Archive for January, 2014

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

Janice Rutherford

Rutherford

Friday, January 31, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Last Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to start the process to amend the campaign finance ordinance related to contribution limits.

The county tells local newspapers the changes are recommended by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), and it’s all their idea,

It smelled kind of fishy at the time. Well now we know why.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 31, 2014

(January 28)– Multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct have so marred the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Case that it should be dismissed altogether, according to four motions filed by the attorney representing the defendant central to the case, a businessman who is accused of extorting and bribing four former public officials.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/14, 8:05 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

Another motion alleging prosecutorial misconduct and requesting dismissal of the Colonies corruption case was served on prosecutors Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court, but the motion remains under seal.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Assessor not seeking re-election

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January 30, 2014

Riverside County Assessor/County Clerk/Recorder Larry Ward announced Thursday, Jan. 30 that he would not seek a third term.

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

Drought

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/30/14, 4:56 PM PST | Updated: 53 mins ago

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to be more conservative with their water use during the dry period in the state. Associated Press file photo

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 30, 2014

Democrats in the California Senate used their two-thirds supermajority Thursday to pass a measure that would ask voters if they want to repeal the state’s ban on race- and gender-based preferences in government hiring and contracting and university admissions.

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SacBee: Public pension measure likely off the 2014 ballot

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 2:18 pm

Efforts to put a public pension measure on the November ballot dimmed Thursday when proponents said they would sue to challenge the language assigned their measure by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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LATimes: California snowpack hits record low

Frank Gehrke

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey Program for the Department of Water Resources, leaves a snow-covered meadow after the second snow survey of the year near Echo Summit, Calif. Gehrke said that while recent snow fall will help bolster the depleted snowpack, it is not enough to affect the water supply. (Associated Press / January 30, 2014)

By Bettina Boxall
January 30, 2014, 5:55 p.m.

Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday’s mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.

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economy

Consumer spending helps boost overall economic growth, renewing hopes that the recovery will hit its stride this year.

By Don Lee and Andrew Tangel
January 30, 2014, 5:48 p.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending ended last year with a flourish, lifting overall economic growth and renewing hopes that the recovery will hit its stride this year and boost employment and incomes.

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LATimes: Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

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Up to 306,000 Californians with older, individual Anthem health insurance policies — unchanged by Obamacare — are subject to the rate increases.

By Chad Terhune
January 30, 2014, 5:43 p.m.

Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%.

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Election Junk

Kari Verjil

January 30, 2014; 04:46 PM

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil, tasked with improving an agency maligned for election-night delays in vote-counting, is retiring.

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

gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/14, 6:53 PM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge today is expected to schedule a date to hear dismissal motions filed by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/29/14, 2:49 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> It took three weeks to conduct the trial for former sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gastineau.

And it took three hours for the jury to return with guilty verdicts.

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Big Bear Skiing

Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Bear Mountain, left and Snow Summit, right, Monday January 27, 2014 at Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake. (Staff photo by LaFonzo Carter/The Sun)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/29/14, 7:41 PM PST |

BIG BEAR LAKE >> Sean and Cynda Johnson hadn’t had a break from work since their honeymoon two years ago.

So the Laguna Beach couple decided to take a three-day winter getaway here.

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Ken Calvert

Calvert

January 29, 2014; 10:26 PM

Most of the Inland Empire’s congressional representatives voted against a compromise farm bill Wednesday, Jan. 29, with some objecting to food stamp cuts and others critical of what they saw as wasteful spending.

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

Paul Cook

Cook

January 29, 2014 7:04 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

WASHINGTON • U.S. Rep. Paul Cook said on Wednesday that while he agreed with some of the broad themes included in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening, Obama’s speech was short on specific solutions to problems, including the “most important issue” facing Cook’s constituents in the High Desert.

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Barack Obama

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 29, 2014

As the federal health care overhaul continues to divide Californians, President Barack Obama’s approval here plunged to a record low, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

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GOP

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

Four years ago, Kamala Harris narrowly defeated Steve Cooley to become California attorney general, clinching a Democratic sweep in all eight statewide offices.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 29, 2014

With California facing a massive teacher pension shortfall, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, unveiled an effort Wednesday he hopes would fully fund the system.

