Archive for September 24th, 2013

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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