Archive for May 1st, 2013

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Homes, business searched in political corruption probe


April 30, 2013; 08:32 AM

Federal and local agents served search warrants on Tuesday, April 30, at the homes of Moreno Valley’s five City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

To read story by Lora Hines, Jeff Horseman, John Asbury and Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.


April 30, 2013 9:37 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A City Councilwoman and former bond broker for the municipal airport authority blame what they called “handshake deals” for the questionable financial practices that ultimately led to this week’s fraud allegations against Victorville by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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San Bernardino POA Billboard

A billboard featuring members of the City Council is visible at the intersection of Highland Avenue and E Street in San Bernardino on Tuesday. The San Bernardino Police Officers Association PAC sponsored the billboard. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2013 06:15:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The police union has put up a billboard at a busy intersection congratulating Mayor Pat Morris and four council members, but those elected officials don’t take it as a compliment – or the truth.

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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: 04/30/2013 11:37:47 AM PDT
Updated: 04/30/2013 07:36:59 PM PDT

Related: Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT | ONT special section
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has joined more than 100 government entities and officials calling into question the management of L.A./Ontario International Airport and advocating it would be better under local control.

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VVdailyPress: Strong turnout for VVC meeting

Victor Valley College

Community works on college’s accreditation issues
April 30, 2013 9:17 AM
Davida Siwisa James, For the Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • Close to 100 people gathered in a room with a capacity of 41 on Monday night for a “Call to Action Meeting” concerning Victor Valley College’s ongoing accreditation problems.

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California Flag

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
By Dan Walters
April 30, 2013

California’s state and local governments are at least $648 billion in debt and the total could surpass $1.1 trillion — depending on how pension liabilities are calculated — according to a data compilation by a conservative think tank.

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Home prices are rising at levels not seen since the real estate boom, driven higher by investors, but U.S. homeownership remains on the decline.

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Home prices are rising at levels not seen since the real estate boom, but American homeownership remains on the decline.

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Fuel Gas

By Mark Glover
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 11:05 am

Continuing a trend dating back to 2006, in-state consumption of gasoline declined in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to the California Board of Equalization.

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By Amy Harder
Updated: April 30, 2013 | 10:13 p.m.
April 30, 2013 | 1:17 p.m.

The United States has double the amount of oil and three times the amount of natural gas than previously thought, stored deep under the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, according to new data the Obama administration released Tuesday.

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By Kathleen Miles
Posted: 04/30/2013 7:03 am

At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.

Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raised their hands.

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The Hill

By Justin Sink – 04/30/13 07:00 PM ET

President Obama bristled during a press conference on Tuesday when asked whether his second-term agenda is failing after the first 100 days.

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