Archive for February 12th, 2014

The Hill: GOP Rep. Gary Miller will retire

The Hill

February 12, 2014, 03:26 pm
By Cameron Joseph

Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) will retire at the end of this term in Congress, handing Democrats a likely pickup in his Democratic-leaning seat.

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The Sun: San Bernardino studies budget at midyear review

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/10/14, 10:23 PM PST | Updated: 17 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city expects to finish the fiscal year in June with $10.3 million on hand, heartening news for city officials despite the fact that the number doesn’t include $22.9 million in deferred payments.

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DailyBulletin: Upland Council reviews pension costs

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/11/14, 9:49 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Councilman Glenn Bozar knows the largest challenge facing city coffers will be its pension costs.

The 2013-2014 pension costs for the city were a little more than $6 million, and that number is only expected to climb.

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VVDailyPress: Big Bear mayor joins crowded race

February 11, 2014 – 11:52 AM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

BIG BEAR LAKE • Big Bear Lake Mayor Jay Obernolte touted his combination of business and political experience, saying it sets him apart from the field, as he announced on Monday his bid for the 33rd Assembly District.

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UTSanDiego: Faulconer wins mayor’s race

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Republican Kevin Falconer

Alvarez concedes election, pledges to work with new mayor
By Craig Gustafson
Feb. 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer won a decisive victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor’s race Tuesday, signaling a new chapter for the city after the scandal-plagued tenure of former Mayor Bob Filner.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 – 12:35 am

Two years ago, as a collateral effect of President Barack Obama’s landslide re-election win in California, Democrats gained two-thirds “supermajorities” in both legislative houses.

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California Supreme Court

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 11, 2014

California Supreme Court Associate Justice Joyce Kennard has announced her intention to leave the state’s highest court later this year.

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LATimes: State Senate panel reviews ethics, campaign laws

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The Ethics Working Group, formed by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, may discuss and prepare reforms to strengthen laws on gifts, contributions and residency requirements.

By Patrick McGreevy
February 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — With the state Legislature rocked by multiple scandals, the leader of the Senate has assembled a group of lawmakers to examine the state’s decades-old ethics and campaign laws.

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CapitolWeekly: Proposed initiative targets ‘dark money’

Capitol Weekly

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 02.11.2014

Millions of dollars of so-called “dark money” that poured into California’s November 2012 elections has prompted a ballot initiative that would require nonprofits to disclose donations for political activities.

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Kamala Harris

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, shown in June, will announce her reelection plans on Wednesday. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press / June 26, 2013)

By Chris Megerian
February 11, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Kamala Harris will formally announce her plans to seek a second term as state attorney general on Wednesday morning in San Francisco.

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LATimes: D.A. probes work on Ridley-Thomas’ garage

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County crews performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. (Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2013)

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
February 11, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is looking into whether thousands of dollars in taxpayer money was misspent on improvements to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ home last year, an office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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The Republican says a swath of California voters made up of disaffected Democrats and independents will respond to his message.

By Seema Mehta
February 11, 2014, 5:23 p.m.

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Tim Donnelly aimed a Glock 19 at a paper target, the image of a zombie dressed as a British Redcoat, and fired.

All but one of 15 rounds hit their mark. The Republican gubernatorial candidate, taking practice with a handful of gun aficionados as he campaigned in Northern California, was pleased.

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Fuel Gas

By Gary Richards
grichards@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/11/2014 04:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/12/2014 05:09:15 AM PST

Spring is not too far away, and neither is $4-a-gallon gasoline in California.

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NationalJournal: How Obama Keeps Hurting Obamacare

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Republicans have huffed and puffed, but it’s the White House that has come closest to blowing the law down.

Health Care
By Sam Baker
February 11, 2014

Republicans have done everything they can think of to strike down Obamacare, but they’ve still only managed to come in second place. For all the House votes to repeal, defund, or weaken Obamacare, some of the most significant setbacks for the law have come from the administration itself.

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The Hill: Why the Speaker capitulated to Obama

The Hill

February 11, 2014, 08:08 pm
By Russell Berman

Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) abrupt decision to capitulate and hand President Obama a straightforward debt-ceiling increase resulted from simmering divisions that have virtually paralyzed his majority.

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