Archive for December, 2013

InlandPolitics: ‘Dark’ politics already in play

Dirty Politics

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

InlandPolitcs.com is now approaching the 25,000 comment mark.

As this milestone approaches, it would appear that the business-as-usual ‘dark’ political gamesmanship in the Inland Empire has already commenced.

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WashPost: Richard Cohen: Hillary Clinton’s unlucky year

Richard Cohen

By Richard Cohen, Opinion Writer
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It is incumbent on me as a columnist to do one of those year-end things — the 10 best of this, the 10 worst of that or, as you will see, who had the worst year in politics. That distinction goes, with some reluctance on my part, to Hillary Rodham Clinton. As has sometimes happened in her life, events got away from her.

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The Daily Caller

Alex Pappas
Political Reporter
10:40 AM 12/31/2013

After a year of seeing President Obama’s approval ratings plummet, the president’s pollster is offering a strikingly candid and pessimistic New Year’s resolution.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/30/13, 8:22 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The San Bernardino County Administrative Office has launched its own website where the public can look at current and past budgets, see the county’s organizational chart and get information on county administrators.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 – 9:22 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 – 10:18 pm

The biggest political story in California this year didn’t happen in the Capitol or other political arenas.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare: 1.1 million allegedly enroll, but 6 million lose coverage

ObamaCare

Monday, December 30, 2013 – 08:15 a.m.

Woo hoo! The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced over the weekend that some 1.1 million consumers enrolled, or signed-up, for healthcare coverage through government-run exchanges.

Even though premiums must still be collected for most of that number.

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Sheriff Lee Baca

It’s time to salute Sheriff Baca, IBEW executive Brian D’Arcy and L.A. Unified, among others, for contributing to a great news year. Now for the scandals of 2014.

By Steve Lopez
December 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

In more ways than one, I’m sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.

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LA County Seal

Those hired by other L.A. county agencies included an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight, records show.

By Ben Poston and Robert Faturechi
December 29, 2013

Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, according to interviews and internal hiring records reviewed by The Times.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am

A seat in Congress is one of the nation’s most sought-after political prizes, and once elected, a member rarely gives it up voluntarily.

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Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 30, 2013

A superior court ruling announced last week overturned key parts of a voter-approved San Jose pension reform: an attempt to cut employer costs for pensions earned by current workers in the future.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California politicians, interests play ‘economic impact’ game

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 – 12:00 am

One of the games that politicians and interest groups play is called “economic impact.”

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Texas+California Flags

California, Texas and America’s red-blue divide: Three-quarters of state governments — more than at any time in recent memory — are fully controlled by either Republicans or Democrats. The values that underpin these governing strategies reflect contrasting political visions, and their differences can be seen in stark terms in when comparing Democratic-controlled California with Republican-controlled Texas.

By Dan Balz
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Political polarization has ushered in a new era in state government, where single-party control of the levers of power has produced competing Americas. One is grounded in principles of lean and limited government and on traditional values; the other is built on a belief in the essential role of government and on tenets of cultural liberalism.

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WashPost: Texas, California embody red-blue divide

Campaigns

By Dan Balz
Sunday, December 29, 2013

California and Texas are nation-states within the United States, a pair of behemoths in size, population, history and influence. In the debate over red-state vs. blue-state governance, they stand at opposite poles.

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Municipal Bonds

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 27, 2013

A multi-billion-dollar surge of bond issues by state and local governments is making California, once again, the nation’s top issuer of municipal debt, the Bloomberg financial news service calculates.

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The PE: ECONOMY: How much will extended benefit sunset cost?

Unemployment Benefits Application

December 27, 2013; 04:18 PM

The good news for David Abad is that he’s about to start a new job.

But it would have been a much more festive holiday for Abad and his family if he had learned about the job offer a week earlier. On Christmas Day he found himself at the end of the 26 weeks of unemployment benefits California provides for, and he was expecting nothing after that because the federally funded extended benefits program officially ends Saturday.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Defense attorneys want Colonies case back in San Bernardino Superior Court

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Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Smith during a hearing in 2012, in the Colonies case. (File Photo/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/28/13, 5:30 PM PST |

Defense attorneys said Friday they will push to get San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case back to trial court so they can present additional evidence they say will help prove their clients’ innocence.

