Archive for August, 2013

The PE: CONGRESS: Making the rounds during recess

Gary Miller

Gary Miller steps off the stage after speaking during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Colton Crossing on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

August 30, 2013; 06:54 PM

For members of Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation, summer recess means time to tour businesses in their districts, meet with local elected officials and even journey to the border of war-torn Syria.

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

San Bernardino Seal

The city of San Bernardino was in court on Wednesday to hear a decision on the Chapter 9 bankruptcy eligibility.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/29/13, 7:19 PM PDT | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The relief city officials felt when a federal judge granted them bankruptcy protection on Wednesday didn’t last long before that same judge and many of their constituents asked a pressing question: Now what?

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By Jean Merl
August 30, 2013, 12:44 p.m.

Activists in bankrupt San Bernardino have qualified their effort to recall three city officials this fall, the county registrar of voters has announced.

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Colonies Aerial

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/30/13, 9:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

UPLAND>> As the Colonies Crossroads development continues to expand, so does the tax revenue generated to the city.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Blunt talk on airport’s sharp decline

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

August 30, 2013; 05:01 PM

Inland officials spoke more bluntly about the crisis of declining passenger numbers at Ontario International Airport last week than I have heard them speak before.

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

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2013, 8:16 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — The California Republican Party violated state campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose its contributions last year to a campaign against newly drawn state Senate districts, the state’s ethics agency has concluded.

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Campaigns

Democrats make up 43.9 percent of the registered population, but the state’s share of Republicans has declined to 28.9 percent.

Aug 30, 2013, 1:25pm PDT
Christopher Arns
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

A new study of California voters shows the state’s Republican Party may be in deeper trouble than previously thought.

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LA Angels

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 3:54 pm | Updated: 12:24 pm, Sat Aug 31, 2013.
By ADAM ELMAHREK

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could soon drop hometown Anaheim from its brand altogether, under a newly proposed lease.

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Bob Filner

The 70-year-old Democrat is nowhere to be seen on his last day at City Hall, and his chief of staff leaves by a back entrance.

By Tony Perry
August 30, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — After nine months of chaotic governance, and six weeks of headline-grabbing accusations of sexual harassment, the tenure of Bob Filner as mayor came to a quiet end at 5 p.m. Friday when his forced resignation became effective.

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The Sun: Penman, two council members to be on San Bernardino recall ballot

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/29/13, 10:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Petitioners gathered enough valid signatures to put recalls of City Attorney James F. Penman, Councilman John Valdivia and Councilwoman Wendy McCammack on the ballot, but not enough for Councilman Chas Kelley, City Clerk Gigi Hanna said Thursday.

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SBCO Sheriff Badge

August 29, 2013; 07:04 PM

A former San Bernardino County sheriff’s employee accused of falsifying training records to boost pay accepted a plea deal on Wednesday, Aug. 28, according to court records.

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

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/29/13, 5:37 PM PDT |

The tenure of Bob Blough as general manager of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association, the county’s largest labor union, has come to an end.

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Schools

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/29/13, 11:30 AM PDT |

At the end of a test score era, Inland Empire schools more or less held steady on the Academic Performance Index scores released by the state Department of Education on Thursday.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown outlines prison plan for federal judges

Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 29, 2013

Two days after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed moving thousands of prisoners to local facilities and out of state to comply with a court order to reduce California’s prison population, the administration outlined the plan in a court filing this evening but suggested it is still preparing for potential inmate releases if the plan fails in the Legislature.

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By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Recognizing that California counties were fast running out of space to lock up offenders, state lawmakers authorized $1.2 billion for jail construction in 2007.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Darrell Steinberg, the state Senate’s top leader, is offering Gov. Jerry Brown a way to salvage something positive from his otherwise losing fight over prisons.

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Medical Marijuana

By David G. Savage
August 29, 2013, 10:32 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Thursday a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana, saying it will not interfere with new state laws that permit recreational use of marijuana.

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NSA

By Craig Timberg and Barton Gellman
Published: August 29

The National Security Agency is paying hundreds of millions of dollars a year to U.S. companies for clandestine access to their communications networks, filtering vast traffic flows for foreign targets in a process that also sweeps in large volumes of American telephone calls, e-mails and instant messages.