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Hillary Clinton

Sean Gardner/Getty Images – Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a strong lead over other Democrats in the 2016 race, while the Republican field is wide open, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

By Philip Rucker and Scott Clement
January 30, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Politico: Democrats: Cede the House to save the Senate

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Some have invested a lot to get Nancy Pelosi back in the speaker’s chair. | AP Photo

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 1/29/14 9:00 PM EST Updated: 1/30/14 7:17 AM EST

With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.

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DailyJournal: Defendants in public corruption case allege prosecutorial misconduct

Los Angeles Daily Journal

San Bernardino County developer, officials in corruption scandal say their rights were violated

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Katie Lucia

Defendants charged in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal are trying to convince a judge to toss the case, alleging a litany of prosecutorial misconduct.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/14, 10:07 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions to its campaign finance reform ordinance, two years after it was established to combat corruption.

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San Bernardino Seal

January 28, 2014; 03:55 PM

The city of San Bernardino is contracting with San Bernardino County to provide emergency management services.

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

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January 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A judge is expected to issue a decision Friday on a Moreno Valley lawsuit that could short-circuit plans for a medical complex on former March Air Force Base property.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/28/14, 7:00 PM PST |

UPLAND >> It may be months before key decisions are made on many of the financial issues plaguing the city.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 28, 2014

A Los Angeles jury today convicted Sen. Rod Wright on all eight felony counts he was charged with in the case that questioned whether he lived in the district he represented, potentially sending the Democratic state legislator to eight years in prison.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
January 28, 2014, 6:07 p.m.

The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.

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Orange County Seal

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:41 pm | Updated: 8:35 am, Wed Jan 29, 2014.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

What a difference a county line makes.

In San Diego, a majority Republican Board of Supervisors is handing out big salary raises to sheriff’s deputies. Meanwhile, Orange County’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors is not only holding the line on salaries but demanding that deputies pay significantly more toward their pensions.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 28, 2014

Proponents of a proposed ballot measure to more than double the vehicle-license fee to pay for road improvements have decided to drop efforts to put it on the November ballot.

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Apple Inc.

With Apple saying its revenue could drop this fiscal year, analysts increasingly believe the tech giant must shake up its product lineup to boost growth.

By Chris O’Brien
January 28, 2014, 6:27 p.m.

Apple iTV? The iWatch? Bigger iPhones and iPads?

Rumormongering about such mythical products is a regular spectator sport for many Apple watchers.

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DMV

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 28, 2014

With California preparing to offer driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, the documentation needed to prove residency and the fate of personal information emerged as key concerns at a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing on Tuesday.

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Barack Obama

Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

Politics
By PETER BAKER
JAN. 28, 2014

WASHINGTON — After five years of fractious political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legislative approval.

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John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, seen leaving the House chamber on Capitol Hill on Jan. 27, 2014, is warning President Obama not to overstep his Constitutional authority when it comes to raising the minimum wage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
Posted: 01/28/14, 8:07 AM PST | Updated: 12 hrs ago

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says President Barack Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. But the speaker warned against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution.

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The Hill: Senate Dems put off jobless benefits

Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) (Photo by Greg Nash)

By Alexander Bolton – 01/28/14 06:00 AM EST

Senate Democrats are dropping the issue of extending federal unemployment benefits — at least for now — despite intense lobbying over the recess by outside groups targeting Republicans.

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The Sun: Defense attorney in Colonies case alleges prosecutor misconduct

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/14, 5:21 PM PST | Updated: 4 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney in the ongoing Colonies corruption case filed a sweeping set of motions Monday, arguing that the case should be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct, insufficient evidence and the statute of limitations having run out.

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Jeff Burum

Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum, a Rancho Cucamonga developer, accuse prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial. (File Photo)

January 27, 2014; 04:01 PM

Attorneys for developer Jeff Burum are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the grand jury process to win indictments in a San Bernardino County corruption case that may soon go to trial.

