Archive for July 28th, 2013

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
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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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