Archive for April, 2014

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The race for Riverside County District Attorney heated up last week, following allegations that incumbent, and former Superiror Court Judge Paul Zellerbach, was caught twice messing with the campaign signs of his opponent, and subordinate, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

Even more problematic, he (Zellerbach) was also using a county-owned vehicle to engage in the mischief. Local law enforcement unions, who also support Hestrin, have called for Zellerbach’s resignation.

But now it’s San Bernardino County’s turn.

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VVDailyPress: County denies backroom deal

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April 29, 2014 9:19 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

In response to a lawsuit filed Thursday, a San Bernardino County spokesman on Monday said the county’s top executive would never pass off the appointment of a fire chief in exchange for support of trimming firefighter benefits.

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A civil grand jury issued a report critical of how Riverside County supervisors spend money intended to help nonprofits and community groups. The expenditures allow supervisors to promote themselves using taxpayer dollars, the jury found.

April 29, 2014; 04:33 PM

Discretionary funds doled out by Riverside County supervisors to community groups have little oversight and allow supervisors to promote themselves and dine using taxpayer dollars, according to a new grand jury report.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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April 29, 2014; 04:36 PM

Questions have arisen about the background of Mark Orozco, a candidate for Riverside County supervisor, in the wake of a lawsuit accusing him of falsely claiming he was a lawyer with an advanced business degree.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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April 29, 2014; 06:42 PM

A year ago, Moreno Valley leaders got a surprising wake-up call when federal and local investigators raided the homes of Mayor Tom Owings and council members Victoria Baca, Marcelo Co and Jesse Molina.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Campaigns

April 29, 2014 10:30 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

A supporter of 33rd Assembly District candidate Scott Markovich recently filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission alleging that a research group made disparaging remarks about three other candidates during a phone call last week and refused to disclose who was paying for its services.

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California Seal

By Paige St. John
April 29, 2014, 10:25 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state is releasing some low-level, nonviolent prisoners early as Gov. Jerry Brown complies with a federal court order to reduce crowding in its lockups — a turning point in the governor’s efforts to resolve the issue.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling has options to weigh after NBA ban

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Donald Sterling could choose to sell the L.A. Clippers — possibly for upward of $1 billion — or he could stand and fight.

David Wharton, Stuart Pfeifer, Tiffany Hsu
April 29, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

Donald Sterling has been shamed, fined $2.5 million and banned for life by the NBA for his incendiary remarks about race.

But none of that changes the fact that Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers, which gives him options.

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Donald Sterling could draw out a Clippers sale indefinitely, analysts say. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press / April 29, 2014)

Tiffany Hsu, Stuart Pfeifer
April 29, 2014, 4:20 p.m.

The Clippers could have a new owner within a few months if Donald Sterling accepts the lifetime ban from the NBA and $2.5-million fine issued against him by the league Tuesday morning, analysts said.

But if the real estate mogul and trained lawyer decides not to cooperate, the sale of the team could drag on indefinitely.

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WASHINGTON Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Tuesday said he would use “every available power” to prevent Internet providers from restricting users’ access to any web content as he seeks to calm a consumer storm over his proposed new Internet traffic rules.

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Unemployment Benefits Application

By Steven Dennis
Posted at 5:36 p.m. on April 29

Updated 6:20 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner talked to the leading Republican pushing for an unemployment insurance extension, telling Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on Tuesday that he won’t budge from demands for add-ons that would create jobs before he will put the measure on the House floor.

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Reuters: Senator Reid opens door to Keystone pipeline vote

Reid answers questions from reporters after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answers questions from reporters after the weekly Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington March 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Timothy Gardner and Thomas Ferraro
WASHINGTON Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:15pm EDT

(Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an abrupt election-year shift in strategy, opened the possibility on Tuesday of allowing a vote on congressional approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors face ballot challengers

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Voters on June 3 will decide who will fill three seats on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors

April 28, 2014; 06:04 PM

The changing face of Riverside County is reflected in this year’s election for the county’s top elected jobs where three Latinos, including two Democrats, are challenging three white Republican incumbents.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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District Attorney Paul Zellerbach (Paul Alvarez/The Press-Enterprise)

April 28, 2014; 05:03 PM

Several law enforcement unions on Monday called for Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach to resign from office in the wake of allegations that he illegally tampered with opponent Mike Hestrin’s campaign signs in Indio last week.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/28/14, 11:18 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> City leaders have agreed to terminate health benefits for elected officials, a move that can save this financially-strapped city $103,000 annually.