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

The PE: PUBLIC FINANCE: State tax take rises in 2012-13

Money

January 27, 2014; 04:41 PM

The California State Board of Equalization has released its annual report for fiscal year 2012-2013 highlighting more than $56 billion in California taxpayer revenue, a $3.6 billion gain from the previous year.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

National Community Renaissance

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/14, 8:48 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Ciriaco “Cid” Pinedo, former associate superintendent of business services and economic development for the Chaffey Commmunity College District, was appointed Friday chief operating officer of National Community Renaissance, a nonprofit developer of low income housing.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic down 8 percent

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Passengers make their way through the terminal of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/14, 7:00 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> For the first time since 1985, traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport has fallen below 4 million passengers annually.

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Amnesty

Linnie Drolet, of Rancho Cucamonga, signs postcards opposing amnesty during a protest outside Congressman Gary Miller’s office in Rancho Cucamonga on Monday. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/14, 1:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Jackie Navoa waited more than six years to come to the United States.

She had just graduated from a school in the Philippines and planned on fulfilling her dreams of becoming a registered nurse. After waiting for her paperwork and for her funds to go through, she finally made it.

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usps

By Lisa Rein, The Washington Post
Posted: 01/27/14, 10:15 AM PST |

Postage rates on first-class letters and most other mail will rise Monday by 3 cents to help the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service recoup millions of dollars it lost during the economic downturn.

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Drought

Officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District tour the San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos, Calif., which is at record low levels.(PATRICK TEHAN — San Jose Mercury News /MCT)

By Michael Doyle and Mark Grossi
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Farmers from California’s San Joaquin Valley set aside precious water last year, like money in a bank.

But now someone else might claim the investment.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

Desperate times, it’s been said, call for desperate measures.

The oft-quoted phrase originated with ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who declared, “For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable…”

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Slot Machines

By Patrick McGreevy
January 27, 2014, 3:18 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California officials would review the growing gambling industry in the state, looking at whether regulations promote job creation and examine the possibility of imposing new taxes on the activity, under a bill approved Monday by the state Senate.

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Stephen Glass

Glass

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 27, 2014

Stephen Glass, a former journalist whose career came crashing down after he was found to be a serial fabricator, has had his quest for a law license stymied by the California Supreme Court.

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By Jason Dearen, The Associated Press
Posted: 01/27/14, 11:41 AM PST |

In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market’s cattle auction on California’s Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

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By Zachary A. Goldfarb
January 28, 2014

Democrats consider President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues and less on ­income inequality.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County to amend campaign finance rules

SBCO Seal

Monday, January 27, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long.

San Bernardino County is already tinkering with its newly-minted campaign finanace law.

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The Sun: Redlands’ 1st Centennial Bank: Five years later

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/25/14, 9:46 PM PST |

REDLANDS >> Five years ago this week, 1st Centennial Bank in Redlands became the third of more than 120 banks to fail in 2009 as part of a nationwide financial meltdown.

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California Supreme Court

By Associated Press
Posted: 01/27/14, 8:11 AM PST |

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass should be allowed to practice law in the state.

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The PE: OBAMACARE: A 2014 liability for Inland Democrats?

Mark Takano

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, has defended Obamacare during his first term in office. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

January 19, 2014; 01:23 PM

Republicans hope a steady dose of Obamacare-bashing will lead them to victory in the 2014 congressional races.

But will a full-on assault against the national health care law work in the Inland Empire, where two Democratic House incumbents are defending their seats for the first time?

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

California Debt

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 01/26/2014 04:58:18 PM PST
Updated: 01/26/2014 05:08:27 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown’s image as a responsible, penny-pinching steward of California’s finances has been cemented in recent weeks because of his renewed call to pay off California’s “wall of debt.

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DailyBulletin: New Model Colony planned community in Ontario is moving forward

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Homes in the New Model Colony development in Ontario. Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff Photographer

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/25/14, 10:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

One of the largest master planned communities in Southern California history, developers say, is beginning to take shape in what was once former pasture and farmland in Ontario.

