Archive for April 30th, 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

SBCO Seal

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.

Campaigns

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.

Moreno Valley seal

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

Los Angeles Clippers

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

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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