Archive for November 1st, 2013

InlandPolitics: New Yorker cover says it all!

The New Yorker - Obamacare

From left to right. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama.

Friday, November 1, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

The news is out.

Guess the number of people enrolling in Obamacare on the first day?

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/31/13, 7:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As one of the largest elections in the city’s history enters its final hours, campaign finance statements show that a significant portion of the spending — perhaps the largest amount a single person has ever invested — comes from one man.

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Lackie Dammeier

The law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, in Upland. (Rick Sforza/Staff Photographer)

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/31/13, 6:54 PM PDT |

UPLAND>> An Upland-based law firm in the midst of dissolving after allegations of fraud has hired a Los Angeles-based firm to represent them in a civil case, according to one of the firm’s attorneys.

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

October 31, 2013; 06:02 PM

Riverside County officials are willing to spend more than $20 million on a consultant they’re confident will heal the county’s financially stressed hospital.

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

U.S. Capitol


By Cathleen Decker
October 31, 2013, 2:04 p.m.

A little tour of political news:

In Los Angeles, a former aide to City Councilman Jose Huizar filed a lawsuit alleging that he had harassed and punished her when she refused to provide sexual favors. (Not true, the married councilman said; it was a consensual affair.) Another former council aide has filed a lawsuit alleging that a second councilmember, Mitch Englander, not only allowed a harassing environment to exist in his office but also took part with inappropriate remarks. (He denied it.)

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Pension Reform

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/01/2013 06:18:24 AM PDT
Updated: 11/01/2013 06:19:08 AM PDT

MARTINEZ — In a potentially landmark legal challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2012 pension reform legislation that has financial implications for thousands of public employees and taxpayers, state attorneys Thursday said county retirement systems had illegally included vacation and other types of terminal pay in their members’ pension calculations for nearly 15 years.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 31, 2013

Among the many unanswered questions in the developing Ron Calderon corruption investigation: Just how did the media get hold of a FBI affidavit that lays out the details of the case?

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Sad Emoticon

Morgan Stanley predicts the worst holiday season since 2008

By Tiffany Hsu
October 31, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Researchers at Morgan Stanley have a pretty simple forecast for the coming holiday season: Expect coal.

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Cell phones

Within weeks, travelers will be able to operate iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, but calls will still be banned.

By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
October 31, 2013, 6:29 p.m.

Score one for the weary air traveler.

Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets.

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LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell
October 31, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

A local resident and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Los Angeles County for refusing to disclose how much it has spent defending lawsuits against the county sheriff’s department.

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City of Bell

By Jeff Gottlieb
October 31, 2013, 1:46 p.m.

Bell’s former city clerk told jurors that she slipped the lucrative contracts for city administrators Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia into stacks of unrelated documents that mayors would typically sign, even though the City Council never approved them.

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By Sarah Kliff
Published: November 1 at 9:00 am

The first month of the new health law’s rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance.

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