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The Sun: San Bernardino eligible for bankruptcy protection, rules bankruptcy judge

Pat Morris

San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris arrives on Wednesday to the United States Bankruptcy court in Riverside. A tentative ruling by a Federal judge grants San Bernardino bankrupty protection. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/13, 1:28 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A year of limbo ended Wednesday when San Bernardino was granted bankruptcy protection, moving the city into the next stage of its attempt to reorganize and regain solvency.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/28/13, 5:19 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

San Bernardino County will pay a former sheriff’s deputy $885,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging he was fired for taking time off from work to care for his ailing mother.

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By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/28/13, 7:26 PM PDT |

Officials and concerned citizens said Wednesday that a federal judge’s tentative ruling qualifying San Bernardino for Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a good start, but remained wary of the city repeating the same mistakes.

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The PE: August 28, 2013; 09:29 PM

Moreno Valley seal

August 28, 2013; 09:29 PM

A federal political corruption probe has widened to include Moreno Valley City Hall, city officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, Councilman Richard Stewart said Wednesday, Aug. 28, that investigators have given him permission to say he is not a target of the investigation. Law enforcement agents would not confirm Stewart’s announcement.

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

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/28/13, 6:57 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Rialto >> The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools this week became the third agency to audit Rialto Unified’s Nutrition Services Department.

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The Sun: Upland’s public safety hurt by budget cuts

Upland seal

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/27/13, 6:03 PM PDT |

UPLAND>> The police chief this week gave city officials a sense of what the city’s public safety future could look like, should budget cuts continue.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 28, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez do not appear receptive to Senate leader Darrell Steinberg’s proposal to settle the lawsuit inmate advocates have brought against the state over crowding in California prisons.

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Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown

By Amanda Ramirez | 08/28/13 8:00 AM PST

As a newspaper publisher, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown is not shy about her advocacy for journalists.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: DA political letter and photos under investigation

Mike Hestrin

Mike Hestrin

August 27, 2013; 05:56 PM

Federal authorities are investigating a political letter using the Riverside police union’s letterhead and claiming to include racy photos of a district attorney candidate’s wife.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Fired deputy gets $885,000

John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was among the defendants in a lawsuit settled by the county. (David Bauman/Staff Photographer)

August 27, 2013; 07:21 PM

San Bernardino County has agreed to pay a former sheriff’s deputy $885,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the department of firing him for taking time off too to care for his ailing mother.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Pension costs studied

SBCO Seal

August 27, 2013; 04:45 PM

San Bernardino County is pursuing sound policies to make good on its pension obligations but still is making up for large investment losses it suffered four years ago, officials said Tuesday, Aug. 27.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/27/13, 8:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> A hearing today isn’t expected to be the end of the city’s yearlong trial in bankruptcy court, or even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.

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Gary Miller

Gary Miller

August 27, 2013

Democrats and immigration rights activists are continuing to keep the heat on Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the 2014 mid-term elections.

To read post by Imran Ghori on The Press Enterprise, Politics Blog, click here.

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone

August 28, 2013

Jeff Stone’s state Senate campaign released a poll that bodes well for the Riverside County supervisor.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise Political Empire Blog, click here.

ON30-ONT-REGIONAL-TRC

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/27/13, 7:58 PM PDT |

In a rare disclosure, LA/Ontario International Airport’s general manager admitted the agency has not done enough to promote local use of the struggling facility.

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 27, 2013

Under court order to reduce California’s prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by the end of the year, Gov. Jerry Brown asked the Legislature this afternoon to authorize about $315 million to avoid a mass release.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Eight months ago, while asking federal judges to modify an order to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown uttered these words: “We can’t pour more and more money down the rat hole of incarceration. We have to spend as much as we need, but no more, and I think we’ve hit that point.”

Never mind.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 27, 2013

Legal immigrants who are not citizens will be able to serve as poll workers in California after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that was heavily opposed by Republicans.