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Gary Miller

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga

December 27, 2013; 05:56 PM

Democrats seeking to unseat Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, in the 31st Congressional District are feeling encouraged by a recent poll that shows him with weak approval ratings.

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

gavel

December 27, 2013; 03:09 PM

Dean Benjamini, recently named assistant public defender in charge of the Indio office, was appointed as a Riverside County Superior Court judge by Gov. Jerry Brown, the governor’s office announced Friday, Dec. 27.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: REDLANDS: City studying potential bond measures

Redlands

Redlands is considering proposing two ballot measures that would finance infrastructure improvements and maintenance, such as tree trimming.

December 27, 2013; 04:13 PM

Redlands city officials intend to gauge public support in early 2014 for two potential ballot measures that would finance flood control, sidewalks, ramps for disabled access, parks and trees.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

bag_of_money

December 27, 2013; 01:40 PM

City managers in some of the Inland region’s largest municipalities have stitched voluminous golden parachutes to protect themselves from the whims of elected leaders, who have provided little stability for their top executives in recent years.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Politics

By Greg Cappis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/28/13, 9:58 AM PST |

One politician resigned this past month, and five others are campaigning to win his empty seat.

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VVDailyPress: County’s pension plan honored

SBCERA

December 27, 2013 3:00 PM
From Staff Reports

An investment magazine recently gave a top nod to the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association for its innovative strategies in 2013, according to a county news release.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Sari Horwitz
Saturday, December 28, 2013

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the massive collection of domestic telephone data brought to light by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is lawful, rejecting a challenge to the program by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Ed Royce

Royce

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 27, 2013

It’s been more than two years since California redrew its political map, but old district-numbering habits apparently still linger for Rep. Ed Royce.

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The Sentinel: State Supreme Court Reinstates Earlier Dismissed Charges In Colonies Case

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2013

(December 26) SACRAMENTO—The California Supreme Court on December 23 reestablished the essential elements of the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, granting the gist of prosecutors’ appeal more than a year and two months after the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside dismissed the most crucial charges lodged against developer Jeff Burum, the central defendant in the case.

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Money

San Bernardino County has paid out approxiamtely $200 million in legal settlements the past five years.

Friday, December 27, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 – 02:45 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has been calling attention to millions of dollars in non-disclosed legal settlements paid out by San Bernardino County.

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Riverside-County-SealSBCO Seal

December 24, 2013; 12:02 PM

Riverside and San Bernardino counties each were denied requests this month for $80 million in state grants for jail construction, even though their applications ranked among the highest-scoring based on criteria used to evaluate grant proposals.

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

The PE: ECONOMY: Confidence in California dropped in Q4

bad-economy

Economists say consumer sentiment has weakened slightly but believe spending on big-ticket items will pick up anyway.

December 26, 2013

Consumer sentiment in California, measured during the weeks leading up to the annual retail stampedes, was slightly lower in the fourth quarter, a study by Chapman University found.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Peter Schrag: Can Jim Brulte resuscitate the GOP?

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte

By Peter Schrag
Special to The Bee
Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 5:26 am

As the 2013 season for making lists comes to an end – the 10 best, the 10 greatest, the 10 worst – add yet another 11th-hour contender: The smartest thing the Republicans did in 2013 was choosing Jim Brulte to chair the California GOP.

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The Hill: Christie, Clinton tied in new presidential poll

The Hill

December 27, 2013, 07:49 am
By Peter Sullivan

A new CNN poll finds that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are essentially tied in a potential 2016 presidential matchup.

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CNN: Poll: GOP has edge in early midterm indicator

Campaigns

December 26th, 2013 – 09:00 AM ET
Posted by CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser

Washington (CNN) – Democrats have lost their advantage and Republicans now have a slight edge in the battle for control of Congress, according to a new national poll.

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ObamaCare Payment Dates

Health care
Published December 26, 2013
FoxNews.com

So you’ve signed up for health care on the ObamaCare exchanges. Think you’re covered? Not quite.

