Archive for September, 2013

InlandPolitics: SB County: Veteran prosecutor announces run for District Attorney

Campaigns

Monday, September 30, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

A veteran prosecutor announced, via press release this morning, that he will challenge three-term incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos in June.

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city-of-riverside-seal

September 27, 2013; 06:16 PM

Riverside officials have agreed to a deal that would allow a developer to build a 1 million-square-foot logistics center on land the city utility owns in San Bernardino — and that could ultimately yield a total of more than $48 million for Riverside’s water utility.

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

The PE: ONTARIO: Passenger numbers plunge at Inland airport

Ontario International Airport

September 29, 2013

Passenger numbers plunged alarmingly at Ontario International Airport in August, down 14.68 percent compared to August 2012.

The setback is worse than Ontario International Airport Authority board members were told to expect that their Aug. 5 meeting.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/29/13, 6:32 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> People who walked into the banquet room at Pancho Villa’s Mexican Grill on Sunday got free food, some chatter and a chance to speak with those vying to represent the city — in that order.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown sails into history books

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci
Updated 5:29 am, Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jerry Brown – who once warned that the riptides of California politics should be navigated by paddling “a little bit on the left, then you paddle a little bit on the right” – is sailing into the history books this week and becoming California’s longest serving governor.

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pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 30, 2013

Chances of the Stockton bankruptcy producing a landmark ruling to cut pensions dimmed last week, when the city announced a deal with one bond insurer and a tentative deal with another one.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Naming of councilman may have violated law, expert says

Moreno Valley seal

September 27, 2013; 04:09 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council’s appointment last week to fill a vacancy left by Marcelo Co’s resignation may have violated the state’s open-meeting law, exposing the appointment to being thrown out in court, an expert says.

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

EVWD

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/27/13, 9:05 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The unexpected appearance of a few community members appears to have stopped the East Valley Water District from changing its general manager’s contract to promise him an extra $50,000 if he met certain conditions to the board’s satisfaction, those residents say.

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NSA

By JAMES RISEN and LAURA POITRAS
Published: September 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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Roll Call

By Matt Fuller and Emma Dumain
Posted at 12:19 a.m. Sept. 29

House Republicans voted early Sunday morning to prolong the showdown over a government shutdown, sending the Senate more provisions intended to undermine Obamacare as part of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating past Monday.

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VVDailyPress: Mitzelfelt takes job with DOE, ends assembly run

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Mitzelfelt

September 27, 2013 5:53 PM
JEFF COOPER, FOR THE DAILY PRESS

VICTORVILLE • After two decades in politics, former county Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said Friday that he is ending his exploratory state assembly campaign and moving to Kentucky to work as a public affairs contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
September 27, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON – The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday.

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WashPost: Obamacare fight reenergizes tea party movement

By Matea Gold
September 27, 2013

The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama’s health-care law has lit up tea party groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party.

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NSFW: This Guy Would Make a Great Politician in the Inland Empire

By William Cutting
Friday, September 27, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: Some content in this post is not suitable for some work environments

Let me tell you a story about a guy who would be right at home here in the Inland Empire — I mean…this guy puts San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and his Measure Z sales tax fleecing of taxpayers to shame.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/13, 6:36 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Chris Hughes, the city manager for the past three years who has been at the helm of the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport – announced Thursday he will retire in December.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/26/13, 6:17 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> All 11 people running for mayor, including one who was dropped from the ballot but is running as a write-in candidate, participated Wednesday night in a forum to further introduce themselves in what all said was a vital election.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital CEO to retire

Riverside-County-Seal

September 26, 2013; 06:22 PM

The head of Riverside County’s financially troubled public hospital plans to retire before the end of the fiscal year, a county spokesman said Thursday, Sept. 26.

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

The Sun (Reuters): U.S. economy sends mixed signals

economy

The U.S. economy is displaying mixed signals. Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell for the third straight month, but fewer Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week.

Jason Lange, Reuters
Posted: 09/26/13, 8:03 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell for the third straight month in August but fewer Americans filed new claims for jobless benefits last week, giving conflicting signals on the health of the economy.

