Archive for June, 2013

DailyBulletin: Upland school board adopts budget with $7 million deficit

Upland Unified School District

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2013 07:11:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/29/2013 07:13:49 PM PDT

UPLAND — The school board has adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year budget with a $7 million deficit.

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Pay Cut

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2013 09:28:30 PM PDT
Updated: 06/29/2013 09:28:39 PM PDT

UPLAND — Upland’s employees have agreed to concessions, bringing the district closer to solving $7 million in deficit spending in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013 – 7:24 am

Periodically – albeit, not frequently – it dawns on the Capitol’s politicians that the 6 million kids in California’s public schools aren’t learning as much as they should be, and they vow to do something big about it.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriffs’ Association Endorses Hestrin

Michael Hestrin

Michael Hestrin

June 27, 2013

Riverside County prosecutor Michael Hestrin has received the endorsement of the 3,400-member strong Riverside Sheriffs’ Association in his challenge to incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 2014 election.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Stone kidded for white suit

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June 28, 2013; 06:07 PM

No, that wasn’t Colonel Sanders at the June 25 Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisor Jeff Stone, known for making bold comments, made a bolder fashion statement by wearing an all-white suit and light blue tie. According to Stone, it’s an annual tradition his staff expects him to honor.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, David Olson and Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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June 28, 2013; 05:26 PM

Carole Beswick has been appointed chairwoman of the University of Redlands Board of Trustees, a post she will serve in for five years starting Monday, July 1.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City to cut police by 19 percent

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June 28, 2013

Moreno Valley plans to cut the police department by 19 percent, reducing the force by 36 officers, according to a statement released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Friday night.

To read entire post by John Asbury on The Press Enterprise Blog, click here.

James Reiss facing 11 felony counts of grand theft and forgery
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/28/2013 01:26:54 PM PDT
Updated: 06/28/2013 07:36:55 PM PDT

A disbarred criminal defense attorney who represented former Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez in his two public corruption trials has been arrested in connection with the theft of funds from former clients.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/28/2013 09:28:31 PM PDT
Updated: 06/28/2013 09:28:48 PM PDT

ONTARIO — May passenger traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport declined 9.3 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since October 2011.

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By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 5:16 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 5:58 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration on Friday asked a panel of federal judges to delay its order that California release nearly 10,000 additional inmates by year’s end, granting him time to appeal the decision to the nation’s high court.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

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Friday, June 28, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom late this week.

Economy not as strong as previously thought

First Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the value of goods and services produced by the U.S. economy, was revised downwards by a hefty 0.6% in the latest reading released Wednesday.

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UCR

June 27, 2013; 11:48 AM

UC Riverside officials and local lawmakers were jubilant Thursday, June 27, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget providing $15 million a year in continuous, guaranteed funding for the university’s long-awaited medical school.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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June 27, 2013; 05:48 PM

Riverside City Council members did not violate the city’s ethics code when they voted to place a water fund transfer measure on the June 4 ballot, a special panel decided Thursday, June 27.

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

Scales of Justice

By Lori Fowler
lori.fowler@inlandnewspapers.com l @IECourtsNow on Twitter
Posted: 06/27/2013 04:50:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Presiding Judge Marsha Slough gave her State of the San Bernardino County Courts address Thursday, the same day Governor Jerry Brown announced a new state budget that could allocate $60 million to trial courts.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic down in May

Ontario International Airport

Staff reports
Posted: 06/27/2013 10:25:59 AM PDT
Updated: 06/27/2013 04:53:00 PM PDT

May passenger traffic figures for LA/Ontario International Airport declined 9 .3 percent from the same month last year, making it the largest drop in monthly passenger traffic since October 2011.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Brown proudly signs balanced state budget

Jerry Brown

Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 5:07 pm, Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sacramento –Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a new state budget for the fiscal year beginning Monday, calling it a “momentous occasion” for California’s finances, which have been on a roller coaster for years.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Budget won’t end fiscal angst

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 7:56 am

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders patted themselves on the back Thursday for enacting a 2013-14 state budget that’s balanced and has a reserve.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 28, 2013 – 8:34 am

Who can defend an orphaned ballot initiative?