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John Pomierski

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/28/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Former Upland Mayor John Pomierski will be released from prison Tuesday, five months earlier than expected for federal bribery charges, his attorney said.

Pomierski, 60, will be released from state prison in Taft in Kern County.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 28, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown urged members of the Assembly’s budget panel Monday to support his plan for a new rainy-day reserve before voters in November.

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Two of the candidates hoping to replace Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) are launching cable TV ad campaigns. (May 7, 2008)

By Jean Merl
April 28, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

Two of the four Democrats vying to succeed Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) on Monday announced cable TV ads in the Inland Empire district.

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By Seema Mehta
April 28, 2014, 3:48 p.m.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Monday seized on Toyota’s decision to move 3,000 jobs from Torrance to Texas as evidence of California’s poor business climate and to lash out at Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Barack Obama

President Obama’s approval rating fell to 41 percent, down from 46 percent through the first three months of the year and the lowest of his presidency in Washington Post (ABC News polls. Charles Dharapak/AP)

By Dan Balz and Peyton M. Craighill
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama’s approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president’s agenda, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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SacBee: Tim Donnelly says lead in polls is proof of ‘something in the air’

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 27, 2014

ANAHEIM – Tim Donnelly said Sunday that his frontrunner status among Republicans running for governor is evidence “people want a fighter,” and he blamed the media for what he said is negative coverage of controversies that have riddled his campaign.

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By BILLY WITZ
APRIL 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — When Kim Hughes, then an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers, was found to have prostate cancer on the eve of training camp in 2004, he learned what it was like to work in Donald Sterling’s world.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 28, 2014

When government workers are temporarily promoted shortly before retirement, do they get the same pension increase as a permanent worker in the job — or would that open the door for “spiking,” the intentional tweaking of final pay to boost pensions?

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney. (Richard Carson/ Reuters)

By Wesley Lowery
April 27 at 2:35 pm

Mitt Romney has said time and time again that he has no interest in running for president a third time.

But, on Sunday morning, CBS’ Bob Schieffer said not to write off the idea of a 2016 campaign by Romney so quickly.

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Hillary Clinton, Giuliani, And Other New York Leaders Ring Opening Bell At New York Stock Exchange

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center) walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the ringing of the opening bell on September 9, 2011 in New York City. | Getty

By BEN WHITE and MAGGIE HABERMAN | 4/28/14 5:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK — The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP’s old establishment base from its rising populist wing.

The second most popular game is guessing what happens if Jeb says no.

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Toyota’s move to suburban Dallas would put management of Toyota’s U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for the American market.

By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
April 27, 2014, 6:40 p.m.

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans.

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InlandPolitics: Campaigns: Riverside County DA to face challenger

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Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin left. District Attorney Paul Zellerbach right.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has been making his own press this past week.

The purported sign bandit has been making waves in both the print media, and on local radio and television airwaves.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Officials at troubled San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) suffered another blow last week.

This time it’s courtesy of Boeing.

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Moreno Valley voters will decide June 3 whether to remove Mayor Tom Owings. If they do, seven candidates are vying to replace him.

April 25, 2014; 06:17 PM

For nearly a year, Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings’ critics have called him a bully and questioned his integrity as he came under scrutiny in a corruption investigation.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: The ABC’s of ethics in the Golden State

By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/26/14, 5:05 PM PDT |

Californians are not a judgmental lot.

Unless we’re judging lunatic legislators in Florida, Texas, and those other Red States. Then judge away.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/26/14, 8:09 PM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

Rialto >> After months of chaos, the straw that broke the camel’s back for a group of Rialto residents came with the January release of two audits that depicted a district out of control.