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NYPost: New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014

obamacare-taxes

By S.A. Miller and Geoff Earle
December 25, 2013 | 5:45am

WASHINGTON — Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.

The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

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WSJ: Late Surge in Web Buying Blindsides UPS, Retailers

UPSFedEx

Business
Some Christmas Packages Aren’t Delivered
By Shelly Banjo, Suzanne Kapner, Serena Ng and Laura Stevens
Updated Dec. 25, 2013 9:34 p.m. ET

A surge in online shopping this holiday season left stores breaking promises to deliver packages by Christmas, suggesting that retailers and shipping companies still haven’t fully figured out consumers’ buying patterns in the Internet era.

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InlandPolitics: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – 08:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

judges-gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/24/13, 7:42 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge has granted a new civil trial in the case of a San Bernardino man who sued two San Manuel tribal members who conspired with members of the Mexican Mafia to kill him, according to online court records.

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Yahoo Finance (Bloomberg): U.S. Store Traffic Sinks 21% as Last-Ditch Deals Flop

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Bloomberg
By Cotten Timberlake
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

U.S. store visits plummeted 21 percent and retail sales dropped 3.1 percent in the week through Saturday, signaling a lackluster finish for stores’ most important selling season, Chicago-based researcher ShopperTrak said yesterday.

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unemployment

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
December 23, 2013 Updated 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON — A three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits is gaining momentum.

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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: The former NSA contractor’s leaks have altered the U.S. government’s relationship with its citizens and the rest of the world. Six months later, he reflects.

By Barton Gellman
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MOSCOW — The familiar voice on the hotel room phone did not waste words.

“What time does your clock say, exactly?” he asked.

He checked the reply against his watch and described a place to meet.

“I’ll see you there,” he said.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: It’s back to the Court of Appeal

California Supreme Court

December 23, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The trajectory of the highly-publicized $102 million Colonies corruption prosecution remains, at least for the moment, at a standstill.

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InlandPolitics: ObamaCare enrollment deadline today

Clock Strikes Twelve

Monday, December 23, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

It’s finally here!

Take your pick! Will it be Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum?

Today’s the December 23, 2013, deadline to enroll in ObamaCare for coverage effective January 1, 2014.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 23, 2013

A pension reform initiative proposed by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and others got a mixed cost analysis last week from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, quickly trumpeted by opponents.

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InlandPolitics: The slow news cycle is in full swing

News Cycle

Sunday, December 22, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

The holiday news cycle slow down is in full swing.

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The Sentinel: Chabot to run in 40th Assembly District

Paul Chabot

Chabot

By Mark Gutgleuck
Friday, December 20, 2013

Paul Chabot has given indication he will run for the lower house of the California Legislature if 40th Assembly District Assemblyman Mike Morrell is obliged to leave that post if he achieves success in his bid to succeed bill Emmerson, who resigned as 23rd District state senator effective December 1. That senate seat will be filled in a special election next year.

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High-Desert City Logos

Barstow tops list in average salary, while Hesperia pays highest in health and benefits

December 21, 2013 3:51 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

The average city worker’s salary was lower than the state average in four of five local cities and towns last year, according to data recently released by the California State Controller.

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water-dam

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/21/13, 3:08 PM PST |

Los Angeles is slouching toward its driest year in history. But the dubious milestone won’t turn lawns in Beverly Hills brown or cause Angelenos to take military showers.

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Barack Obama

By ROBERT PEAR
Published: December 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — For most Americans, Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1. It was supposed to be a turning point in the troubled history of the new health care law, the moment when the spotlight would shift from the federal government’s online marketplace to the insurance companies providing coverage to hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of people.

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NSA

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and DAVID E. SANGER
Published: December 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved late Friday to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrantless surveillance programs authorized during the Bush administration, telling a court that recent disclosures about National Security Agency spying were not enough to undermine its claim that litigating the case would jeopardize state secrets.

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scales-of-justice

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/20/13, 9:52 AM PST | Updated: 27 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Former Councilman Chas Kelley was sentenced Friday to five years probation and 90 days of weekend jail time served in a work-release program.