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

In this Friday, April 27, 2012, file photo, people utilize the beach outside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Onofre, Calif. Southern California utility officials are warning that blackouts in the region are possible this summer as a result of the sidelined San Onofre nuclear power plant. The damaged plant is likely to remain sidelined until at least the end of August while investigators probe excessive wear in tubing that carries radioactive water, the plant’s operator said Thursday, June 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 09/26/13, 6:19 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

The closure of Southern California Edison’s San Onofre nuclear power plant has saddled the utility with a dilemma — how will it backfill the lost power and who will pay the costs associated with the plant’s problems and its decommissioning?

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California Seal

The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

California’s woefully underfunded teachers’ retirement system, the state’s swelling long-term health care costs for government retirees and its deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure aren’t the only items on the list of “high-risk” issues noted in a new report issued Thursday morning.

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marijuana-leaf

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 26, 2013

As a new poll finds that a majority of California voters back legalizing marijuana, proponents of a ballot proposal to decriminalize cannabis have the green light to collect signatures to put it on the 2014 ballot.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 26, 2013

One of the reasons Republicans elected Jim Brulte to be chairman of the California Republican Party earlier this year was their faith, among other things, in his ability to raise money.

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Barack Obama

By Mark Felsenthal
WASHINGTON | Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:05am EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama visits a local college on Thursday to promote his signature healthcare program as it nears a critical enrollment phase, even as the law faces stiff political opposition and a wary public.

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By Becca Clemons
September 26, 2013, 12:55 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration told union leaders Thursday morning that federal employees will know by the end of the week whether they can report to work Tuesday if the government shuts down.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Candidate seeking write-in votes

Concepion Powell

Concepcion Powell will run as a write-in candidate for San Bernardino mayor./CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

September 25, 2013; 05:21 PM

Days after being dropped from the ballot, a San Bernardino mayoral hopeful is running as a write-in candidate.

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

ontario airport

A judge ruled in favor of the city of Ontario, allowing it to continue its battle for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/25/13, 2:58 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has rejected a motion by Los Angeles to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Ontario to wrest control of the airport in its own backyard from L.A.

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U.S.-District-Court

Posted By: Bob Egelko | Sep 25 at 6:44 pm

When a federal court gave California another four weeks to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown was furious — not because of the extension, but because the court prohibited the state from transferring inmates to out-of-state private prisons in the meantime.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the latest ruling blocking a state plan to send inmates to out-of-state prisons.

By Anthony York
September 25, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration says a federal three-judge panel has overstepped its authority in blocking a state plan to send thousands of inmates to out-of-state prisons, and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

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Money

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013 – 7:38 am

OAKLAND — In signing a bill to raise California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday not only moved to increase the state’s hourly minimum for the first time since 2008, but also handed influential business interests a rare defeat.

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U.S. House of Representatives

Conservatives appear poised to support Boehner’s strategy of using the debt ceiling, not the CR, to fight Obamacare.

By Tim Alberta
September 25, 2013 | 10:45 p.m.

Conservative Republicans in the House appear ready to back off their demands that the short-term funding resolution Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown also defund or delay Obamacare.

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GOP

Republicans seek a strategy to fund the government but not the healthcare law before a possible shutdown. Sen. Ted Cruz’s long speech leaves them less time.

By Lisa Mascaro
September 25, 2013, 6:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The collapse of a GOP strategy to halt President Obama’s healthcare law has Republican leaders scrambling to find other ways to dismantle it as part of legislation needed to fund the government in a few days or trigger a shutdown.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Former redevelopment properties transferred

San Bernardino Seal

September 24, 2013; 05:51 PM

Six months after the state controller’s office accused San Bernardino of failing to properly transfer $108.4 million in former redevelopment agency assets, the city has complied with the order and returned them to its successor agency.

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

SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
and Lori Fowler, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/13, 6:39 PM PDT |

Two San Manuel tribal members who conspired with members of the Mexican Mafia to have a man killed have failed to comply with a court order to produce their financial records in a civil trial, an attorney said Tuesday.

