Archive for August 8th, 2013

InlandPolitics: This and That!


Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

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

Hoops reportedly wants out of Inland Empire

Apparently retirement isn’t so hot for former San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Rod Hoops.

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The PE: TRANSIT: Inland bus agencies prepare for steep cuts


August 07, 2013; 05:28 PM

The two largest bus agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are preparing for steep cuts in service because of a possible loss of federal funding.

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

The Sun: At least 23 file for San Bernardino offices

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer l @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 08/07/2013 07:14:16 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — At least 23 people have filed papers to run for City Council or mayor, as deadlines quickly approach.

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August 07, 2013 6:01 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The importance of local businesses partnering with local governments was the message underscored at the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce’s State of the County breakfast Wednesday.

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Fontana Seal

By Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer l @FontanaNow on Twitter
Posted: 08/06/2013 09:04:06 AM PDT
Updated: 08/07/2013 09:20:55 PM PDT

FONTANA — This city has been ranked as the 15th safest in America, according to Business Insider, an Internet-only publication that used the FBI’s preliminary 2012 unified crime report data for 2012 to compile city rankings.

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Bank of America finds itself defending loans that then-CEO Ken Lewis called ‘toxic waste.’

Mark Calvey
Senior Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
Aug 7, 2013, 2:13pm PDT Updated: Aug 7, 2013, 2:35pm PDT

The Justice Department’s civil suit against Bank of America alleging fraud in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in 2008 will find the bank defending mortgages that even former CEO Ken Lewis once told analysts were “toxic waste.”

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By E. Scott Reckard
August 7, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. disclosed that it may become the latest giant bank to face a Justice Department lawsuit over bonds backed by housing-boom loans, and said a parallel criminal investigation is continuing.

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David Cavazos, who was hired away from Phoenix, will be one of the highest paid city employees in California. ‘You get what you pay for,’ one councilwoman says.

By Paloma Esquivel
August 7, 2013, 9:29 p.m.

Santa Ana has hired away Phoenix’s city manager and has agreed to an annual salary and benefits package of more than half a million dollars, instantly making him one of the highest paid city employees in California.

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LA County Seal

The county treasurer will end business with banks that donate to school bond campaigns, saying it influences hiring of underwriters. Other counties may follow.

By Dan Weikel
August 6, 2013, 9:29 p.m.

In an action that could influence government finance officials statewide, the Los Angeles County treasurer announced Tuesday that his office will no longer do business with securities brokers that make political contributions to school bond campaigns.

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County of San Diego Seal

What began with the complaints of three women against the San Diego mayor has snowballed into allegations of crude come-ons from more than a dozen.

Garance Franke-Ruta
Aug 7 2013, 10:16 AM ET

He was one of the early members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011 he chaired the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee. He represented an area that includes almost all of California’s border with Mexico. And now, at 70, he is mayor of San Diego.

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Mon, Aug 5 2013
By John Shiffman and David Ingram

WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 8, 2013 9:54am EDT

(Reuters) – Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years.

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