17, 2013

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor projected state revenues Friday that are $3.2 billion higher than those projected by Gov. Jerry Brown this week in his revised budget proposal.

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By Alana Semuels
May 17, 2013, 11:04 a.m.

After a few robust months, the pace of hiring in California slowed in April as employers concerned about the economy cut back on adding new employees.

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Elspeth Reeve
May 17, 2013

The IRS official who revealed the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups on Friday did so on purpose — by asking a tax lawyer to ask her about it at American Bar Association tax section’s annual meeting.

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InlandPolitics: Local newspapers trying to create distance

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Friday, May 17, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

Well it’s finally started!

Local newspapers trying to create distance from San Bernardino mayor Pat Morris and company.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein

Posted on | May 16, 2013

To understand Tuesday night’s production of the Mighty MoVal Council Players, watch this brief snippet in “Godfather II” in which Michael Corleone kisses his turncoat brother, Fredo, full on the mouth.

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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The city of Riverside says the state report will allow it to go forward with title transfers

May 16, 2013; 12:41 PM

SACRAMENTO — A new state audit identifies $94.6 million worth of former Riverside redevelopment assets that it says have not been properly transferred to the agency in charge of settling the debts of the former program.

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

Scales of Justice

By Lori Fowler
lori.fowler@ inlandnewspapers.com @IECourtsNow on Twitter
Posted: 05/16/2013 05:31:14 PM PDT
Updated: 05/16/2013 05:31:22 PM PDT

A group of local officials are spearheading an effort to re-staff courts and provide more funds to what they call a starving court system.

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