Archive for September 16th, 2013

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Dutton announces Assessor-Record bid



Monday, September 16, 2013 – 04:30 p.m.

As expected, Former State Senator Bob Dutton formally has announced his candidacy for San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder.

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September 15, 2013

Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Benoit will be among the speakers at the 2013 State of Riverside County event slated for Sept. 25 in Palm Springs.

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


By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/15/13, 6:30 PM PDT |

As the city of Richmond attempts to move forward with a controversial proposal to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages, San Bernardino County — which seriously considered the proposal last year and triggered national interest — continues moving in another direction.

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A small but surging share of Americans consider themselves ‘lower class,’ a surprise to some researchers and activists despite the bruising economy.

By Emily Alpert
September 15, 2013, 6:38 p.m.

Chris Roquemore once thought of himself as working class. But it’s hard to keep thinking that, he said, when you’re not working.

The 28-year-old father said he sparred with his supervisors at a retail chain about taking time off after his mother died — and ended up unemployed. Since then, Roquemore has worked odd jobs and started studying nursing at Long Beach City College, trying to get “a career, not a job.” All those changes, in turn, changed the way he thought of himself.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am

As federal bankruptcy judges deal with the insolvencies of two medium-size California cities, Stockton and San Bernardino, and the huge fiscal collapse of Detroit, they are confronting an issue with almost incalculable impacts – whether public employee pensions are ordinary debts or enjoy special protections.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS debt soars under new accounting rules


By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 16, 2013

New government accounting rules will more than double the pension debt reported by CalSTRS, boosting an “unfunded liability” that is now about $71 billion to a newly calculated “Net Pension Liability” of $166.9 billion.

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Labor gained a 25% increase in the minimum wage while oil companies defeated a ban on fracking and sports teams won limits on workers’ comp.

By Marc Lifsher
September 15, 2013, 8:38 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Two of the Capitol’s major political players, business and organized labor, chalked up big victories during marathon sessions at the end of the 2013 legislative year.

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By Billy House
September 15, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.

The deadlines have been clear for months. Yet Republicans and Democrats once again are locked in seemingly immutable positions over government spending and the debt ceiling, with a partial government shutdown potentially just weeks away.

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