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Dan Morain

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 – 12:23 am

Backers of a referendum to halt an Indian casino from opening on Highway 99 north of Fresno are earnest people whose simple goal is to protect their quaint lifestyle, or so their campaign’s name would suggest.

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Bloomberg News
August 27, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Bank of America Corp. must face a trial next month in a lawsuit alleging that its Countrywide unit defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them billions of dollars in bad mortgages, a federal judge ruled.

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Facebook

By Matt Apuzo
Associated Press
Posted: 08/27/2013 07:55:02 AM PDT | Updated: about 17 hours ago

WASHINGTON — Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel-Mexican Mafia “Murder-for-hire” trial delayed

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

Medical issues have delayed the punitive damages phase of a civil trial against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ontario airport is focus of city talks

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

August 26, 2013; 04:32 PM

Spotlights are shining on Ontario International Airport from many directions these days.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey got a visit from Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey and ONT’s part-time General Manager Jess Romo in mid-June to talk about the status of the airport.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/26/13, 11:24 AM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Attorney Tim Prince began his campaign Monday to become the next city attorney, making him the first to officially announce his candidacy in any of the recall elections that might be held Nov. 5.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown has never considered consistency a virtue during his nearly half-century in California politics.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown signs dozens of new laws

Jerry Brown

Bills signed by Jerry Brown include one to allow government background checks for coach applicants in private youth sports leagues.

By Melanie Mason
August 26, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than two dozen bills into law Monday, including one meant to protect pets from accidentally being killed by traps designed to catch small wild animals.

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NSA

By SCOTT SHANE
Published: August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — In a detailed legal attack on the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone call data, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in court papers filed Monday that the sweeping data gathering violates the Constitution and should be halted.
Related

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Politico: Debt limit to be hit by mid-October

U.S. Department of Treasury

By BRIAN FALER | 8/26/13 4:35 PM EDT

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday warned congressional leaders that the government will run up against its borrowing limit by mid-October, setting up an earlier-than-expected deadline for what will be the fall’s most contentious battle between the Obama administration and Republicans.

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The Sun: Mexican Mafia ‘hitman for hire’ trial continues in San Bernardino

SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 7:19 PM PDT |

The second phase of a trial in which a man suing two San Manuel tribal members, alleging they had the Mexican Mafia try to kill him, begins Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 8:13 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hold a study session to discuss the continuing decline of Ontario International Airport, how the pension system is impacting county finances and litigation the county plans to enter into against Office Depot.

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ARMC

By Mark Gutglueck
Friday, August, 23, 2013

In one of the final acts of bureaucratic housekeeping at the county hospital before a new medical director arrives next month, the hospital’s administrator this week prevailed upon the county board of supervisors to ensure that the findings of an internal audit of hospital operations remains beyond the scrutiny of the public and taxpayers. Moreover, the manner in which the item was presented limits the likelihood that the supervisors themselves will review the audit.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Taking the supes show on road

Campaigns

A Riverside County supervisor’s plan to hold sessions in remote locales will be tested Oct. 1

August 25, 2013; 10:01 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to take county government on a trip to places he hopes will send him to Sacramento.

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

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 5:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A longtime veteran of San Bernardino International Airport is moving up to the No. 2 job there.

Mark Gibbs, who has been airport manager since early 2012 and was an operations officer before that, has been chosen as deputy director for aviation, Executive Director AJ Wilson announced Thursday.

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Scott Mesa

Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa sits in his new office at the FUSD police headquarters in Fontana on Tuesday. Mesa is the district’s first police chief who is not a member of the Fontana Police Department in about a decade. (Rachel Luna — staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 8:54 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa feels he is in a lucky position.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 26, 2013

CalPERS is not investing enough money through minority-owned firms, two trade associations and several money managers say, and some want a legislative audit of “unfair” decisions, particularly for lucrative private equity funds.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

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

Five years ago, Darrell Steinberg carried into law a sweeping revision of California’s local land-use rules, aimed at creating what the legislation called “sustainable communities.”

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UTSanDiego: Who turned screws on Filner?