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Victorville

September 24, 2013 10:57 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • A case in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused the city of Victorville with investment fraud has been pushed back by a federal judge.

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Moreno Valley seal

September 24, 2013

The Moreno Valley City Council appointed teacher Yxstian Gutierrez to replace Marcelo Co on the council during a Tuesday, Sept. 24, meeting that the police chief threatened to cancel after it turned raucous.

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

U.S.-District-Court

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 – 12:05 am

In the first glimmer of hope for Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to delay further reductions in California’s prison population, a panel of three federal judges agreed to a brief postponement Tuesday and ordered California officials and inmate attorneys to begin talking about solving the issue.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown mum as court rejects prison plan

By Anthony York
September 24, 2013, 5:52 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown remained mum about the latest twist in the California prison saga, as a federal court ruled on Tuesday that the state cannot solve its overcrowding problem by sending thousands of state inmates outside of California.

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InlandPolitics: AD 52: Rodriguez wins Assembly runoff

Campaigns

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 – 10:15 p.m.

Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) has won the Special Election to fill the vacant 52nd Assembly District seat, previously vacated by now-State Senator Norma Torres.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/13, 10:25 PM PDT | Updated: 24 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A special meeting Monday to gather residents’ input before the city presents a bankruptcy plan to the court drew suggestions ranging from reforming the charter to asking people to donate points from their credit cards to the city.

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By Chris Megerian
September 23, 2013, 4:35 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Advocates trying to place initiatives on California’s ballot may face new requirements under a bill approved by the Legislature this month.

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Pete Aguilar

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar wins area Democratic club endorsement in his challenge to Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga). (Pete Aguilar campaign / April 19, 2012)

By Jean Merl
September 23, 2013, 6:34 p.m.

Hoping to help narrow the field of challengers to a Republican incumbent next year, a Democratic organization in the Inland Empire endorsed Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar for Congress.

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Ann Ravel

Ravel

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 23, 2013

Ann Ravel, chair of the state’s ethics watchdog, today received unanimous confirmation to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

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LATimes: California signs private-prison deal

By Paige St. John
September 23, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — California has signed a contract with private prison contractor Geo Group to lease space for 1,400 inmates in overcrowded state lockups.

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Hmmm

State officials apologize for delays in processing unemployment benefits but many jobless Californians are falling behind on bills because of the malfunction in a computer system upgrade.

By Ricardo Lopez and Shan Li
September 23, 2013, 9:14 p.m.

About 80,000 jobless Californians have been cut off from unemployment benefits because of a computer glitch that could take weeks to resolve.

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Fitch-Rating

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 23 | Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:27pm EDT

(Reuters) – Bigger payments to California’s pension fund for teachers and other rising costs will challenge school district finances despite an increase in education spending by the state, a report released by Fitch Ratings said on Monday.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 – 6:25 am

The ride Isabel Medina was waiting for never arrived.

She and her husband, Felipe, both live in the United States illegally – they came from Mexico in 1996 – and one night eight years ago Isabel was in the hospital, waiting for Felipe to pick her up. He didn’t show. She eventually made her way home to find that Felipe had been pulled over for a traffic violation. The car was impounded, the couple had to pay $1,500, and they never got the car back.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ezra Klein
Published: September 23 at 4:17 pm

In theory, the deadline for avoiding a government shutdown is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30. That gives Congress seven days to figure something out. But those seven days are, at this point, pretty much spoken for.

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Calpensions: Judge rules retiree health protected like pension

judges-gavel

By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 23, 2013

A superior court judge overturned a freeze on retiree health care for Los Angeles city attorneys this month, citing some of the same case law that made public pensions a vested right that can only be cut if offset by a new benefit.

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CAPITOL BUSINESS BEAT
By Marc Lifsher
September 22, 2013, 8:08 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The California Chamber of Commerce may have the Capitol’s deadliest aim when it comes to shooting down bills that its members don’t like.