The question gained resonance Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that proponents of Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, had no standing to pursue their appeal once California officials declined to defend the embattled law.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor defends meeting arrest, others question it

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June 26, 2013; 07:11 PM

Applause may be a welcome end to a play, awards show, or opera performance, but Riverside’s mayor thinks it’s not the way to follow up comments at a public meeting.

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

The Sun: Grand Terrace’s future in residents’ hands

Grand Terrace

By Ryan Hagen
ryan.hagen@ inlandnewspapers.com | @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 06/26/2013 07:27:07 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — The city’s future is in the citizens’ hands now.

That’s the promise and the challenge Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz and the City Council gave Tuesday, after they cleared the way for a November election on whether to add a $1.5 million tax to stave off deep service cuts, and the residents crowding City Hall say they heard the message loud and clear.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor Tom Owings hospitalized

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June 26, 2013; 03:57 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings remained hospitalized Wednesday evening for chest pains he suffered after a city council meeting.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Martin Crutsinger and Christopher S. Rugaber
Associated Press
Posted: 06/26/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT
Updated: 06/26/2013 02:44:49 PM PDT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year.

That’s the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate Wednesday of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8 percent annual rate, sharply below its previous estimate of a 2.4 percent rate. The main reason: Consumers spent less than previously thought.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: All but one council member notified of recall action

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After technical glitches in the first attempt, all but one Moreno Valley official has been served

June 25, 2013; 06:13 PM

The recall effort in Moreno Valley has gained momentum, with all but one in the cast of City Council officials getting served with another round of notices that their constituents intend to boot them out of their elected office.

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

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2013 08:46:25 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — Residents applauded Tuesday after the approval of a budget that includes a contingency cutting city parks, senior center and law enforcement, an unusual occurrence that showed the audience’s understanding that it actually meant a step away from those steep cuts.

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Scales of Justice

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/26/2013 07:14:50 AM PDT

The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 1:05 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 2:32 pm

Federal prosecutors are trying to bolster their case against the two men charged in the CalPERS bribery scandal by attempting to halt to a series of lawsuits that could interfere with the criminal case.

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By Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz
Published: June 25 E-mail the writers

In calling for a rewrite of one of the nation’s most significant civil rights laws , the Supreme Court has demanded that the other two branches of government design a guarantee of racial equality that reflects the realities of the 21st century.

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By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a decision bolstering private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled that a Florida landowner could sue a local government agency for denying him a building permit because he refused to pay for improvements on public property several miles away.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 – 7:46 am

When California’s new redistricting commission was divvying up the state’s 38 million residents among 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts in 2011, the federal Voting Rights Act loomed large.

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By Scott Bland
Updated: June 26, 2013 | 6:20 a.m.
June 25, 2013 | 9:59 p.m.

As eight senators huddled behind closed doors to craft a bipartisan and comprehensive immigration-reform bill, South Carolinians began seeing television ads bashing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham for his involvement. “Who elected Graham to demand amnesty and welfare for millions of illegal aliens?” a faceless voice asked in the February ad paid for by advocacy group NumbersUSA.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesday morning.

Consumer confidence reaches five-year high

The Conference Board reported this morning that its consumer confidence index climbed to 81.4 from 74.3 in May.

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SanManuel

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2013 06:00:33 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office are requesting that the county extend contracts with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for policing services and prosecution of crimes that occur on or near the casino.

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Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2013 07:31:24 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — Tuesday’s vote on whether to declare a fiscal emergency might be a final chance to avoid a “death spiral,” as Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz said Monday, but it’s not unprecedented.

The question is which precedent it will follow.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2013 09:31:41 PM PDT
Updated: 06/24/2013 09:31:57 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council tonight approved a resolution continuing funding for the 2011-13 fiscal year until the budget for fiscal year 2013-14 is ready.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto to vote on fiscal emergency

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June 24, 2013 11:13 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • The Adelanto City Council will hold a public hearing Wednesday to decide whether or not to declare a fiscal emergency, realizing that tax revenues will not cover the city’s budget for police and fire, officials said in a report.