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Barack Obama

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
December 20, 2013 Updated 7 hours ago

President Barack Obama rejected the suggestion that 2013 — marked by the chaotic rollout of his signature legislative accomplishment — was the worst year of his presidency, as some polls suggest.

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California Supreme Court  justices

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/20/13, 1:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDIN0 >> The California Supreme Court is set to release its opinion on San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case at 10 a.m. on Monday, according to the court’s website.

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Target

Target says that some 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred at card terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

By Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:57 PM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Target’s data-security nightmare threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company’s busiest time of year.

The nation’s second-largest discounter acknowledged Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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SBSO Sheriff

December 19, 2013

An attorney for the family of a Yucaipa man shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy June 29 says he will file a $10 million wrongful death claim Thursday, Dec. 19, with San Bernardino County.

To read story by Darrell Santschi in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Longtime Rancho Cucamonga leader dies

black ribbon

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:50 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Lloyd W. Michael, a key former general manager of what is today the Cucamonga Valley Water District, passed away earlier this month at the age of 90.

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Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. wants the Los Angeles World Airports to work with Ontario to bring an end to the decline of the Ontario airport, which the Inland Empire city contends is due to the LAWA’s lack of support. The Associated Press

By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
Posted: 12/19/13, 6:07 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Los Angeles should work with Ontario to improve passenger traffic numbers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein charged in a letter this week sent to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The letter dated Wednesday did not address a lawsuit filed in June by the city of Ontario, which is seeking to regain control of the airport from Los Angeles, the facility’s manager since 1967. Earlier this month, the two sides agreed to put the suit on temporary hold as they work out a solution.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 – 12:00 am

The powerful political forces that have been skirmishing for years over the direction of California’s public schools appear to be headed for a multi-front political and legal war next year.

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Facebook

Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:07pm GMT

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will sell 41.4 million shares worth about $2.3 billion to pay a tax bill, as part of an offering by the social network of 70 million Class A common shares.

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Covered California

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 19, 2013

Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, is experiencing a significant surge in enrollment, officials said Thursday.

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ObamaCare

Posted by Ezra Klein
December 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Today, the Obama administration announced that people whose insurance plans were canceled this year will “temporarily” be exempted from the law’s individual mandate. Here’s how they’re doing it — and what it means for the law.

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InlandPolitics: Peace Officer Legal Defense Fund sues Upland law firm

Legal

Thursday, December 19, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

The battle between a now-dissolved Upland-based law firm and a legal defense trust that caters to peace officers has entered the courtroom.

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Campaigns

December 18, 2013

A Calimesa city councilman is the first non-Republican candidate in the race for the 23rd state Senate District.

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

The PE: JURUPA VALLEY: Somber end to the year

Jurupa Valley

The city of Jurupa Valley is facing a tough new year.

December 17, 2013

At the Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting — the council’s last meeting of the year — City Manager Stephen Harding announced that at the Thursday , Jan. 16 meeting — the council’s first meeting of 2014 — council members will be asked to authorize the filing of paperwork to start the process of disincorporation.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

December 18, 2013; 09:17 PM

The California Judicial Council has voted to boost the number of new judges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but any increase is dependent on state funding being revived.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Home-Sales-R

By Josh Boak, Associated Press
Posted: 12/19/13, 8:28 AM PST |

WASHINGTON — The number of people who bought existing U.S. homes in November declined for the third straight month. Higher mortgage rates have made home-buying more expensive, while the lingering effect of the October government shutdown might have deterred some sales.

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VVDailyPress: SEC case focus shifts to ill-gotten gains

Victorville

City, SCLAA attorney says it’s a ‘waste of time’
December 18, 2013 9:50 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES • An attorney for the city of Victorville and Southern California Logistics Airport Authority called it a “waste of time” Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to argue ill-gotten gains right now in the case revolving around an allegedly fraudulent 2008 municipal bond offering.

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Lee Baca

In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a press conference at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Citizens’ Comission on Jail Violence. (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/18/13, 5:50 PM PST |

It was not only the Sheriff’s Department that absorbed troublesome officers from Los Angeles County’s now defunct police force despite knowing about their previous misconduct – several other county agencies did the same, including those charged with public safety.

