Archive for December 4th, 2013

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Bankruptcy ruling could affect union pension agreements

Patrick Morris

San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris / File Photo

December 03, 2013; 06:46 PM

A decision in Detroit’s bankruptcy case allowing pension benefits to be cut could have a major impact on San Bernardino’s attempts to get out of insolvency.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/03/13, 8:11 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An effort to increase transparency by requiring candidates to list campaign contributions online — which hit a stumbling block when it was proposed just before the recent election — was approved unanimously Monday night.

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Riverside County supervisors want to see how the county’s policy of letting employees cash out unusued leave compares with other government agencies and the private sector.

December 03, 2013; 10:45 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, Dec. 3, directed staff to study how other government agencies and the private sector let employees cash out unused leave as part of a comprehensive review of the county’s accrued leave policy.

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


December 03, 2013; 05:10 PM

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 3, endorsed new rules to protect communities and natural resources from potential conflicts with commercial solar developments.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council OKs contract with SEIU workers


The Riverside City Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 3, on a new contract with workers represented by the Service Employees International Union

December 03, 2013; 09:12 PM

Riverside officials got one new contract with city workers squared away Tuesday, Dec. 3, but negotiations are far from over — and may get tougher.

The City Council approved a contract with about 800 employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, the first group to the bargaining table this year. The three-year pact will cost the city $2.1 million and gives all SEIU members raises of 1 percent.

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


By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/03/13, 9:03 PM PST |

Southern California’s economy could return to pre-recession levels earlier than expected, but the region and state still face challenges, economists and other experts say.

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VVDaillyPress: Donnelly open house scheduled for Dec. 10

Tim Donnelly


December 03, 2013 10:44 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • Locals can meet state Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly during a holiday open house scheduled for Dec. 10 at the lawmaker’s district office.

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Joe Garofoli

Politics Blog
Political news, election updates, for San Francisco CA and national politics
Posted on December 3, 2013 | By (Joe Garofoli)

California Assembly Republicans are getting blowback for a website that points out some of the, ahem, shortcomings of the new health care law. Not only does it share a similar URL to California’s official, but it kinda looks official. The concern is that it could cause confusion for those looking for the actual site.

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SacBee: Steve Knight running for Congress — or maybe not


Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 3, 2013

State Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, will join a growing field of candidates competing to succeed veteran Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon should he retire at the end of next year.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – 12:00 am

A legal showdown over pension obligations in municipal bankruptcies was averted in both Vallejo and Stockton, largely because officials in both chose not to make that fight.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 – 9:13 am

It was a gold-plated promise: A career in government meant a safe and sound pension, no matter what.

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The Press-Enterprise

By Jim Romensko
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

In late November, Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications bought the Riverside Press-Enterprise from A.H. Belo. The new owner on Monday dismissed P-E editor Nels Jensen, who tells his Facebook friends that “I understand his decision” and “I am oddly at peace with this.” Mike Coronado, an Orange County Register editor and former P-E reporter, replaces Jensen.

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The Atlantic: Obama Goes on Offense on Healthcare

The Atlantic

The White House has been eager to fight back against Republicans, but felt it had to wait for the website to be working to do so.
Garance Franke-Ruta Dec 3 2013, 1:51 PM ET

President Obama has been so publicly introspective and abashed of late that it’s easy to forget his history as an exceedingly good campaigner. He’s a politician who can make a hell of a case when he wants to—which is what he’s about to start doing on behalf of the Affordable Care Act.

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Jon Elswick/AP – The plaintiffs in the case argue that Congress intended the law’s subsidies for low- and middle-income people to go only to people in states that set up their own health-insurance exchanges.

By Sandhya Somashekhar
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Opponents of the health-care law took their latest legal challenge to a federal courtroom in the District on Tuesday in a case that many critics of the law view as their last and best chance to gut it before key provisions kick in Jan. 1.

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NYTimes: A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law

Published: December 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — More than a year after the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul, a fresh wave of legal challenges to the law is playing out in courtrooms as conservative critics — joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill — make the case that Mr. Obama has overstepped his authority in applying it.

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The Guardian


Defends paper’s role in publishing Edward Snowden leaks
By Denver Nicks – @DenverNicks
Dec. 03, 20133 Comments

The Guardian has published only one percent of the leaked documents it received from former NSA contractor and famed leaker Edward Snowden, the newspaper’s editor said Tuesday.

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