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Debt

Melody Gutierrez
Updated 10:09 pm, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sacramento — California paid more than a quarter of a billion dollars last year alone to compensate departing and retiring state workers for vacation and other leave time saved during their careers, and one public employee topped the list with a $488,000 check.

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State Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 7:33 am

Al Muratsuchi took a traditional path to the state Capitol, serving as a prosecutor and school board trustee before his election two years ago to the Assembly. When Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu announced his bid for Congress, Muratsuchi considered launching a campaign for the seat covering coastal Los Angeles.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 – 12:00 am

Writing California ballot measures has evolved – or degenerated – into a game of hide-the-pea.

The trick is to write a measure that contains the main thing its sponsors want, but encase it in other stuff that, they hope, will sway enough inattentive voters to win approval.

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Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during an exhibition game earlier this season at Staples Center. (AP)

By David Zahniser
April 26, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

[This post has been updated, as indicated in the notes below.]

A recording said to be of Clippers team owner Donald J. Sterling making racist remarks was met with swift condemnation from Los Angeles city leaders and prompted a call for the city to formally denounce him.

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GOP

By Ed O’Keefe
Sunday, April 27, 2014

President Obama’s record is “littered” with promises — ranging from an economic stimulus plan to a new health-care law — that have not panned out, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) charged Saturday as he touted measures passed in recent months by the House meant to spur job creation.

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IEBusinessDaily: New Ethics Allegations against District Attorney

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
April 26, 2014

The election for District Attorney is one of the hot races to watch this June, if for no other reason than because of the history of the two candidates.

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Riverside is investigating allegations that Councilman Mike Soubirous interfered with city employees, a violation of the city charter. Soubirous has denied any such activity.

April 25, 2014; 03:13 PM

Riverside is investigating complaints that Councilman Mike Soubirous violated the city charter by interfering with employees, allegations he said are puzzling but that he nonetheless denied.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

April 25, 2014 11:05 PM
RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • Noted economists will help community and business leaders make sense of the Victor Valley’s future during the 2014 High Desert Economic Summit on Wednesday.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown orders more emergency drought measures

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 3:25 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

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LATimes: Mortgage lending slows to a 14-year low

By Tim Logan
April 25, 2014, 5:39 p.m.

Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation’s lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years.

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Drought Watch

By Jason Wells
April 25, 2014, 6:53 a.m.

A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.

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FISA

By Ellen Nakashima
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Verizon in January filed a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s program that collects billions of Americans’ call-detail records, but a surveillance court rejected it, according to newly declassified documents and individuals with knowledge of the matter.

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The following article was published in Friday’s edition of the

San Bernardino County Sentinel.

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Laurie Levenson, a former assistant U.S. Attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola Law School says “The appearance of it is troubling. It gives the appearance of impropriety because by making those donations, he [Carter] looks as if he is currying favor with the district attorney. Although it may be permitted, I don’t think it is ethical.”

The Sentinel

Documents implicate DA Ramos in extortion and kickback scheme  (Update -1-)
By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on April 25, 2014

(April 25) The surfacing of long-buried criminal court documents indicates San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos withheld crucial information from a panel of Superior Court judges and county lawyers who provided the county board of supervisors with a persuasive recommendation to give attorney Earl Carter and his law firm an exclusive $20 million contract to perform indigent defense work at all of the county’s courthouses.

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Friday, April 25, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

KESQ-TV (Palm Springs) is reporting Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has been recorded on a video surveillance camera removing a campaigns sign of his opponent, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin, and replacing it with his own.

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Paul Zellerbach

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach issued a campaign statement Thursday identifying the witness in his campaign-sign tampering case in Indio. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise)

April 24, 2014; 05:20 PM

The strange saga of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach vs. his opponent’s campaign sign got even stranger Thursday when the DA issued a statement identifying the man who reported the incident to Indio police as a district attorney investigator who is the father of a witness in a triple-homicide case.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein

April 24, 2014 by Dan Bernstein

Snapshot from the 2014 RivCo DA campaign trail:

Paul Zellerbach, the incumbent, gets lost in Indio on the way to a high school.