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SBCO Seal

June 24, 2013; 05:20 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors are expected to approve a $10 million increase for the Adelanto jail expansion on Tuesday, June 25, because of project costs that continue to increase.

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

California Assembly Seal

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2013 – 8:49 am

With Democrats set to lose their Assembly supermajority this week, moderates are in the hot seat as the house decides the fate of one of organized labor’s top priorities.

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Jerry Brown

While appealing to Supreme Court to make the proposal unnecessary, he asks Legislature for $450 million to move inmates.

By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has asked lawmakers for money to move thousands of inmates out of crowded state prisons, even as he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to make such a step unnecessary.

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By David G. Savage
June 24, 2013, 2:59 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Defying widespread expectations that they were on the brink of doing away with affirmative action in higher education, the Supreme Court justices Monday upheld using race as a factor in admissions decisions but said colleges and universities must prove that race-based policies are truly necessary to achieve diversity.

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By JULIE PACE | Associated Press – 2 hrs 55 mins ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with Russia.

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InlandPolitics: Disbarred lawyer arrested

Scales of Justice

Monday, June 24, 2013 – 06:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that former Rancho Cucamonga attorney James Reiss has been arrested.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/23/2013 08:34:25 PM PDT

View: System Map | Rt-61 Corridor Map

A rapid-transit bus system is being prepared by Inland Empire cities.

The first of 10 Omnitrans’ bus rapid transit, or BRT, systems, is in what is known as the E Street Corridor in the San Bernardino area. It is set to be completed within a year and will allow bus riders to travel north and south from Cal State San Bernardino to Loma Linda University.

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The Sun: Colton City Council passes new budget

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Staff Reports
Posted: 06/23/2013 06:12:38 PM PDT

The Colton City Council has approved a $120.8 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14, according to officials.

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Calpensions: CalPERS wants lien on local government assets

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 24, 2013

Bankrupt San Bernardino skipped its payments to CalPERS this fiscal year, an unpaid bill totaling more than $13 million, and exposed a weakness in the pension system’s legal power to collect from deadbeats.

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Reuters: When the Ben and Beijing party comes to an end

Money

By Jonathan Spicer
Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:11am EDT

(Reuters) – Through the dark days of the financial crisis, and the grey days of the halting recovery that have followed, investors have always been able to count on backing from two sources – Ben Bernanke and Beijing.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this weekend.

California unemployment rate drops

The official unemployment rate for California has dropped again.

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InlandPolitics: Snowden matter a three-ring circus

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Sunday, June 23, 2013 – 06:00 p.m.

The drama over Former national Security Analyst Edward Snowden has now reached an embarrassing twist.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 – 8:31 am

Los Angeles County contains a quarter of the state’s population and is home to the nation’s second most populous city, more than 80 smaller cities, a like number of school districts and literally hundreds of single-purpose districts providing fire protection, water, parks, recreation and other services.

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The Atlantic: Jerry Brown, Constitutional Scofflaw

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On Thursday, three federal judges again reminded the California governor that his failure to fix prison overcrowding is a continuing violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Andrew Cohen
June 22 2013, 8:03 AM ET

Whatever happened to Jerry Brown? You know, the Jerry Brown who once studied to be a Jesuit priest. The Jerry Brown who once fought like a wildcat against the entrenched and the powerful on behalf of the powerless and the dispossessed. The Jerry Brown who once traveled to India and worked with Mother Teresa at her Home for the Dying. The Jerry Brown that conservatives (and others) once derided as “Governor Moonbeam.” The Jerry Brown who never made it as a national political figure because he was considered too much of a softie on law and order, crime and punishment.

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NEWS ANALYSIS

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
June 22, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will be put to a major test this week when the Supreme Court hands down its decisions on college affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage.

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WashPost: Risky derivatives trading comes roaring back

By Danielle Douglas,
Published: June 21 E-mail the writer

The exotic financial products that nearly crippled the economy in 2008 are roaring back at the nation’s biggest banks, according to data released Friday that reform advocates worry come just as regulations to rein in risky trading are being weakened in Washington.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 01:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this past week.