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Tim Donnelly

Assemblyman calls move ‘election year politics at its worst’
January 25, 2014 12:40 PM
Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • A day after Gov. Jerry Brown requested a two-year extension to deal with California’s prison reform, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly responded by calling the move “election year politics at its worst.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

At the very end of his State of the State address to the Legislature last week, Gov. Jerry Brown – almost as an afterthought – tersely declared, “We have too many struggling families …”

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SacBee (AP): Indians a rising force in California politics

By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press
Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 8:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 – 2:05 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Neel Kashkari announced he was running for governor last week, he became the latest Californian of Indian descent to step onto the political stage, the most recent example of a rising trend in one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse states.

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LATimes: Bernanke leaves legacy of stimulus and stagnation

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By Don Lee
January 25, 2014, 8:44 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As Ben S. Bernanke walks away from the Federal Reserve’s marble headquarters on the Mall after presiding over his last policy meeting Wednesday, he will leave behind a bittersweet legacy.

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WashPost: Poll finds little faith in nation’s leaders

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
January 26, 2014

President Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday night with approval ratings lower than for any of his previous State of the Union addresses and with Americans broadly pessimistic that he or lawmakers of either party will make good decisions for the future of the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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The PE: DISTRICT ATTORNEY: If there’s drama, it must be an election year

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Happier Times: Justice Tom Hollenhorst swears in new DA Paul Zellerbach in January 2011. (Staff)

January 23, 2011

It’s not often that a DA calls to discuss a personnel matter, but this is an election year and after decades of humdrum Groverdom, RivCo DA elections are suddenly oh so spicy!

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Campaigns

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The race to become the next mayor of San Bernardino, Californai is heading into the home stretch.

Voters will decide one week from this Tuesday, on February 4.

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IEBusinessDaily: Colonies Criminal Case to take another turn?

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
January 25, 2014

Political Whispers

Four years. Yes, it has been nearly four years since San Bernardino County District Attorney and then Attorney General Jerry Brown announced the prosecution of the “greatest corruption scandal in the history of California.”

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Politics

January 24, 2014; 07:25 PM

The next time gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly makes a campaign video, he might want to hire a non-celebrity interpreter.

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

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Former Riverside Fire Chief Steve Earley received a six-figure payout of leave time after he retired in December.

January 24, 2014; 07:10 PM

Retired Riverside Fire Chief Steve Earley, who the city manager decided Jan. 7 not to rehire as a consultant, received a quarter-of-a-million-dollar payout for leave time he accumulated on the job.

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

Scales of Justice

January 24, 2014; 06:59 PM

Inland courts hope the next fiscal year will bring in enough money to prevent further staff reductions and service cuts.

Both Riverside and San Bernardino County superior courts have had millions sliced from the state portion of their budgets since fiscal 2008-09. Each faced deficits in 2013, which they overcame by emptying reserve funds and using their shares of a small increase from the state, the first upward bump from Sacramento in years.

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

Rialto-Seal

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/24/14, 6:18 PM PST |

RIALTO >> The City Council will be asked to approve the selection of a new law firm to represent the city at Tuesday’s meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Hagman to speak to Chino Tea Party

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Posted: 01/24/14, 5:14 PM PST |

Assemblyman Curt Hagman will be the speaker at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Chino Tea Party.

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DailyBulletin: Chabot speaker for Business Alliance Tuesday

Notice

Posted: 01/24/14, 5:08 PM PST |

Dr. Paul Chabot, author, and candidate for 40th Assembly District, will speak at the Inland Valley Business Alliance luncheon Tuesday, at 11:30 a. m. at Antonino’s Restaurant and Lounge, 7945 Vineyard Ave., Rancho Cucamonga.

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Albert Lobo, of Riverside, a former detective for the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, contracted pneumonia while working in the sheriff’s Victorville jail. Complications from the sickness robbed him of both his legs, his left arm, and the fingers in his right hand.

January 24, 2014; 06:42 PM

Alfred Lobo’s life changed forever more than three years ago when a case of pneumonia led to his limbs being amputated.

It was the beginning of a difficult battle for the former San Bernardino County sheriff’s detective who has been fighting since, not only to recover, but also with the county over his medical expenses.

