Archive for September 18th, 2013

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

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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.


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.


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.

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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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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/17/13, 6:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Saying the troubled Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should be placed under greater scrutiny, the county Board of Supervisors stepped up its search for an inspector general Tuesday but stopped short of creating a proposed citizens oversight commission.

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LATimes: FISA court defends NSA surveillance decisions


The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court says National Security Agency practices aren’t unconstitutional because numbers dialed aren’t private.

By David G. Savage
September 17, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans.

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A Congressional Budget Office report says the federal deficit has shrunk, but the federal debt is still a problem. The GOP wants to target that and the healthcare law.

By Lisa Mascaro
September 17, 2013, 9:53 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The federal deficit has shrunk to its lowest level since 2008, according to a report released Tuesday, but House Republicans will begin the next budget battle this week with a vote that threatens to shut down the federal government unless President Obama agrees to halt his healthcare law.

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