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U.S. Senate

By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:12am EDT

(Reuters) – The U.S. Congress begins a wild and potentially chaotic week on Monday that may or may not end with a government shutdown on October 1 but will surely do nothing to improve its low standing with American voters.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel-Mexican Mafia murder-for-hire trial to restart Monday

Scales of Justice

Sunday, Augist 22, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of the civil lawsuit filed by a former bar lounge manager targeted in a murder-for-hire scheme, orhestrated by members of the San Manuel Manuel of Mission Indians, is set to start Monday morning.

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Riverside-County-Seal

September 20, 2013

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is having a special workshop Monday, Sept. 23 to go over some weighty topics.

Starting at 9 a.m. at the County Administrative Center, the board will hear about a five-year plan to pay for all the tasks supervisors want to accomplish, including adding jail beds. There’s another, separate study of the county’s jail space needs. I haven’t had time to review either but expect more in the coming days.

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

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy studied in new report

San Bernardino Seal

September 20, 2013

San Bernardino is one of six cities that were studied by the Centers on the Public Service at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in reports released Friday, Sept. 20, looking at the financial challenges facing American cities.

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

DailyBulletin: Two vie for 52nd Assembly District seat

Campaigns

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/21/13, 6:08 PM PDT |

Independent Paul Leon and Democrat Freddie Rodriguez have their eyes on representing the 52nd Assembly District but only one can win the job.

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am

When the California Fair Political Practices Commission levied hefty fines last week against three well-connected partners in a prominent Sacramento public affairs firm, it capped a string of high-profile cases that underscore the commission’s combative new approach under ethics chief Ann Ravel.

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money

The Supreme Court, in a new campaign funding case, may lift a lid on the total the wealthy can give to all candidates and parties.

By David G. Savage
September 21, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayoral candidate Concepcion Powell off ballot

San Bernardino Seal

Powell Courtesy Photo
By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/13, 11:23 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayoral candidate Concepcion Powell is being taken off the ballot because she didn’t pay her filing fee nor the amount she owed for her candidate’s ballot statement, according to City Clerk Gigi Hanna.

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Legal

The law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, in Upland, is dissolving after roughly 20 years of representing area police officers and sheriff’s deputies in litigation matters.

By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/20/13, 8:43 PM PDT |

An Upland law firm that grew in the past 16 years to be one of the biggest in Southern California representing police unions is dissolving amid allegations of fraudulent billing practices, officials said.

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city-of-riverside-seal

September 20, 2013; 06:00 PM

Are most Riverside residents happy with life in their city, or do they see room for improvement?

If you asked the two candidates vying for the Ward 3 City Council seat, you’d likely get distinctly contradictory answers to that question.

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

Moreno Valley seal

September 20, 2013; 07:06 PM

The Moreno Valley City Council could appoint someone or set an election to replace Marcelo Co on the council as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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

Campaigns

September 20, 2013; 06:21 PM

You know it will be a rough race when the election isn’t until next year and one of the candidates takes a likely rival – and legislative colleague – to court.

To read column in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received more than two dozen bills authored by Inland lawmakers.

September 20, 2013; 05:36 PM

SACRAMENTO – From commercial driver’s licenses to scrap metal, more than two dozen bills by Inland lawmakers await consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown after passing the Legislature in the final days of the 2013 session.

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

Legal

By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am

CHICO — For Sergio Covarrubias Garcia and his supporters, a critical word is missing from the door of the “Offices of Sergio C. Garcia” – “Law.”

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SacBee: Bills now on Jerry Brown’s desk

By Melody Gutierrez
mgutierrez@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 – 11:23 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to act on approximately 560 bills currently on his desk or on their way, a small figure considering the Legislature introduced 2,500 measures this year.

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InlandPolitics: Law firm makes clsoure announcement

Notice

Friday, September 20, 2013 – 05:45 p.m.

The law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir has formerly notified their clients by email of their decision to cease operations effective immediately.

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InlandPolitics: Troubling backstory in labor law firm dispute

question-mark

Friday, September 20, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

There’s been much written regarding the “purported” billing dispute between a statewide peace officer organization’s legal defense fund and an Upland-based law firm.