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CapitolWeekly: Political change roils Inland Empire

Inland Empire

By Samantha Gallegos
Posted 12.18.2013

California Republicans face tossups in areas of the state that for years were considered strongholds and easy wins for GOP contenders. The reason: demographics.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleads not guilty in stalking case

Robert Jenkins

Rachel Luna – Staff Photographer Councilman Robert Jenkins participates in a city council meeting in San Bernardino on Monday.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/17/13, 10:08 AM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to criminal charges in an Internet stalking case.

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Home Construction

By Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press
Posted: 12/18/13, 6:33 AM PST |

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, strong evidence that the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/17/13, 8:22 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After six years, San Bernardino County is finally on its way to overhauling its antiquated public safety radio system, and will be getting a state-of-the-art digital system at a cost of more than $158 million.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 – 12:00 am

California’s housing market is rebounding sharply from the worst recession since the Great Depression, with fast-rising sales and prices.

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The PE: PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PAY: Controller updates website on compensation

Money

December 17, 2013

The state controller’s office has updated its website on public employee compensation to reflect 2012 salaries and benefits.

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

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

December 16, 2013; 05:47 PM

A Detroit judge’s ruling that public employee pensions can be modified just as other contracts can in bankruptcy sent shockwaves through San Bernardino.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City to get more revenue from utility

city-of-riverside-seal

December 16, 2013; 06:12 PM

As part of a lawsuit settlement, Riverside officials agreed in April to pay back $10 million to the city’s water utility over three years, but they didn’t know until now where they would get the money.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/16/13, 9:57 PM PST |

Montclair and Upland city councils Monday night each approved the final agreements merging the the city’s fire administration and the eventual drop of boundary lines.

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Covered California

Paul Glickman | December 16th, 2013, 3:56pm

Covered California said Monday that two of the numbers it had released regarding October health insurance enrollment were wrong. The agency said it had mistakenly transposed the numbers in two categories: the people who bought plans with federal subsidies, and those who bought unsubsidized policies.

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Barack Obama

Carolyn Kaster/AP – President Obama is ending his fifth year in office with his lowest approval ratings.

By Dan Balz and Scott Clement
December 17, 2013

President Obama is ending his fifth year in office matching the worst public approval ratings of his presidency, with record numbers of Americans saying they disapprove of his job performance and his once-hefty advantages over Republicans in Congress eroded in many areas, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County set to increase pension contributions

SBCO Seal

Monday, December 16, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

Pension costs continue to escalate in Southern California’s San Bernardino County.

The county’s adoption of a two-tier system fostered by a new January 1, 2013 law hasn’t stemmed the red, at least not yet.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am

The release last week of detailed plans for building water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta touches off a legal and political battle that could take years to resolve.

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CapitolWeekly: Top tales: 2013′s key political yarns

State Capitol

By John Howard
Posted 12.15.2013

For the followers of California politics, non-election years usually are yawns. Not so 2013: One would be hard pressed to find a year with more hot-button events fraught with statewide political ramifications, and even local stories — the trials in Bell, for example — capturing wide attention.

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Politico: Poll on Obamacare: Unease, dismay

Healthcare.gov

Part of the HealthCare.gov website is pictured. | AP Photo

Fourteen percent said coverage for spouses is being restricted or eliminated. | AP Photo
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 12/15/13 2:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON — Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Pension fund holds its own in latest report

SBCERA

Sunday, December 15, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County pension pressures aren’t getting any better.

But they aren’t worsening either!

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Paul Ryan+Patty Murray

December 15, 2013

All but one of the Inland congressional delegation voted for the two-year bipartisan budget deal Thursday, Dec. 12.

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

Upland seal

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/14/13, 9:56 AM PST |

Like a financial Paul Revere, City Manager Stephen Dunn keeps warning Upland’s City Council that the red ink is coming.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Jail

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Men’s Central Jail Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Hans Gutknecht – Staff Photographer

By Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:11 PM PST |

Several of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies named in federal indictments last week are also named defendants in civil lawsuits that could end up costing the county millions of dollars.

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