Archive for July, 2013

The PE: GARY MILLER: Super PAC ads target congressman on immigration

Gary Miller

Miller

July 30, 2013; 05:32 PM

SACRAMENTO — The election is more than 15 months away, but a Democrat-aligned super PAC already has spent almost $87,000 on TV ads criticizing Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

To story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

July 30, 2013; 04:35 PM

Riverside County supervisors took another step toward reviving a property tax incentive intended to lure homebuyers 55 and older.

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

Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos

July 30, 2013

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has filed for divorce from his wife of 31 years, Gretchen Ramos.

To read post by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise Political Empire Blog, click here.

Pay Cut

By Lauren Gold
twitter.com/laurenkgold
Posted: 07/30/2013 07:58:14 PM PDT
Updated: 07/31/2013 08:12:25 AM PDT

Database: Proposed funds for the Community Development Block Grant across the U.S.

Community nonprofits and local cities are sweating over a proposed bill by the House of Representatives that would slash Community Development Block Grants by nearly half for many cities in the state.

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California Seal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 30, 2013

California will spend $232.9 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year if the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed.

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LATimes: Michael Hiltzik: FERC lets JPMorgan walk

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JPMorgan manipulated California’s energy market to great profit, then lied about it. Its penalty? Chump change (one day’s revenue).

By Michael Hiltzik
July 30, 2013, 8:46 p.m.

If you take our federal and state energy authorities at their word, you just might be convinced that the $410-million penalty dropped Tuesday on JPMorgan Chase for manipulating energy markets in California and the Midwest is a big deal.

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UTSanDiego: Eighth Filner accuser comes forward

County of San Diego Seal

By Karen Kucher
July 30, 2013 – 5:12 p.m. – Updated 5:40 p.m.

An eighth woman alleging that Mayor Bob Filner made unwelcomed sexual advances toward her came forward Tuesday evening, telling KPBS that Filner in 2011 grabbed her hand and gave her a “saliva-filled kiss” after a business meeting.

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The Hill: Republican civil war on ObamaCare flares

The Hill

By Elise Viebeck and Molly K. Hooper
07/30/13 09:06 PM ET

The Republican civil war on ObamaCare funding is intensifying.

The battle pits powerful rank-and-file freshmen such as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) against veteran Washington players, including Karl Rove, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

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The Sun: Recall group in San Bernardino goes to court over signatures

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2013 03:23:44 PM PDT

View: Legal writ of mandate

SAN BERNARDINO — The group attempting to recall city elected officials filed a writ of mandate on Monday asking the San Bernardino Superior Court to force City Clerk Gigi Hanna to count signatures against James F. Penman that Hanna has rejected as improperly collected.

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Politico

The news organization Politico has named Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, who is challenging Rep. Gary Miller for his 31st District seat, to its annual watch list.

Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2013 10:19:17 PM PDT

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has been named one of “50 Politicos to watch 2013” by the Washington-based news organization, Politico.

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black ribbon

Ryan Carter, City Editor
Posted: 07/29/2013 07:46:51 PM PDT

Shel Bockman, who in 1985 was one of a trio of Cal State San Bernardino faculty to establish the Institute of Applied Research, beginning a regular series of reports that measured the business climate of San Bernardino, died Saturday after a long illness.

He was 77.

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Upland seal

Sandra Emerson
Posted: 07/29/2013 07:55:22 PM PDT
Updated: 07/29/2013 07:56:16 PM PDT

UPLAND – The Upland Finance and Economic Development Committee tonight agreed to recommend the proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget for approval by the City Council.

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walmart-logo

A rep says a judge sided with the retailer and it can proceed with a superstore on Tennessee Street

July 29, 2013; 05:59 PM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Wal-Mart on Monday, July 29, a company spokeswoman said, in a case that pitted a Redlands group against the corporation.

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

July 29, 2013 6:12 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

IVANPAH• The giant Ivanpah solar plant in the Mojave Desert approximately 110 miles east of Barstow and five miles west of the California-Nevada border will soon go online.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 6:50 am

One of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s first acts this year – before he became preoccupied with other affairs – was to end the use of cameras to catch motorists running red lights, labeling them “the San Diego version of a traffic trap.”

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WashPost: Regulators say JPMorgan gamed energy markets

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By Steven Mufson
Published: July 29, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unveiled charges against JPMorgan Chase on Monday, accusing the bank of charging California and Midwest electricity grids more than 80 times prevailing power prices through “manipulative bidding strategies.”