Diverse group stepped forward to confront mayor
By John Wilkens
August 25, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

The scandal started on high-boil and stayed there for six weeks. Every time Mayor Bob Filner or his supporters tried to put the lid on, somebody else stepped forward to turn up the heat.

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Calbuzz: Why FPPC Should Expose Online Campaign Trolls

Campaign Troll

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Monday, August 26, 2013

There is simply no logical or ethical reason to oppose a proposal, pending before the Fair Political Practices Commission, that would require candidates and campaigns to identify the people and amounts of money they pay to post propaganda online

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San Bernardino Seal

By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES | Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:07am EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino is expected to learn on Wednesday if it is eligible for bankruptcy protection despite the opposition of California’s powerful public pension system – an important test for the federal law used by Detroit and other U.S. cities burdened by pension payment costs.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week, in case you missed it!

San Bernardino County to take sweeping charter reform to voters.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors thinks the county charter needs a major overhaul.

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SBCO Seal

Related Article: Insurer to pay S.B. County $45 million-plus towards Colonies settlement

Friday, August 23, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 25, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

What’s the motivation behind the efforts of official’s in San Bernardino County, California, to withhold news of a sizeable arbitration award from the public?

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Dr. Ron Hattis, Vice President of the Redlands Area Democratic Club, left, introduces candidates for the 31st Congressional District covering San Bernardino County during a forum on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Redlands. Candidates pictured are Pete Aguilar, 2nd from left, Joe Baca, 3rd from left, and Eloise Gomez Reyes, right. (Stan Lim/Photographer)

August 24, 2013; 05:29 PM

With nine months to go until the June primary, Democrats running in the 31st Congressional District mixed subtle jabs with broad agreement on the issues during a forum Saturday, Aug. 24.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 – 12:18 am

The New York Times published what has become a standard paean to Jerry Brown from the out-of-state media the other day, citing his balancing the budget and implying that he sparked California’s emergence from recession.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
August 24, 2013

Caifornia’s state prison officers will receive a 4 percent pay raise and earn overtime more easily under the terms of a tentative agreement reached with Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: State seeks to garnish Inland city’s revenue

Ontario

August 23, 2013; 05:55 PM

SACRAMENTO — Signaling a toughening line on local governments that refuse to transfer former redevelopment assets, the Brown administration this week moved to grab $21.7 million in sales-tax money from Ontario.

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

SBCO District Attorney

By Beau Yarbrough, beau.yarbrough@ inlandnewspapers.com, @inlanded on Twitter
Posted: 08/23/13, 7:02 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> In a few weeks, it’ll be six years since California Charter Academy founder C. Steven Cox and former Hesperia Mayor Tad Honeycutt were charged with a variety of financial improprieties relating to the state’s largest chain of charter schools — and there’s still no trial date in sight.

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UTSanDiego: State criminal probe of Filner under way

California Department of Justice

By Greg Moran
Aug. 23, 2013 – 05:13 p.m. / Updated 09:31 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation Friday solved his immediate political problem of trying to fight off a recall movement that could have removed him from office.

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UTSanDiego: Filner resigns, council OKs exit deal

By Craig Gustafson
Aug. 23, 2013 – 03:42 p.m. / Updated 07:54 p.m.

Bob Filner announced his resignation Friday as San Diego’s 35th mayor following a tumultuous six weeks in which lurid allegations of repeated sexual misconduct against women crippled his ability to lead and turned him into a subject of national ridicule.

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InlandPolitics: Outside management for casino?

Slot Machines

Friday, August 23, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

Could outside management be in the cards for San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino?

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

August 22, 2013; 07:19 PM

A federal bankruptcy judge denied a request on Thursday, Aug. 22, by San Bernardino officials to block state efforts to collect $15.2 million in disputed redevelopment funds from the city.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/22/13, 1:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Petitions seeking to recall City Attorney James F. Penman and several City Council members must be counted, Superior Court Judge David Cohn ruled Thursday in a decision that will allow the recall election to be held on the same ballot as the regular election if enough signatures are considered valid.

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Politico: Debt ceiling drama underway

GOP

By JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN | 8/22/13 8:47 PM EDT Updated: 8/23/13 8:02 AM EDT

House Republicans have no idea how they’re going to lift the debt ceiling this fall — top aides and lawmakers freely admit it.

