Archive for May 20th, 2013

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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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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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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