Archive for September 9th, 2013

SacBee: FPPC fines Kinney, Areias and Hickox for covert lobbying

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 9, 2013

Three well-connected partners in the prominent California Strategies public affairs firm have agreed to pay fines to California’s political watchdog agency for trying to influence state government decisions without registering as lobbyists.

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Campaigns

September 08, 2013; 04:00 PM

California Republicans have had a rough go of it in recent elections, but there’s one place where the GOP brand remains dominant: the softball field.

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

Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos says “Whatever happens in the Colonies Case, the truth will prevail.”

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 09/08/13, 6:49 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos announced last week his intent to run for re-election in 2014. His announcement came after a tenure of prosecuting a range of cases in San Bernardino County, from gang violence to alleged corruption. He’s also created the office’s Human Trafficking Unit.

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Trying times in San Bernardino

A view of San Bernardino City Hall. With three city officials facing a recall vote, some observers say the frustration in the embattled city could bring sweeping change. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times / July 11, 2012)

By Rick Rojas
September 8, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

For Scott Beard, San Bernardino’s decision to file for bankruptcy was just the last in a long list of grievances against the city where he has lived for 15 years.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 – 6:37 am

Our perpetual fascination with sports reflects, consciously or otherwise, the simple fact that for most of us, life itself is a competitive game.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 9, 2013

After a lot more time and money than expected, and a rocky launch greeted with months of customer complaints, CalPERS has succeeded where two other state agencies recently failed. Its big new computer system is up and running.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 – 6:31 am

The average retirement payout for new retirees in California’s biggest public pension system doubled between 1999 and 2012, according to CalPERS data, and initial monthly payments for one group nearly tripled in that period.

State and local cops and firefighters benefited the most.

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