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InlandPolitics: Greasing a lucrative criminal defense contract ? – Part 2

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InlandPolitics: Greasing a lucrative criminal defense contract ? – Part 1
The Sentinel: Allegations of irregularities in awarding of $40 million indigent defense contract

Monday, February 17, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

In part one of the series we looked at the stacked contract bidding process to handout four, three-year contracts totaling some $40 million in taxpayer dollars.

But there’s more to the story.

A human side of the story.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/14, 8:31 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A substantial expansion of affordable housing and other developments at Waterman Gardens could be approved Tuesday, setting off what developers hope will be a renaissance turning around the lives of impoverished residents and what detractors fear could be an influx of jobless residents in poorly maintained units.

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The Sun: Utility tax proposed to keep Adelanto afloat

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/16/14, 5:45 PM PST |

ADELANTO >> A $2.6 million budget deficit and lack of tax revenue could push this High Desert city into bankruptcy by the end of the year unless residents approve a utility users tax, Mayor Cari Thomas said.

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Water Politics

By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press
Posted: 02/15/2014 07:40:12 AM PST
Updated: 02/15/2014 08:54:08 AM PST

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state’s water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

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The Governing Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System. (Calpers)

Article by: FENIT NIRAPPIL , Associated Press
Updated: February 16, 2014 – 10:50 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

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Posted by MIKE REICHER
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Updated: Feb. 16, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Most agree that taxpayers should pay police well for risking their lives in the line of duty.

But should they be paid for the time they spend strapping on their gun belt and bulletproof vest? Or tying their boot laces? What if the department insists they dress in the stationhouse, instead of at home?

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Related Documents Public Defender’s Motion

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:23 pm | Updated: 10:11 am, Mon Feb 17, 2014.
By REX DALTON

A huge cache of records alleging the Orange County district attorney’s office and law enforcement agencies utilized a long-running informant program to violate defendants’ rights was unsealed last week in Orange County Superior Court.

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