High volatility affecting investment markets

A roller coaster stock and bond market has investors a little jittery these days. The main reason is a fear the Federal Reserve will stop printing money soon. Over the past few years, the Fed has used its printing press to keep long-term interest rates low, and thus prop-up stock and real estate values. Now the time to test whether or not the economy will move along on its own is approaching.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Republican money for ex-Republican

Paul Leon

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon

June 21, 2013; 05:59 PM

Like its counterparts elsewhere, the San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee is all about electing Republicans.

Last week, though, the party reported giving $9,000 to a committee controlled by Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a former Republican who recently lost an election for the state Senate and now is running for the Assembly as an independent.

To read column by Jim Miller and Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Sheriff kicks off run

John McMahon

June 21, 2013; 07:19 PM

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon formally kicked off his election campaign Friday, June 21, 2013 as he prepares to make his first run for the office in the June 2014 election.

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

Grand Terrace

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/21/2013 08:37:44 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE — With “draconian” cuts and the specter of possibly disincorporating as a city looming, the City Council will meet Tuesday to make some tough choices.

Deep cuts now, or deeper cuts later.

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San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/21/2013 06:34:38 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — City Clerk Gigi Hanna this week reversed her earlier decision and invalidated many signatures seeking to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario approved $462 million budget

Ontario

Staff report
Posted: 06/21/2013 11:25:41 AM PDT
Updated: 06/21/2013 11:26:34 AM PDT

ONTARIO – In a special meeting, the Ontario City Council passed a $462 million budget for 2013- 2014 without having to dip into its emergency reserves.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 21, 2013

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Friday introduced a measure to incorporate provisions of the California Public Records Act in the state’s constitution.

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LATimes: Homeowners spending cautiously as values surge

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Consumers, using lessons learned from when the housing bubble burst, are weighing decisions more carefully, blunting the so-called wealth effect.

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
June 22, 2013

Dean Schefrin bought a home at just the right time.

He and his then-fiancee purchased their four-bedroom Thousand Oaks home last August, catching the rising wave of Southern California home prices. Less than a year later, he estimates his home is worth about 25% more than he paid.

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: More dubious decision making

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Friday, June 21, 2013 – 09:00 p.m.

One has to keep scratching their head over some of the decisions being made in San Bernardino government circles.

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By William Cutting
Friday, June 21, 2013 – 04:30 p.m.

As a parent, I know how difficult it can be to think of an original idea for a kid’s birthday party. The other day I read an interesting article about a company that puts together exotic pet viewings/showings for parties featuring many fascinating creatures. The company is called “SoCal Jungle” and they are in the business of reptile parties — and the article specifically discussed a birthday party in Rancho Cucamonga.

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San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/20/2013 11:40:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — City Clerk Gigi Hanna on Thursday reversed her earlier decision and invalidated any signatures seeking to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack.

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Travelers pass through LA/Ontario International Airport on Monday June 4, 2012. (File Photo)

By Liset Marquez
liset.marquez@ inlandnewspapers.com @DBOntarioNow on Twitter
Posted: 06/20/2013 07:14:15 PM PDT
Updated: 06/20/2013 07:36:20 PM PDT

ONTARIO >> With no signs of turning the corner, L.A./Ontario International Airport will see a decline in air service for the sixth year in a row, according to a recent report to the Ontario International Airport Authority.

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California Prisons

The order cites the state’s ‘deliberate failure’ to provide prisoners in overcrowded lockups with adequate care. Gov. Jerry Brown will appeal the ruling.

By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013, 6:59 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A trio of federal judges ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately begin freeing state inmates and waived state laws to allow early releases, threatening the governor with contempt if he does not comply.

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

Gov. Jerry Brown will support a bill reversing a proposed weakening of the California Public Records Act, apparently resolving the controversy that has swept over the Capitol in recent days.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 21, 2013 – 7:37 am

The seriocomedy over gutting the California Public Records Act continued Thursday as the politicians went into panic mode in the face of rapidly expanding criticism.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The U.S. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee is definitely in a corner.

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SBSO Sheriff

Thursday, June 20, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County cities contracting for law enforcement services with the sheriff’s department are now reconsidering the strategy.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson
Posted: 06/19/2013 03:34:59 PM PDT

A Federal Transit Administration audit, conducted in April on western San Bernardino County’s public transportation system Omnitrans, turned up 22 deficiencies, 19 of which pertained specifically to the agency’s $192 million sBX Rapid Transit project, The Sun has learned.