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Gunning for Ovitt?

TheShadow.preview

Monday, July 29, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

I went back and checked.

This blog has previously posted about how State Assemblyman Curt Hagman is considering a run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Hagman is termed out at the end of 2014, with no place to land.

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Fontana Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/28/2013 09:29:54 PM PDT
Updated: 07/28/2013 11:20:23 PM PDT

FONTANA — City Manager Ken Hunt is a survivor.

“He rides the economic waves in good times and bad times,” said Councilman Michael Tahan. “He maneuvers creatively.”

Last week, the City Council approved a five-year contract for Hunt to remain the city’s top administrator, a job he has held since 1999.

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unemployment

With so many people in California needing to use benefits, the state has had to borrow from the feds. Proposal would make businesses pay more.

CAPITOL BUSINESS BEAT

By Marc Lifsher
July 28, 2013, 7:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — In the closing days of the Legislature last year, Gov. Jerry Brown helped forge a compromise on a sweeping overhaul of the workers’ compensation insurance system and persuaded Democratic and Republican lawmakers to pass it into law.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 29, 2013

Employer satisfaction with CalPERS dropped during the last two years, a new internal survey found, apparently the result of a “perfect storm” of investment losses, scandal, rising rates and other problems.

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Calbuzz: Pervs Cling to Power While a Gassy Cop Wants Cash

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
July 29, 2013

On one coast, we have a prick of a mayor and on the other coast we have a would-be mayor obsessed by his prick. It’s hard to say who’s the creepiest perv: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner or New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. What we do know is this: neither jackass should be the top elected official of a major American city.

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Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh

By DYLAN BYERS |
7/28/13 7:59 PM EDT

In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.

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The Sun: OpEd: Warnings of wrongdoing have proved accurate

Jim Penman

San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman

Point of View

James F. Penman
Posted: 07/27/2013 06:54:11 PM PDT

A public office is a public trust and misrepresenting the facts to the public is one of the worst acts a public official can commit.

On Aug. 23, 2010, I advised the City Council that the budget they had just adopted put us into bankruptcy. I urged them to reverse their decision. Instead, the public was told I was “lying” and “grandstanding.”

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San Bernardino City Hall

A view of City Hall in downtown San Bernardino. San Bernardino officials first discussed bankruptcy as an imminent threat at a City council meeting in August 2010. How things went from bad to worse, culminating in the city’s filing for bankruptcy protection nearly a year ago, is a matter of debate. (File Photo)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2013 06:33:01 PM PDT

Photo gallery: San Bernardino a year later
View: Timeline

SAN BERNARDINO — With the one-year anniversary of the city’s bankruptcy filing and a pivotal court hearing on whether the city is eligible for that protection, both coming in August, city officials are looking for lessons from the August 2010 City Council meeting where bankruptcy was first discussed as an imminent threat.

But they can’t agree how things went wrong from there.

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LATimes: NSA faces backlash over collecting phone data

NSA

Federal officials continue to defend the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records, but public and congressional support is eroding. Even supporters say changes may be needed.

By Ken Dilanian
July 27, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A reporter recently asked the National Security Agency’s chief a blunt question: Why can’t he come up with a better example of a terrorism plot foiled through the bulk collection of U.S. phone records?

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County District Attorney files for divorce

Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos

Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

Another tip from inside the office has panned out.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has filed for divorce from his wife Gretchen Ramos.

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Campaigns

July 26, 2013; 06:23 PM

Organizers of a recall campaign in the city of San Bernardino have acknowledged that one of their signature-gatherers provided false information to a resident.

To read column by Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

In a lawsuit, the union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies contends the mposition of a new formula for pension benefits violates the union’s contract with the county.

July 26, 2013; 06:39 PM

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies is taking the county to court over what it contends is an improperly applied formula for determining retirement benefits.

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

waterdrop

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2013 08:08:38 PM PDT

Officials from the Santa Margarita Water District in Orange County and Cadiz Inc. held firm Friday in their support of the environmental studies behind a plan to pump Mojave Desert water to Southern California cities, despite a San Bernardino County congressman’s request for a federal environmental review.

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UTSanDiego: Filner hangs on, opts for therapy

Embattled mayor plans to enter residential counseling, but will be briefed on city business
By Craig Gustafs
July 26, 2013 – 12:06 p.m./Updated 4:19 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been dogged by calls for his resignation over sexual harassment allegations, called his treatment of women “inexcusable” Friday and said he would undergo two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy but not relinquish power.

