Archive for November, 2014

The PE: JEFF STONE: From City Council to state Senate

Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone, second from right, gets a hug from John Benoit while flanked by Kevin Jeffries, left, and Marion Ashley at Stone’s last Board of Supervisors meeting. (STAN LIM, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Published: Nov. 29, 2014 Updated: Nov. 30, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Jeff Stone likes to think of his political career as an exercise in anger management.

“I never got into this because I was looking for another job,” said the 58-year-old pharmacist. “I got into this because (I was) being angry that things weren’t being done in the city and then being angry that things weren’t being done right in the county and then being angry that things aren’t being done right in the state.”

To read storyby Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Anthony Adams

Mendocino County deputy public defender Anthony Adams is a former member of the state Assembly. (Jim Miller

By Jim Miller
11/29/2014 9:30 PM

Four years ago this month, then-Assemblyman Anthony Adams had cleared out his Capitol office following two terms in the Legislature defined by a middle-of-the-night tax vote.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/30/2014 12:01 AM

Jerry Brown occasionally suggests that a bullet-train system and twin water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were born during his first governorship.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
November 29, 2014

The incoming Republican majority in Congress is preparing to give number-crunching a controversial twist, and the new math could make it easier for the GOP to cut taxes.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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By IE Business Daily
November 29, 2014

The City of San Bernardino just can’t seem to get a break. Even as Ferguson, Missouri was burning this week absorbing the nation’s attention, San Bernardino’s City leadership just couldn’t resist muckraking and developing its own negative press for the sole purpose of deflecting public attention.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/27/14, 11:13 AM PST |

The former general manager of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association, responding to a lawsuit filed against him by the union, denies allegations he misappropriated or embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Barack Obama

Sarah Hurtubise, Reporter
11/28/2014 – 2:48 PM

One in three Americans has put off seeking medical treatment in 2014 due to high costs, according to Gallup — the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

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SacBee: Top-15 donors to California fall campaigns

11/28/2014 5:13 PM

Tens of millions of state campaign dollars changed hands in the run-up to California’s Nov. 4 election, with a select group of donors generating many of the contributions, based on a tally of late contribution filings with the secretary of state’s office.

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By Josh Richman
Posted: 11/28/2014 04:19:17 PM PST
Updated: 11/28/2014 04:22:54 PM PST

California’s public officials would have to reveal more about how rich they are and the businesses they’re involved in, under a state Assembly bill to be introduced Monday when the Legislature returns for its traditional one-day December session.

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By Jim Miller
11/28/2014 2:23 PM

California government is missing out on collecting billions of dollars in fines, victim restitution and other court-ordered debts, with current law offering conflicting fiscal incentives for the mix of agencies charged with getting the money, according to a recent report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal experts.

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NYSE Floor Trader

Reuters/Reuters – A trader watches the screen at his terminal on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York October 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

By Lionel Laurent | Reuters – Fri, 28 Nov, 2014

LONDON (Reuters) – A fresh slide in the price of crude wiped tens of billions of dollars off oil companies’ market value on Friday and signalled an end to the sector’s safe-haven status, as fears mounted over future profits and dividend payouts.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

Election Results

November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Los Angeles Skyline

A tough battle is expected over an attempt to change how the state’s 36-year-old landmark property tax initiative, Proposition 13, treats commercial property, said Rex Hime, president of the California Business Properties Assn. (Scott Harrison)

By Marc Lifsher
November 27, 2014

Picking a new president might not be the only crucial issue before California voters at the polls in two years’ time.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/28/2014 12:01 AM

Going into the Nov. 4 election, Republicans appeared to have an excellent chance of recouping several congressional seats they’d lost in 2012, and their optimism was bolstered on election night.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014 – 11:30 a.m. would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

San Bernardino Seal

Thursday, November 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis has not had a good first year in office.

First. The city’s neverending bankruptcy proceeding has devolved into a cocktail party joke. Requiring an ultimatum by the judge overseeing the case.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 11/26/14, 4:40 PM PST |

About 1,200 nurses employed by the county of San Bernardino will strike Dec. 9 and 10 because 14 months of contract negotiations have yielded no progress, officials of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said Wednesday.

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Pension Reform

By Jon Ortiz
11/26/2014 8:16 PM

Don’t be surprised next year if Gov. Jerry Brown re-enters the political boxing ring for another around with CalPERS over what kinds of pay can count toward a government retiree’s pension calculations. And don’t be surprised if he loses again.

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Retail Sales

Consumers are in a buying mood, economists said, but they’re limiting spending because their incomes are not rising very fast. Above, accessories are displayed for sale at a store in New York. (Victor J. Blue / Bloomberg)

By Jim Puzzanghera
November 26, 2014

The economy just posted its best six-month stretch in 11 years, the labor market is on a record streak of job creation and gas prices are falling. But consumers — a key driver of U.S. economic growth — have not yet fully joined the party.

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Bloomberg: Obama Comes Out Swinging

Barack Obama

Hostile Climate
Nov 26, 2014 1:46 PM PST
Post-midterms Obama is ready to fight Congress on his legacy issues, including clean air.

President Barack Obama sure seems itching for a fight—or a few—with the incoming Republican Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives

David Lawder
Wed Nov 26, 2014 – 7:11pm EST

(Reuters) – Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

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WashTimes: Mitt Romney still favorite of GOP voters for 2016

Mitt Romney

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Republican voters haven’t given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll.

