Archive for October 13th, 2014

RedlandsDailyFacts: City councils vulnerable to being forced to use districts

Highland District Boundaries

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/12/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

Cities across the state have been voluntarily complying with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001—while others, such as the city of Highland, are forced to consider changing their election system to avoid potentially costly litigation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/14, 5:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The head of the nonprofit Time for Change Foundation is crying “dirty politics” after her nonprofit finished first in the bidding for funds the city said was available, only to have the City Council then change direction.

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VVDailyPress: Feds send Barstow casino notices to agencies

Los Coyotes Casino

Conceptual rendering of the proposed Barstow Casino. (Photo courtesy of

Posted Oct. 12, 2014 @ 2:31 pm
Updated Oct 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

BARSTOW — Local government agencies would lose some property tax revenue if land being targeted for an Indian casino is put into a trust for development, but one Barstow City Councilman says that shouldn’t be a concern.

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press
Oct. 12, 2014 – 07:35 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.

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OCRegister: Turnout isn’t only poll issue

I Voted

Published: Oct. 12, 2014 Updated: 3:33 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills this month intended to boost flagging voter engagement and participation.

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George Skelton

George Skelton
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2014

About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they’re being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They’re handy stage props for the governor’s reelection campaign.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Jim Newton
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2014

As California’s Republican Party contemplates its way out of the political wilderness, most of the public debate has focused on questions of ideology: Can social conservatives stomach moderation on issues such as abortion or gay marriage in exchange for election victories?

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