Archive for January 10th, 2014

The Sentinel: With Postmus’ credibility shot, DA banks on Brown as lead witness

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
January 10, 2014

(January 8) Matt Brown, San Bernardino County’s current assistant auditor-controller-treasurer and the one-time chief-of-staff to former county supervisor Paul Biane, is about to emerge front and center as the lead prosecution witness in the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, the Sentinel has learned.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Friday, January 10, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom Friday morning.

Hagman makes it official

California State Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) has thrown his hat in the ring to replace outgoing County Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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InlandPolitics: Walker up for another term

Larry Walker

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Friday, Janaury 10, 2014 – 08:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County Auditor-Contrller-Treasurer-Tax Collector Larry Walker isn’t tired yet.

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 01/09/14, 1:25 PM PST |

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to use part of a projected surplus to pay down the state’s long-term debt and use the rest toward schools, health care and the high-speed rail project drew mixed reactions from Inland Empire leaders Thursday.

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LADailyNews: California budget surges to record high

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By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/09/14, 6:09 PM PST |

In Los Angeles Thursday afternoon to unveil his annual state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown called his fiscal plan conservative, one that sets aside billions in a rainy day fund.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 9, 2014

The proposed rainy-day fund that is a central part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan would scrap some of the provisions in a measure already on the November ballot.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 – 1:16 am

Fourteen years ago, the governor of California solemnly pledged not to squander a $12.3 billion revenue windfall on unsustainable tax cuts or spending.

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SFChronicle: Summary of California’s outstanding debts

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal estimates that California owes about $355 billion in debts and unfunded liabilities for benefits promised to former and current state employees.

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NSA

Patrick Semansky/AP – The National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.

By David Nakamura
Published: January 9, 2014

In public, President Obama has focused this week on income inequality, touting initiatives to help the poor and unemployed. But in private, the president and his top aides have spent more time dealing with another issue.

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Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. Christie has fired a top aide who engineered political payback against a town mayor, saying she lied. Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly is the latest casualty in a widening scandal that threatens to upend Christie’s second term and likely run for president in 2016. Documents show she arranged traffic jams to punish the mayor, who didn’t endorse Christie for re-election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
Posted: 01/09/14, 8:23 AM PST | Updated: 12 hrs ago

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to his constituents and said he was “embarrassed and humiliated” by his staff, one day after emails and text messages revealed his administration may have closed highway lanes to exact political retribution.

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Reuters: Unemployment benefits extension stalls in Senate

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By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Jan 9, 2014 7:20pm EST

(Reuters) – Senate Democrats on Thursday offered a new plan to revive federal unemployment benefits until mid-November and pay the $18 billion price tag with new spending cuts, but hopes of a bipartisan deal dissolved into bickering by day’s end.

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TIME: Congress Is Now Mostly A Millionaires’ Club

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Congress

For the first time, more than half of congressional lawmakers are worth at least $1 million
By Andrew Katz @katz
Jan. 09, 20140

Congress is loaded, if you weren’t already aware.

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