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By Liset Marquez
liset.marquez@inlandnewspapers.com | @DBOntarioNow on Twitter
Posted: 06/19/2013 07:10:39 PM PDT
Updated: 06/19/2013 07:13:11 PM PDT

ONTARIO — Don’t expect Los Angeles World Airports’ governing body to hold a board meeting at L.A./Ontario International Airport anytime soon.

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Mayor, councilman to meet with governor’s office
June 19, 2013 6:47 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

BARSTOW • City officials will travel to Sacramento to attend meetings with Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indian Tribe on July 2 to continue discussions about the Barstow Casino Project.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville to pursue $520K in hotel tax

Victorville

City says seven hotels are delinquent
June 19, 2013 12:25 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city unanimously passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting to collect about $520,000 in unpaid hotel taxes from seven local establishments.

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

VICTORVILLE • The California Energy Commission granted Victorville a five-year extension on the construction permit for the city’s 2 Hybrid Power Plan, City Manager Doug Robertson announced Wednesday.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia council approves budget

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June 19, 2013 12:04 PM
Rene De La Cruz, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The Gateway City to the High Desert will have an emptier wallet as it enters the new fiscal year, but there’s no panic at City Hall.

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SanManuel

June 20, 2013; 11:01 AM

St. Bernardine Medical Center received a grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians towards the purchase of the da Vinci Surgical System.

To read the contributed story in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

By Anthony York
June 19, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown indicated that he would support protecting public access to government records in a constitutional amendment to be voted on next fall, but still supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

Brown’s comments, which came in a statement released Wednesday evening, capped a wild day at the state Capitol, which had lawmakers scrambling to cope with the fallout of last week’s vote to water down the law. At Brown’s urging, both houses approved a measure making local compliance with part of the state’s public records laws optional.

To read entire story, click here.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 19, 2013

Pay for Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators and other top elected officials is going up, a state commission decided Wednesday.

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Calpensions: New CalPERS rate-hike era begins with cost cut

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By Ed Mendel
Thursday, June 20, 2013

State pension costs drop slightly in the new fiscal year under CalPERS rates set yesterday, a short break before a new full-funding policy adopted in April is expected to boost costs nearly 50 percent during the next seven years.

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NSA

By Ellen Nakashima
Published: June 19, 2013

The National Security Agency’s massive collection of Americans’ phone records has “played little or no role” in the disruption of dozens of terrorist plots, contrary to Obama administration assertions, said two U.S. senators who have access to classified information.

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InlandPolitics: What a shock! – James Gandolfini dead at 51

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – 04:45 p.m.

What a shock!

In the past hour, news sources have began writing about the sudden death of popular and gifted actor James Gandolfini.

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Money

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

In didn’t take long.

San Bernardino County politicos, a obsessed with making themselves look good the past couple years, now find themselves in an unexpected predicament.

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The PE: REDLANDS: City ponders ways to raise more money

Redlands

A Redlands city staff report states that tree trimming is one of several areas that need an infusion of cash.

June 18, 2013; 05:06 PM

Redlands officials may ask residents to dig into their pockets to help pay for better sidewalks, tree trimming and other expenditures.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City clerk recalls the recall

Moreno Valley seal

June 18, 2013; 08:51 PM

Moreno Valley City Clerk Jane Halstead has invalidated all three notices of intent to collect signatures to recall Mayor Tom Owings and City Council members Richard Stewart and Victoria Baca from their elected offices.

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

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/18/2013 09:43:43 PM PDT

The tab to defend San Bernardino County against nine lawsuits opposing a pipeline project environmentalists say will drain a swath of the Mojave Desert of precious groundwater grew to $1.5 million Tuesday after county supervisors approved an increase in legal costs.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 – 7:51 am

What goes around, comes around.

A state budget “trailer bill” now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature would eviscerate the California Public Records Act, a long-standing “sunshine law” that allows the press and public to access most state and local government documents.

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