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Politico: Tax increases divide House Democrats

U.S. House of Representatives

By BRIAN FALER | 7/25/13 11:15 PM EDT

Democrats’ bright line on taxes isn’t so bright for some.

A sizable bloc of the 16 Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee is contemplating agreeing to Republican demands that any tax overhaul not include tax increases, bucking their party on what has become a signature issue.

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U.S. Capitol

Republicans are heavily favored to retain control of the House — so far.

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 7/26/13 5:00 AM EDT

Not again.

That’s the message several national GOP strategists and some lawmakers have for Republicans hell bent on waging another fiscal fight this fall.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Stone to run for 28th District seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone

July 25, 2013; 06:01 PM

SACRAMENTO – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who lost a state Senate race in 2010, is making another run.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Friday closures now over

Riverside-County-Seal

The County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside will be open to the public on Fridays starting this week. Certain non-essential offices have been closed on Fridays since 2009 as a cost-saving measure.

July 25, 2013; 05:35 PM

Starting Friday, July 26, you can do something you haven’t been able to do in four years – walk into Riverside County headquarters on a Friday.

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

Pension Reform

Staff Reports
Posted: 07/25/2013 12:09:10 PM PDT
Updated: 07/25/2013 12:11:20 PM PDT

From San Bernardino to Detroit and in many smaller cities in between, a legal question rages that could change the course of American politics forever. When a city declares bankruptcy, does it still have to pay the retirement benefits promised to its city workers?

Getting this one right is a truly daunting legal challenge.

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VVDailyPress: Vote shrinks county courts deficit

Scales of Justice

Now in a $5 million hole, local judiciary closer to balanced budget
July 25, 2013 6:38 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO • San Bernardino County courts remain in a hole of about $5 million even after the state’s Judicial Council on Thursday voted to allocate $6.6 million to the local judiciary.

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Bloomberg Logo

By Michael B. Marois – Jul 24, 2013 8:25 PM PT

Six years ago, California lawmakers shook hands on a $7.4 billion deal to build lockups for 53,000 prisoners to reduce overcrowding that was so severe a federal judge threatened to set thousands of convicts free.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

There are still some votes to be counted, but it appears certain that Republican rancher Andy Vidak has captured a San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat, and in doing so placed the Democrats’ Senate supermajority in peril.

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Budget Cuts

By David Lawder and Caren Bohan
WASHINGTON | Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:05am EDT

(Reuters) – Another dramatic showdown between Republicans and the White House over federal spending looks inevitable this fall, with scary talk of government shutdowns and default on government debt.

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Voice of OC: FBI Spearheads Task Force to Probe OC Political Corruption

Orange County Seal

The FBI says it’s formed a task force to investigate political corruption in Orange County.

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 2:31 pm, Thu Jul 25, 2013.
By TRACY WOOD and NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

The FBI, Internal Revenue Service, district attorney and U.S. attorney’s office have formed a task force to investigate reports of political corruption in Orange County, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

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FINRA-Logo

Thursday, July 25, 2013 – 04:00 p.m.

Redlands-based investment advisory firm Thornes and Associates, and its principle John Thornes, have been barred from the financial services industry.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Thursday, July 25, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this Thursday morning.

Number of lawsuits against disbarred rise

The number of civil lawsuits against disbarred Rancho Cucamonga lawyer James Reiss is now at 17.

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Field Poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the 51st Delta Sigma Theta National Convention in Washington earlier this month.

July 25, 2013; 06:01 AM

SACRAMENTO –- California voters continue to look favorably upon Hillary Clinton as presidential material, a new survey shows.

To read story by Rachel Uda in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

July 24, 2013; 05:55 PM

A developer with a track record for turning around troubled, subsidized housing has a plan to transform the once-notorious Waterman Gardens project in San Bernardino into safe, modern housing.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

In all, the project could cost more than $300M since county offices will have to be moved to make way for the East County Detention Center

July 24, 2013; 04:51 PM

Expanding Riverside County’s jail in Indio to ease a jail bed shortage could cost taxpayers $30 million more than expected, county documents show.

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

The Sun: Countdown to Obamacare: 68 days

Health Insurance Rates

By Ryan Teague Beckwith, Digital First Media
Posted: 07/25/2013 06:27:16 AM PDT

There are 68 days until the next major part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in.

