Archive for May 21st, 2013

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.

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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

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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.