Archive for February 21st, 2014

InlandPolitics: Hearing related to fifth Colonies dismissal motion continued

Update

Friday, February 21, 2014 – 10:30 p.m.

A decision to unseal a fifth dismissal motion in the highly-publicized Colonies case has been delayed until February 28.

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Mike Ramos

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos: “I will not allow our office to be used for political purposes.”
Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/02/prosecutor-tim-donnelly-wont-face-legal-action-for-gun-use.html#storylink=cpy

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 21, 2014

Tim Donnelly will not face legal action in San Bernardino County for his heavily publicized use of firearms at campaign events in recent weeks, the local prosecutor saying Friday that terms of Donnelly’s probation do not prohibit such activities.

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indictment

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 21, 2014

Calderon Bribe Case – Indictment

Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, have been indicted by federal authorities on multiple criminal charges, including money laundering.

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Drought Watch

Kurtis Alexander
Published 11:33 am, Friday, February 21, 2014

(02-21) 11:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials announced Friday that many California farmers will receive no water this year from the federally-run system of reservoirs and canals fed by the drought-stricken Sierra Nevada, a crippling blow for the state’s agricultural industry.

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By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
and Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 02/21/14, 9:21 AM PST | Updated: 17 mins ago

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to file federal charges today in a political corruption matter and a case involving a massive health care fraud scheme.

A law enforcement source told this newspaper the charges are related to the FBI investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon.

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DOJ

Posted: 02/21/14, 9:21 AM PST | Updated: 13 secs ago

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to file federal charges Friday in a political corruption matter and a case involving a massive health care fraud scheme.

A press conference is being held at noon at the federal building in Los Angeles.

The Sun: San Bernardino mayor receives raise

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/20/14, 7:22 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Carey Davis will make $103 more per month as mayor than his predecessor, a raise required by a city charter formula similar to the one that controversially sets the pay for police and firefighters.

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Darrell Steinberg

Darrell Steinberg says California should junk its complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits and replace it with a carbon tax on gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels.

By Marc Lifsher
February 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

SACARAMENTO — Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 – 10:33 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 – 12:01 am

Darrell Steinberg, the president pro tem of the state Senate who will leave the position and the Legislature later this year, proposed Thursday that gasoline taxes be increased sharply to fight global warming and provide new financial support for low- and middle-income families.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 – 11:00 pm

A pair of bills requiring greater transparency from electioneering nonprofits are one step away from Gov. Jerry Brown.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
February 20, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — An attorney who aided an investigation that resulted in fines against lobbyist Kevin Sloat said the settlement of the matter approved Thursday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission falls short and fails to address some of the most serious allegations involving elected officials.

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By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 – 11:00 pm

STOCKTON — Tim Donnelly parked his campaign RV outside a Stockton house one night last week, asked for a Monster Energy drink and walked inside to the applause of a small crowd.

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Moody's Ratings

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 20, 2014

Moody’s Investors Services, a major bond rating house, warned Thursday that if bankrupt California cities don’t reduce their pension obligations, they risk returning to insolvency.

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LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/20/14, 8:13 PM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Realizing they both have a lot to lose if public employee retirement costs continue spiraling out of control, Los Angeles County and its labor unions have agreed to what they called “sweeping reforms” that could save as much as $840 million over the next 30 years.

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calstrs

The state teachers pension fund faces a $71-billion shortfall, but Gov. Brown is willing to wait until next year to craft a remedy.

By Chris Megerian
February 20, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

WEST SACRAMENTO — When the glass-sheathed headquarters of the California teachers’ pension fund opened five years ago, it was supposed to help anchor developments along the blighted riverfront on the capital’s outskirts.

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OC Sheriff badge

Local applicants seeking a permit to carry a concealed weapon now only have to say that they need one for self-defense or personal safety.

BY DAVID MONTERO / STAFF WRITER
Published: Feb. 19, 2014 Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 1:59 p.m.

The Orange County sheriff loosened requirements Wednesday for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit in light of a recent federal appellate court decision that deemed many urban counties in California to be overly restrictive in saying who can and can’t carry a concealed weapon.

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LATimes: Obama backs away from a Republican budget priority

Obama's budget

President Obama is seeking to present a unified Democratic front in his next budget, scheduled for release in early March. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press / February 12, 2014)

By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey
February 20, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party’s base.

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By Seema Mehta
February 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.

Without offering a hint as to her plans, Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday lamented the departure of longtime congressional colleagues from California — including retiring Reps. Henry Waxman and George Miller –and said their institutional knowledge and ability to compromise in Washington would be missed.

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