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By Jenna Johnson
Published: July 24, 2013

The U.S. Senate approved a plan Wednesday to restructure the government’s education loan program, tying interest rates to the market and imposing limits on how high those rates can go.

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By David Hawkings
Posted at 6:13 p.m. on July 24

President Barack Obama’s effort to pivot Washington’s attention back onto the economy — and claim the public opinion upper hand before his budget battle with Congress is rejoined this fall — had all the hallmarks of a recent State of the Union address.

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NSA

By Ken Dilanian and Michael A. Memoli
July 24, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

WASHINGTON – After furious lobbying by the Obama administration and Republican leaders, the House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly defeated an amendment that would have curtailed the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. phone calling records revealed recently by Edward Snowden.

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Hmmm

Zimmerman and another man helped family to safety after SUV rollover, deputies say.
By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
6:40 p.m. EDT, July 24, 2013

George Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara told reporters Wednesday that a family Zimmerman helped rescue from an SUV crash in Seminole County last week backed out of a planned news conference due to concerns about being linked to the controversial former defendant.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2013 07:48:38 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — An investigation has concluded that the man who was videotaped making misleading statements in an apparent effort to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack worked for a subcontractor affiliated with the main recall group, and he and any signatures he collected have been removed from the field, campaign manager Michael McKinney said Tuesday.

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Riverside-County-Seal

July 23, 2013; 09:22 PM

Technical problems continue to delay the launch of a $172 million radio network intended to bring Riverside County’s public safety communications into the 21st century.

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

SBCO Seal

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2013 06:30:24 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a temporary moratorium on commercial solar energy projects by 10 months, 15 days in order to set design standards and land-use parameters for such projects.

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Upland seal

Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2013 08:43:42 PM PDT
Updated: 07/24/2013 12:36:15 AM PDT

View: Complaint

The City of Upland has filed a lawsuit against its insurers claiming bad faith and breach of contract by the two companies regarding the 2004 Colonies lawsuit.

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PG&E

July 23, 2013 10:59 AM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

HINKLEY• A new class action lawsuit representing at least 100 Hinkley residents who were not a part of the original litigation against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., was filed in San Bernardino County Court last week, according to the lead attorney on the case.

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By Alejandro Lazo
July 23, 2013, 11:36 a.m.

New California foreclosure filings rose considerably in the first quarter over the second but were still down 53% from the same period a year prior and held to their second-lowest level in seven years.

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Field Poll

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 – 6:53 am

Public approval of Gov. Jerry Brown has dipped from a high point earlier this year, but he continues to enjoy support from a majority of California voters, according to a Field Poll being released today.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown on a big roll

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 24, 2013 – 6:48 am

Jerry Brown’s second governorship got off to a rocky start as he squabbled with both Republicans and his fellow Democrats over the state budget’s deficit and finally resorted to fiscal sleight of hand to balance it on paper.

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LA County Seal

The agreement will provide a 6% raise in three increments of 2% between this month and January 2015 for more than 13,000 employees.

By Abby Sewell
July 23, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

With Los Angeles County government’s revenue on the mend, the Board of Supervisors approved the first pay hike in five years for sheriff’s deputies and probation officers.

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Time (AP): Obama, Lawmakers Square Off Over NSA Authority

NSA

Domestic Surveillance
By AP / Donna Cassata and Josh Lederman July 23, 20

(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration squared off with skeptical lawmakers Tuesday over efforts to terminate the government’s authority to collect phone records of millions of Americans, a proposition that exposed sharp divisions among members of Congress.

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RollCall: Shutdown Blame Game Begins Anew

Roll Call

By Steven T. Dennis
Roll Call Staff
July 23, 2013, 6:39 p.m.

McConnell noted that he expected the White House to push for sequester relief, but he rejected the idea of using new revenue to offset sequester cuts.

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GOP

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 11:15 p.m.

The Democratic super-majority in the California Senate is now razor thin.

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InlandPolitics: AD 52: Leon, Rodriguez head to runoff

Campaigns

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 10:30 p.m.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a no-party preference candidate, and Democratic Candidate Freddie Rodriguez, will compete in a September runoff election.

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SBCO Seal

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 06:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County’s investment pool has received the highest credit rating for safety and stability.

