Archive for January 31st, 2014

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Campaign finance violations

Janice 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


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.


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
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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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%


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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