But Republicans say their best hope is to try to leverage Democrats’ desire to blunt sequester cuts to get something in return for raising the nation’s borrowing limit.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino recall signature verification could proceed

Breaking_News

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

In a hearing this morning, a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge is indicating he is leaning towards allowing verification of recall signatures collected against four San Bernardino city officials.

Arguments are still being made.

Developing…..

InlandPolitics: Another self-aggrandizing effort

Mike Ramos

In this July 3, 2013 file photo, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos speaks about an arrest during a press conference in Riverside. (Rachel Luna / Staff Photographer)

Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 10:14 a.m.

Another self-aggrandizing effort from San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Union chief is out

SBPEA

August 21, 2013; 06:08 PM

The longtime head of San Bernardino County’s largest public employees union is no longer with the organization, according to the group’s website.

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

SBIAA Runway
The Grand Jury´s extensive criticism of the San Bernardino International Airport last year has been followed by a report this year concluding airport officials have now followed all of the Grand Jury´s recommendations. Is this another sign of turn-around for the airport, now that a developer has been removed from it and is instead facing felony charges? Airport officials and Mayor Pat Morris will say yes, and good times are ahead. Other critics will say no, the airport still has insurmountable obstacles. (Sun staff file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/21/13, 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The San Bernardino International Airport board voted unanimously Wednesday to negotiate a contract to market the airport.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 1:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 day ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

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Redlands

By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/21/13, 5:25 PM PDT | Updated: 15 hrs ago

REDLANDS >> City administrators signed a new contract last month. General employees are on the verge of finalizing theirs next month. And city officials are hosting an meeting to discuss the contracts with residents at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers.

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UTSanDiego: Filner could be out by Friday

By Craig Gustafson and Mark Walker
Aug. 21, 2013 – 07:10 p.m./Updated 9:07 p.m.

Mayor Bob Filner reached a proposed settlement agreement with his legal adversaries Wednesday that likely sets the stage for the end of his brief, scandal-plagued tenure as San Diego’s 35th mayor.

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Aug 21, 2013, 2:56pm PDT Updated: Aug 22, 2013, 7:46am PDT
Mark Calvey
Senior Reporter- San Francisco Business Times

Wells Fargo is cutting staff as higher rates cool residential mortgage lending, which has been on a tear in recent years.

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NYTimes: In California, a Champion for Police Cameras

Rialto PD

By IAN LOVETT
Published: August 21, 2013

RIALTO, Calif. — “Get on the ground,” Sgt. Chris Hice instructed. The teenage suspects sat on the curb while Sergeant Hice handcuffed them.

Sergeant Hice wore a camera as he detained two suspects. He said he viewed the camera as a kind of protection.

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NSA

By TONY ROMM and ALEX BYERS | 8/21/13 11:05 PM EDT

Congressional critics of government surveillance blasted the NSA and promised additional hearings after the Obama administration on Wednesday declassified documents that show thousands of Americans’ emails had been scooped up.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Charter overhaul proposed

SBCO Seal

August 20, 2013; 06:15 PM

San Bernardino County voters may be asked to overhaul the 101-year-old charter that outlines how county government operates.

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

You're Fired

By Staff report
Posted: 08/20/13, 10:16 PM PDT | Updated: 10 hrs ago

Former Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi was fired Tuesday night from his position as town manager of Yucca Valley, according to a news release from Town Clerk Lesley Copeland.

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By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/20/13, 4:07 PM PDT |

The Redlands Area Democratic Club will host a forum for Democratic candidates to express their views on policy issues as they attempt to oust Republican Gary Miller from his 31st District seat in 2014.

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By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/20/13, 2:25 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

RIALTO >> The city’s code enforcement department has given an Orange County developer until the end of the month to remove weeds and dead trees from the former El Rancho Verde Golf Course,

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Money

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 – 12:05 am

Fans of nibbling shrimp, sipping wine and mingling with the powerful are in luck right now – if they’ve got at least $1,000 to drop.

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