A dispute that has led to the firms pending dissolution.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. Police union endorses challenger

San Bernardino Seal

Friday, September 20, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

A San Bernardino employee union has stepped-in to support a challenger in the November municipal elections.

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fined

September 19, 2013; 10:41 PM

The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Skechers $2,400 for late disclosures involving thousands of dollars in contributions the shoe company made to Moreno Valley City Council members embroiled in a political corruption investigation.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City hires former Moreno Valley counsel

city-of-riverside-seal

September 19, 2013; 12:39 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Attorney Robert Hansen will be a deputy city attorney for Riverside starting Oct. 1, Riverside officials announced Thursday, Sept. 19.

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

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The state Fair Political Practices Commission has imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients.

By Patrick McGreevy
September 19, 2013, 1:39 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Launching a crackdown on stealth lobbying at the Capitol, the state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients for not properly reporting their activity.

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SacBee: FPPC approves new rules for political bloggers

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

Bloggers and others who are paid to post political messages online are subject to new disclosure rules under regulations the Fair Political Practices Commission approved Thursday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 – 10:30 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013 – 11:11 pm

California is recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, but as a new report from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management points out, that recovery is slow and very uneven.

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By Lisa Mascaro
September 19, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised a “big victory” when the chamber votes to defund President Obama’s healthcare law as part of a must-pass bill to keep the government running. But it may be short-lived: The White House has promised a veto.

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InlandPolitics: Upland law firm to dissolve

Legal

Thursday, September 19, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

The Upland-based law firm that recently scored a major victory, by way of an $885,000 settlement for a former sheriff’s deputy, against San Bernardino County and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, is dissolving.

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Handcuffs

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The Sun
Posted: 09/18/13, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

Homicides rose in Pomona and San Bernardino in 2012, while vehicle thefts jumped in Redlands and Ontario, according to FBI crime statistics released this week.

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By Staff Report
Posted: 09/18/13, 5:23 PM PDT |

A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against Chino Valley Medical Center on two of the six causes of action alleged in a lawsuit filed by a group of doctors over patient care.

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Inland Empire

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/18/13, 7:39 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

A worsening poverty picture put the Inland Empire first among the nation’s 25 largest metropolitan areas, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 – 7:14 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 – 11:06 pm

On the final night of the 2013 legislative session last week, lawmakers passed a landmark bill to allow illegal immigrants – perhaps as many as 1.4 million – to obtain California driver’s licenses.

One provision of the bill almost blocked action.

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Gov. Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 18, 2013

Tobacco giant Philip Morris USA has pumped another $27,000 into Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election campaign, according to a campaign finance statement Brown filed with the state Wednesday.

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The Hill: House Dems escalate shutdown fight

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/18/13 05:31 PM ET

House Democratic opposition to a short-term spending bill that continues sequestration is gaining steam, increasing the chances of a government shutdown.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: City current on payments to infrastructure bank

San Bernardino Seal

September 17, 2013; 05:31 PM

SACRAMENTO — The city of San Bernardino, even as it pursues bankruptcy protection, continues to make principal and interest payments on more than $5.3 million owed on leases with the state’s infrastructure bank, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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

SBCO Seal

September 17, 2013; 05:52 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors agreed Tuesday, Sept. 17, on a general set of principles as they pursue a charter revision but differed on how quickly to proceed.

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

U.S.-District-Court

A judge says it’s not time for courts to intervene in the fray between Richmond and loan holders over eminent domain

September 17, 2013; 11:27 AM

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that Wells Fargo and several of the nation’s largest mortgage investors filed to try to stop the city of Richmond from using its power of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages for a principal reduction program.

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

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

September 16, 2013

Norco resident Rebecca Hageman boarded a commercial flight from Oakland to LAX recently. The plane taxied toward the runway then stopped.

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

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Measures to increase power of a state watchdog and raise fines for violations stall. Only one, requiring more training for campaign treasurers, goes to the governor.

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
September 17, 2013, 5:00 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — After an anonymous $11-million donation from Arizona sent shock waves through California politics last year, the state Capitol seemed primed for new measures to tighten campaign finance rules.

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