Archive for May 5th, 2013

The PE: CORRUPTION: Task force increasingly visible in local investigations

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“It just makes a bigger statement to the world that politics has nothing to do with doing what’s right and holding these people responsible,” Ramos said. “It takes the wind out of the sails of these people that claim this is a political investigation.”

May 04, 2013; 05:24 PM

Law enforcement officials first announced the formation of a task force focused on political corruption in November 2010, when FBI agents and San Bernardino County district attorney’s investigators raided Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

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

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2013 06:22:53 PM PDT

In 2010, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos announced the formation of the Inland Empire Joint Corruption Task Force, prompted by allegations of rampant corruption in local government. His announcement followed an FBI raid at the county-run Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where it was alleged that some public officials had been receiving free medical care.

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Riverside County’s economy “has turned the corner” on the strength of a strong housing market, according to an economist scheduled to give a presentation to the county Board of Supervisors.

May 05, 2013; 11:51 AM

Riverside County’s economy is poised to bounce back from the Great Recession as home sales improve and more people find work, according to reports from two groups of economists.

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

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May 03, 2013; 07:40 PM

A former Riverside Sheriff’s Association official dismissed in 2005 after complaining about legal fees spent to defend a deputy accused of vandalism has won his federal whistleblower lawsuit.

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

ontario airport

By Brian Sumers, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2013 01:13:27 PM PDT
Updated: 05/04/2013 05:28:25 PM PDT

Hoping to jump-start business at L.A./Ontario International, airport executives would provide hefty financial incentives to airlines offering new flights beginning this summer under a plan to be considered Tuesday.

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LATimes: Prop. 13 loophole gives edge to big players

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Change of ownership, key to reassessment, is cut-and-dried for homeowners but not businesses. It means a loss of tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue.

By Jason Felch and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2013, 8:24 p.m.

In 2006, billionaire computer magnate Michael Dell, one of the world’s richest men, agreed to pay $200 million for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, a beachfront landmark in Santa Monica that long has been a retreat for Hollywood starlets and U.S. presidents.

A few months later, Dell tore up the contract.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s workforce takes a dive

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 7:19 am

Reader beware: We’re about to delve into numbers – big, abstract numbers, but immensely important numbers as well.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Will public turn against Obamacare?

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By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1E
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 7:22 am

Rep. Ami Bera, one of two Democratic physicians in the House, doesn’t want Obamacare to fail.

But the freshman member of Congress is worried about President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

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Politico: The NRA’s no-compromise strategy

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By JAMES HOHMANN | 5/4/13 5:54 PM EDT

HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association has become, more than ever, part and parcel of the Republican Party.

The officially nonpartisan group’s no-compromise strategy helped defeat the background check bill in the Senate last month and grow its membership ranks to 5 million.

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