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Angel Blowing Horn

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Just to be fair, we wanted to follow-up on our story titled, Blowing that horn!, published last Saturday. So we took a look at the top District Attorney’s in the state to see how active they are in blowing their own horns in the media.

What we found was very interesting!

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Recall

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2013 08:51:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The statements made in a video where a man carrying a petition to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack claims he is gathering signatures “to get her back on the council” is deceptive — all sides agree on that.

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gavel

July 22, 2013; 08:18 PM

A law enforcement union that fired a Temecula man in 2005 must reinstate him and immediately begin paying his $98,235-a-year salary, ruled the federal judge who oversaw a whistleblower lawsuit by the dismissed union official.

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

Vote

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2013 05:39:43 PM PDT
Updated: 07/22/2013 10:33:25 PM PDT

Seven Democrats, one Republican and one independent are running in Tuesday’s election for the 52nd Assembly District seat.

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Field Poll

By Annalise Mantz
amantz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 8:37 am

California voters’ approval of President Barack Obama has plummeted to just over 50 percent, according to the Field Poll released Monday.

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Roll Call

By Abby Livingston
Roll Call Staff
July 22, 2013, 5:08 p.m.

The California Labor Federation has issued a “Do Not Hire” list that includes six consultants who allegedly took part in creating direct mail that slammed two Democratic state lawmakers for supporting unions in their races against Democratic challengers.

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By Jim Christie
SAN FRANCISCO | Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:26pm EDT

(Reuters) – California’s third-largest city, San Jose, and its employee unions faced off in court on Monday over public pension reforms in a case that has major implications for other local governments across the state trying to rein in the costs of retirement benefits.

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By Ed Mendel | 07/22/13 5:00 AM PST

Bond insurers who walked away from mediation last year before Stockton filed for bankruptcy are at the table this summer. A deal could avoid a precedent-setting legal showdown on whether public pensions can be cut in bankruptcy.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 – 6:49 am

California’s four living former governors have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of current Gov. Jerry Brown’s plea for relief from a court order to drop the state’s prison population by nearly 10,000 more inmates.

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InlandPolitics: Redlands advisor leaves securities industry amid fraud allegations

Investments

Monday, July 22, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

A long-time Redlands-based investment advisor, who is at the center of allegations he misappropriated $4.2 million of client funds is leaving the securities business.

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Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2013 06:14:19 PM PDT
Updated: 07/21/2013 06:14:27 PM PDT

UPLAND — The City Council will not consider its 2013-14 fiscal year budget during Monday’s council meeting as previously planned.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Bankruptcy zeroes in on pensions

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 – 6:22 am

The state constitutions of Michigan and California have almost identical provisions prohibiting what lawyers call “impairment of contract.”

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pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 22, 2013

Bond insurers who walked away from mediation last year before Stockton filed for bankruptcy are at the table this summer. A deal could avoid a precedent-setting legal showdown on whether public pensions can be cut in bankruptcy.

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The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 07/21/13 02:15 PM ET

President Obama talked earlier this year of a Democratic takeover of the House, but instead his party is now in danger of losing the Senate.

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InlandPolitics: From the internet

Wiretapping.jpg

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

A photo collage that speaks volumes.

InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week. In cased you missed it!

Detroit files bankruptcy

Yes, this time it’s Detriot. That’s a city located in the state of Michigan. For those that didn’t know!

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TheShadow.preview

Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Elected officials just never learn.

It’s true!

You know that old saying about living in glass houses?

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Campaigns

July 20, 2013; 03:35 PM

Tuesday is a special Election Day in the Pomona-to-Fontana 52nd Assembly District, where nine candidates are on the ballot: seven Democrats, a Republican and a no-party preference.

The race has gotten a lot more interesting in its closing days. Apparently spooked by private polling, Democrats and their allies have poured money into a district that President Barack Obama carried by a 2-to-1 margin last fall.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino recall deception?

Recall

Video shows false statements made related to recall effort
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2013 09:55:31 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — A video put online late Saturday night shows what appears to be a man attempting to gather signatures to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack by falsely claiming that he works with the city and is attempting to protect McCammack.

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VVDailyPress: Cook part of No Labels effort

Paul Cook

Cook

July 20, 2013 6:02 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, took part in a bipartisan action meant to recover America’s confidence in the ability of Congress to work together.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 – 7:54 am

The Bee has published an online database about lobbying expenditures during the 2011-12 legislative session totaling $564 million, up about 5 percent from the previous two-year period.

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