Archive for October 29th, 2013

InlandPolitics: Ontario airport efforts remain a non-starter

Bugs Bunny

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 01:30 p.m.

One has to give Ontario and San Bernardino County officials an “A” for effort. But give them an “F” for their naiveté.

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InlandPolitics: Upland facing serious financial woes

Upland seal

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

It’s no secret the city of Upland, California is facing serious financial challenges.

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Riverside County Indio Jail

An artist’s rendition of the East County Detention Center, which will expand the Indio jail by more than 1,200 beds. (File Image)

October 25, 2013; 04:43 PM

Riverside County’s master plan to add thousands of jail beds to stop the early release of inmates faces a setback unless state officials move faster on a project to expand the Indio jail, county officials warn.

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

Paul Angulo

Riverside County Auditor-Controller Paul Angulo

October 28, 2013

Riverside County Auditor/Controller Paul Angulo hasn’t been content to let his spreadsheets do the talking.

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

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

October 28, 2013

Barbara Marmor was on her way from Ontario International Airport to Portland, Ore. on Oct. 10 to spend a weekend with her husband, who was already traveling.

As the Riverside resident awaited her 2:10 p.m. flight on Alaska Airlines, it was announced that the flight was canceled due to mechanical problems in Portland.

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

Long Beach Airport

A JetBlue plane touches down for a landing past the control tower at the Long Beach Airport. Thomas R. Cordova — staff photographer

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 10/28/13, 11:31 PM PDT |

A few weeks ago, for the first time, Nina Vir flew from Long Beach Airport. She hadn’t meant to try Long Beach — she only used the airport because she got a good deal — but Vir enjoyed the experience.

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Amazon

The Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino opened up a year ago with only half of the facility operating for business. Now with the distribution center complete, officials will host a grand opening today, with Gov. Jerry Brown in attendance.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/28/13, 7:11 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> In October 2012, a city reeling from its recent bankruptcy filing saw a glimmer of hope in Amazon’s announcement that it had opened a distribution center and had hired 700 people.

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Investor Owned Home

Homes with dead or dying landscaping like this one in Saugus could be owned by investment companies that are not concerned with maintaining their properties. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 10/28/13, 8:11 PM PDT |

The nation’s housing meltdown became a nightmare for the millions of Americans who lost their homes to foreclosure.

But that same downturn has been a bonanza for institutional investors. Backed by venture capitalists, they swooped in and scooped up scores of bank-owned properties at bargain-basement prices.

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EBT Card

Over 47 million people nationwide receive food stamp assistance.

By Brad Plumer
Published: October 28 at 12:47 pm

The U.S. food-stamp program is set to shrink in the months ahead. The only real question is by how much.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently costs about $80 billion per year and provides food aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households — some 47 million people. Those numbers swelled dramatically during the recession.

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Politico: White House rejects NBC Obamacare report

Denied

Many will lose their insurance plans. How directly that’s related to ACA can be debated.

By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 10/28/13 10:17 PM EDT

The Obama administration is strongly pushing back Monday night on an NBC News report that the White House has known for years that millions of consumers would lose their insurance under Obamacare.

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Obamacare

Health Care

By Michael Scherer @michaelschererOct. 28, 20134 Comments

A security flaw in the original design of HealthCare.gov that could have disclosed e-mail and other account information to hackers was eliminated Monday during an overnight fix, a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman has told TIME.

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The Hill: White House backs global spying

The Hill

By Julian Pecquet and Justin Sink – 10/28/13 08:35 PM ET

The White House on Monday defended the National Security Agency amid criticism from world leaders over its surveillance efforts.

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NationalJournal: Why 2014 Is Do-or-Die For the GOP

Mitch McConnell

McConnell: Reelection no sure thing.(Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Off to the Races

Republicans can’t afford to have any weak candidates next year if they want to regain control of the upper chamber.
By Charlie Cook
October 28, 2013

This is not going to be one of those columns that we read almost every other year proclaiming the next election to be the most important one since the Greeks developed the idea of democracy 2,500 or so years ago. It does, however, make the case that this election is a pretty important one in terms of determining the Senate’s partisan balance of power for the better part of the next decade.

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