He and an aide stop at an intersection to reset their GPS.

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/24/14, 8:33 PM PDT |

Gun enthusiast, Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, has introduced a bill that would standardize the requirements for residents to get a handgun carry license.

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Carla Marinucci

Posted on Thursday, April 24 at 5:27pm | By Carla Marinucci

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was already facing an uphill climb to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and now a new poll shows just how steep that hill is — he’s trailing a registered sex offender.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 24, 2014

California’s political-ethics panel Thursday unanimously approved a $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, agreeing with an administrative law judge’s recommended decision that the Twain Harte Republican committed “serious and deliberate” violations of campaign-finance rules.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 – 9:39 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 – 9:55 pm

The state budget is largely financed by personal income taxes, and thanks to an improving economy and a temporary tax increase approved by voters two years ago, it is enjoying surpluses after years of deficits.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/24/14, 10:19 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

SANTA MONICA>> All seven candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff talked about transparency and accountability, jail construction and disciplining wayward deputies at their latest debate Thursday.

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The PE: FPPC: Gift of 49ers tickets costs former Inland assemblyman $1K

San Francisco 49ers

April 24, 2014

A state agency has fined a former Corona assemblyman $1,000 for accepting tickets to a San Francisco 49ers football game arranged through a lobbying firm, a penalty the ex-lawmaker called politically motivated.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

San Bernardino based radio station KTIE-AM 590 had Mark Gutglueck, editor of the San Bernardino County Sentinel, as a guest for thirty minutes on the Lou Desmond Show, which aired live in the six to seven o’clock hour Thursday evening.

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InlandPolitics: Riverside Co: DA Zellerbach steps in it!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Talk about stepping in it at the wrong time.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who is seeking reelection June 3, has a problem this Thursday morning.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/23/14, 7:56 PM PDT | Updated: 20 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents opposed to the direction taken by the city charter review committee submitted notice to the city clerk on Wednesday that they’ll be collecting signatures to get two proposed charter amendments on the ballot, independent of the citizen committee.

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Covered California

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 04.23.2014

Voter registration, politics and health care: a volatile mix?

Millions of Californians who applied for coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be getting voter registration cards from Covered California, the state’s health insurance portal. It’s not clear how many actually will register.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 23, 2014

As part of his return to politics, Mitt Romney is choosing sides in the contest to succeed retiring Rep. Buck McKeon in Southern California.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/14, 10:09 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized county counsel to enter into litigation with the architectural and engineering behind the High Desert Detention Center expansion project in Adelanto.

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Michelle Ambrozic

April 22, 2014 10:14 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

Assembly candidate Michelle Ambrozic on Tuesday said she’s received a mostly positive response to her campaign signs depicting the silhouette of a woman aiming a rifle equipped with a scope, but she also revealed that her staff was forced to file a police report after two men in Apple Valley were spotted taking them down.

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VVDailyPress: GOP Assembly candidates speak at luncheon

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Crowded field jockeys for votes in June primary
April 22, 2014 6:05 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Hosting GOP candidates in local races on Tuesday, leaders of Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated, stressed the importance of showing support for the party in general as the June primary looms.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 22, 2014

The scandal-ridden state Senate took a step toward cleaning up its image Tuesday, when a key committee approved several bills aimed at purifying the role of money in California politics.

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By David G. Savage
April 22, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 – 07:30 p.m.

Defense lawyers have lodged a series of reply briefs in the well-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 8:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A prosecutor in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case admitted in a letter to a state senator that criminal conspiracy charges may be dropped against one of the defendants because the statute of limitations has lapsed, according to a motion filed in Superior Court.

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The Sun: CalPERS appeal of bankruptcy pushed back

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/21/14, 7:03 PM PDT |

Progress in confidential mediation between San Bernardino and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is promising enough that an aggressive schedule for briefs in CalPERS’ appeal of the city’s bankruptcy has been pushed back.

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Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/21/14, 7:34 PM PDT |

After stepping away for a few days, Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn returned to work Monday.

