Archive for January 14th, 2014

LATimes: Federal judges say prison talks failed

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By Paige St. John
January 13, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Federal judges Monday confirmed that Gov. Jerry Brown and lawyers for inmates failed to agree on a plan to handle crowding in the state’s prisons and announced they will order a solution instead.

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U.S. President Barack Obama have lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant - DC

Based on oral arguments Monday at the Supreme Court, the justices may be preparing to limit a president’s ability to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses. Above, President Obama last week at a lunch with young people. (Olivier Douliery / MCT / January 10, 2014)

By David G. Savage This post has been corrected. See below for details.
January 13, 2014, 11:52 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hinted Monday it may move to limit a presidential power used since the days of George Washington to fill high-level vacancies during Senate recesses.

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FBI

By Paloma Esquivel and Robert J. Lopez
January 13, 2014, 9:26 p.m.

The FBI said Monday that it would examine evidence in the Kelly Thomas police beating death trial to “see if further investigation is warranted.”

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OCRegister: Kelly Thomas case could hurt D.A. politically

Tony Rackauckas

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BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
Published: Jan. 13, 2014 Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ failure to win a conviction in the Kelly Thomas case, combined with two other recent court rulings against him, leaves Rackauckas more politically vulnerable if he draws an opponent in his re-election bid.

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Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co, in an October 2013 court appearance.(Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 13, 2014; 07:22 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 13, to accepting a record $2.36 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for a promise to rezone land to make its value skyrocket.

To read story by Marcelo Co in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/13/14, 5:50 PM PST |

UPLAND >> A final decision by the city Fiscal Response Task Force that would have identified ways to save the city from possible bankruptcy was put off a week on Saturday.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/13/14, 6:37 PM PST |

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School Board met behind closed doors Monday afternoon in the wake of a state audit that showed a failure to adhere to district purchasing policies extended to the highest levels of the organization.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 – 12:09 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s newly proposed 2014-15 budget is drawing praise for its emphasis on debt repayment and building reserves, even from many Republicans.

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SacBee: CalPERS reports higher investment gains

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 11:35 pm

CalPERS reported its best annual investment gains in a decade Monday, a development that could alter the political climate as another fight looms over pension reform.

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SacBee: CalPERS says it will kill pension database project

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 9:10 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 11:38 pm

A controversial project to put hundreds of thousands of government retirees’ pension data on the Internet is virtually dead.

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By Claudia Buck
cbuck@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – 3:26 pm

Missing your tax refund? The state Franchise Tax Board is sitting on more than $16 million in unclaimed 2013 tax refunds, which were returned last year by the U.S. Post Office as undeliverable.

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McClatchyDC: The Hillary Clinton hit list

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Lawrence K. Ho – MCT)

By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 13, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton during her failed presidential campaign kept a “hit list” of lawmakers who she and staff believed had slighted her or her husband, former President Bill Clinton, an upcoming book by two reporters says.

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U.S. Capitol

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images – The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year.

By Lori Montgomery and Ed O’Keefe
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama’s push to expand early-childhood education.

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