Archive for March 17th, 2014

The PE: ASSEMBLY: No foes for two first-term Inland members


March 14, 2014; 06:05 PM

It’s taken only two years for two California Assembly members from western Riverside County to become entrenched in their districts.

Both 60th District Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, and 67th District Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, will run unopposed in the June 3 primary election because no one filed candidacy papers to challenge them, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters’ office.

To read story by Michael J. Williams in The Press Enterprise, click here.


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/16/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> More than one-fifth of the $62.8 million San Bernardino County paid to settle civil lawsuits over the past six years named the Sheriff’s Department as a defendant, while Arrowhead Regional Medical Center was named defendant in 17 percent of the settled cases.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/16/14, 6:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The president of the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors and public defenders is requesting that incorrect information on district attorney candidate Grover Merritt’s candidate statement be stricken or corrected.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/16/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

Although California public school districts aren’t exactly flush with cash, the Ides of March appears to have passed without major layoffs in Southern California school districts.

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VVDailyPress: Massive records sweep in SEC case


Investigators seek thousands more documents as defense counsel feels overencumbered
March 16, 2014 5:21 PM
Shea Johnson, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Attorneys for the city and its airport authority say they have negotiated the volume of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s most recent records request down from 6 million to 366,250, but even with 10 full-time contract workers reviewing approximately 4,000 documents per day it’s unrealistic to think they could meet a proposed April deadline.

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Tim Donnelly

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, center, speaks to reporters at the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame on Saturday. (Ben Margot / Associated Press / March 16, 2014)

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
March 16, 2014, 5:13 p.m.

BURLINGAME, Calif. — The audience reaction told the story: For Neel Kashkari, polite applause; for his GOP gubernatorial rival, Tim Donnelly, a prolonged roar of cheers.

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Tim Donnelly

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly (center), an assemblyman who is a Tea Party favorite, greets a well-wisher at the state GOP convention in Burlingame. (Photo: Stephen Lam, Reuters)

Carla Marinucci
Sunday, March 16, 2014, – Updated: 10:20 p.m.

When Jim Brulte, chair of the California Republican Party, was asked this weekend whether his embattled party could win a single statewide office in 2014, he refused to predict victory.

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David Koch

A web of organizations tied to conservative billionaires David Koch and his brother poured $15 million into California in 2012 to fight Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike and support an ultimately unsuccessful move to curtail unions’ political power. (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press / August 30, 2013)

By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
March 16, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — An attempt by California lawmakers to curb anonymous political donations, sometimes hidden behind secretive out-of-state groups, will test Democrats’ ability to have their way without a supermajority.

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By Jim Miller
Published: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 – 6:39 am

Gov. Jerry Brown was in the final months of his first term when he signed a bill championed by law enforcement groups to limit criminal defendants’ access to peace officers’ personnel records.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 17, 2014

The Vallejo city council last week voted to close a $5.2 million gap in the current budget, showing no alarm that in a five-year forecast the gap reopens, mainly driven by rising pension costs.

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Kevin McCarthy

Carolyn Kaster/AP – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), seen here in October 2013, joined with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to form a 30-member working group to address the health-care law.

By Robert Costa
Monday, March 17, 2014

House Republican leaders are adopting an agreed-upon conservative approach to fixing the nation’s health-care system, in part to draw an election-year contrast with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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