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Markley's Gunrange

Gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly says he is working to be less confrontational in the Assembly. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / February 11, 2014)

By Melanie Mason
April 21, 2014, 5:28 p.m.

SACRAMENTO —Tim Donnelly arrived at the Assembly in late 2010 with big plans.

First on his list: a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration. A plan to dismantle the state’s air quality board was close behind.

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Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 21, 2014, 4:15 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 – 12:00 am

The State Bar is something of an odd duck – a quasi-private, quasi-public entity that simultaneously regulates the legal profession and acts as a trade association and political advocate for lawyers.

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Money

Opponents say proposed San Onofre nuclear power plant settlement helps shareholders at the expense of consumers.

By TOM BERG / STAFF WRITER
Published: April 21, 2014 Updated: April 22, 2014 7:57 a.m.

Consumer watchdog groups plan to fight a proposed settlement over the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant that could cost utility users in South Orange County and San Diego more than $3.3 billion.

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Covered California

As of April 15, 425,058 people, or 30.5% of the Covered California market, had enrolled in Anthem. Blue Shield was second with 27.3%, Health Net third at 18.9% and Kaiser fourth at 17.3%.

By Chad Terhune
April 21, 2014, 8:19 p.m.

With open enrollment for Obamacare wrapped up, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stayed ahead of the pack in California sign-ups and widened its lead over rival Blue Shield of California.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Raul Ruiz outpaces GOP rivals in fundraising

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Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert

April 19, 2014

Rep. Raul Ruiz has more than $1.5 million in cash on hand as he defends his congressional seat for the first time, campaign finance records show.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Empire Blog, click here.

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who is running for state Senate, changed his online biography after questions surfaced about his employment status with a Cal State university.

April 18, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone revised the biography on his state Senate campaign website after questions arose about his employment history at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/20/14, 7:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposal to hire the firm that advised Carey Davis’ mayoral campaign to serve as Davis’ chief of staff is raising conflict-of-interest concerns.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/20/14, 8:14 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A City of Industry-based developer has broken ground on its second shopping center here, more than 10 years after its first center, Citrus Plaza, began to open — bringing resolution to years of legal battles and contention over the development.

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Arrowhead Springs

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> In its heyday, the Arrowhead Springs Hotel hosted such celebrities as Spencer Tracy, Lucille Ball, Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart.

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Kearia Brown, two others charged in Hesperia smoke shop attempted robbery
April 20, 2014 11:38 AM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

VICTORVILLE • An aide for Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks is scheduled to be arraigned June 16 following her arrest this month in connection with a Hesperia smoke shop attempted robbery, court records show.

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VVDailyPress: Republican candidates to speak at luncheon

GOP

April 20, 2014 6:05 PM
STAFF REPORTS

SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Republican candidates in local races on Tuesday are scheduled to speak during a luncheon of the Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated.

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By Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press
Posted: 04/20/14, 11:32 AM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.

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Priya Mathur, a longtime member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System Board of Administration, is in trouble again with the Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to file timely reports.

By Marc Lifsher
April 20, 2014, 4:37 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A longtime board member of the country’s largest public pension fund is in trouble again with California’s political watchdog.

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Calpensions: Pensions still cloud Stockton bankruptcy exit

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 21, 2014

With a new twist, Stockton’s plan to leave a huge pension debt untouched was still an issue last week as the city council, hoping to end a two-year bankruptcy, approved settlements for 95 percent of the claims.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 20, 2014 – 10:01 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a pleasant and Happy Easter holiday.

InlandPolitics: Is the economy as strong as people think?

Economy

Sunday, April 20, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Much effort is being put into making Americans believe the economy is building strength.

The assertion is prominent within government circles.

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SBx Bus

Omnitrans trains drivers and tests new sbX buses on the new rapid transit line north and south on E Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday. The Omnitrans sbX Green Line will span a 15.7 mile corridor between San Bernardino and Loma Linda, with 16 stations. Service will start April 28. John Valenzuela — Staff

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/19/14, 9:59 PM PDT |

After more than a year of construction and a decade of planning, Omnitrans is about ready to roll out its $197.1-million rapid transit bus line later this month.

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