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

High-Speed Rail

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 7:33 am

The Brown administration, which previously downplayed the significance of court rulings against California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, asked the California Supreme Court to intervene Friday, saying the rulings “imperil” the project.

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By Juliet Williams
Associated Press
Posted: 01/24/2014 12:53:36 PM PST
Updated: 01/24/2014 12:53:36 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — California’s political watchdog agency said Friday it has collected $300,000 from one of two campaign committees accused of improperly reporting contributions in a case that prompted the largest ethics fine in state history.

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GOP

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2014

National Republicans today moved to dramatically curtail the process by which they select a presidential candidate, including granting a special exemption to California.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2014

State Controller John Chiang lacks the authority to determine whether a budget approved by the California Legislature is balanced, a court ruled, handing another legal victory to lawmakers whose pay he docked amid a standoff in 2011.

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OCRegister: Million-dollar perk boosts firefighter overtime

Orange County Seal

By TERI SFORZA
tsforza@ocregister.com
Published: Jan. 24, 2014 Updated: Jan. 25, 2014 8:17 a.m.

Orange County firefighters can boost overtime pay by counting vacation hours as time worked – a lucrative perk that costs taxpayers millions, and which at least one elected official says must go.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2014

Union membership declined in California last year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says in a new report.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Trouble in paradise ?

Josie Gonzales
Gonzales

Friday, January 24, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Multiple sources say there could be trouble in paradise!

Paradise being the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 24, 2014 (www.sbsentinel.com)

(January 21) — In their zeal to make a federal criminal case against the defendants, who were already charged with bribery-related crimes in the state’s Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, FBI agents and members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office violated the constitutional rights of the central figure in the case, his lawyer has alleged in recent filings in U.S. District Court.

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Hardy Brown II

Hardy Brown II was appointed Thursday, Jan. 23, to the San Bernardino County school board.

January 23, 2014; 03:45 PM

Hardy Brown II is the newest member of the San Bernardino County Board of Education, which appointed him Thursday, Jan. 23, to fill a vacancy.

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

Thomas Hollenhorst

Thomas Hollenhorst, an associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal, is a longtime fixture in Riverside — as an attorney, prosecutor, and judge. He has a failing kidney and needs to find a donor. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 23, 2014; 03:58 PM

It’s a waiting game for Thomas Hollenhorst.

An associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside, Hollenhorst works with deadlines. But now the 67-year-old jurist, a fixture in the Inland legal scene for more than 40 years, needs a kidney transplant — and there are no rules of court to set when he will hear about an available organ from one of the two medical centers where is on transplant lists.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor pledges progress on economic front

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January 23, 2014; 09:18 PM

Riverside is a globally competitive, big city that is poised for economic success with assets like the UC Riverside medical school, the soon-to-open renovated convention center, and a public utility that helps fund city services, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey told a crowd of more than 800 people at his “State of the City” address Thursday, Jan. 23.

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

Smith & Wesson

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 23, 2014

Firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson will no longer ship new semi-automatic pistols to California, preferring to turn away from the nation’s most populous market rather than comply with a controversial new gun law.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 – 12:00 am

It was oh-so-polite, but an initial airing of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget in a state Senate committee Thursday foretold election-year conflicts between the governor and legislators – particularly his fellow Democrats.

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OCERS

Orange County Public Employees Retirement System officials are hoping that a loan to little-known companies with poor credit ratings will supercharge the pension fund’s earnings.

BY MIKE REICHER / STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan. 23, 2014 Updated: Jan. 24, 2014 7:57 a.m.

In the past year, the Orange County Public Employees Retirement System board has agreed to loan $450 million to companies in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, mostly little-known companies with poor credit ratings that need cash.

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4.1.1

Officials look to give tainted money to state and national treasuries
By Mark Walker12:24 p.m.Jan. 23, 2014Updated1:53 p.m.

The San Diego County Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington were moving Thursday to wash their hands of $60,000 in donations from a donor linked to what federal authorities say was a scheme to funnel illegal foreign money into San Diego political campaigns.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 01/23/14, 7:45 PM PST |

COMMERCE >> An annual review of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was issued Thursday, detailed instances of sex, lies and innovative uses of videotape.

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