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Brendan Brandt


By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/25/14, 3:19 PM PST | Updated: 31 secs ago

Brendan Brandt is leaving the Upland City Council in characteristic fashion: quietly.

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The PE: EASTVALE: City launches city manager search


Published: Nov. 26, 2014 – 8:39 a.m.

Eastvale announced this week that it is launching a search for a permanent city manager, acting city manager Michele Nissen said in a news release.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

California State University

By Carla Rivera
November 25, 2014

The University of California’s decision to raise tuition generated much controversy.

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SacBee: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/25/2014 9:31 PM

The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard, photographed in September in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

By Philip Rucker and Matea Gold
November 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM

On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out — as the only woman and the only CEO.

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Ford Dearborn Assembly Plant

Ford F-150s move along the production line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., on Nov. 11. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

By Jim Puzzanghera
November 25, 2014

The economy grew faster in the third quarter than initially thought, expanding at a solid 3.9% annual rate, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout in San Bernardino County cause for concern

Voter Apathy

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 1:43 PM PST |

For about four decades political analysts have seen declining local and national voter turnout at the polls, further supported by certified numbers expected Tuesday showing possibly the lowest voter turnout in San Bernardino County history for a general election.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 7:30 PM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s administration pushed back Monday against a suggestion by the fire union that budget cuts may have contributed to the death of two children in a fire on 14th Street last week.

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Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 5:22 pm
Updated Nov 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — Businessman Sal Chavez, chief financial officer and project control coordinator of SC Engineering, a family-owned business in Apple Valley, announced his candidacy for the soon-to-be-vacant 21st State Senate District seat on Monday.

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By Michael B. Marois
Nov 24, 2014 – 10:49 AM PT

The $300 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension, paid $9 million in bonuses last fiscal year, up 14 percent from a year earlier as earnings exceeded benchmarks.

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Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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Calpensions: CalPERS retirees outnumber active workers soon


By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 24, 2014

In a few years CalPERS retirees are expected to outnumber active workers, a national trend among public pension funds that makes them more vulnerable to big employer rate increases.

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WashPost: Obama: America wants ‘that new car smell’

New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

The PE: EASTVALE: New city hall may be built


The city rents office space in a shopping center but has a fund for a new building

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 Updated: Nov. 22, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Where Al’s Corner bar used to be, Eastvale’s long-awaited city hall building could rise.

The Eastvale City Council earlier this month gave approval to a proposal to look into placing a city hall – with a city council chambers – on 1.6 acres of vacant land the city inherited from Riverside County.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/22/2014 9:02 PM

As he sought re-election to his fourth and last term as governor this year, Jerry Brown crowed about a “California comeback” after weathering the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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SFChronicle: Tuition hikes at the University of Compensation

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 4:04 pm, Friday, November 21, 2014

UC Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was “apoplectic” at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. “In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid,” said Blum, “I’d have nothing but empty desks.” And: “You’ve got to get real about this stuff.”

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SacBee: Pay for CalPERS board members varies widely


By Jon Ortiz
11/22/2014 10:40 PM

Over the years, longtime CalPERS board member Priya Mathur has drawn widely varying amounts for her service. One year she received $18,500. Last year, it was $118,900.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Will board dynamics shift?

Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

Curt Hagman

November 22, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

A strong-minded incoming county supervisor and two strong personality chief’s of staff will be coming to the Fifth Floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center on December 1.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

It really looks as if Prisonville, commonly known as the city of Adelanto, is going to welcome construction of a couple more private prison facilities.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

It appears a player in Inland Empire political races “quietly” hit a bump in the road last year.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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By Tiffany Hsu
November 21, 2104

The California unemployment rate held steady at 7.3% in October, even as the state generated the largest increase in jobs in the nation.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

Pat Morris

Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law


By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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Politico: House Intel Committee dismisses some Benghazi myths

U.S. House of Representatives

By Lauren French
11/21/14 7:24 PM EST

The House Intelligence Committee dismissed on Friday a number of the most persistent myths about the 2012 terrorist attacks at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

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The Sun: Adelanto Council approves two more prisons


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/20/14, 12:25 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

ADELANTO >> The City Council late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning tentatively approved a fourth and fifth private prison in this High Desert community, which will bring with them six additional sheriff’s deputies for the city.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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$3.3 Billion

That’s how much customers must pay for nuclear power plant’s closure.

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 11:24 p.m.

Electricity customers will pay $3.3 billion for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to a settlement approved Thursday.

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University of California

Tuition going up at University of California

By Larry Gordon
November 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

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By Ed O’Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund
November 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

President Obama unveiled a long-awaited series of changes to the nation’s immigration policies Thursday evening. While most of the details have yet to be announced, here’s a general overview of what to expect in the coming months, based on information provided by the White House:

Who’s in?

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport ruling now in judge’s hands


Published: Nov. 19, 2014 Updated: 4:58 p.m.

The validity of decades-old agreements that gave ownership and control of Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles now await a judge’s decision after the window closed Wednesday on additional arguments.

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

Adelanto Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/14, 3:20 PM PST |

ADELANTO >> The city council tonight will consider proposals for two more prisons in this city, and protestors are expected to be in attendance to voice opposition.

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low


Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 19, 2014 – 2:16pm PST Updated: Nov 19, 2014 – 3:06pm PST

Incoming tax dollars are predicted to climb about $2 billion above estimates in this year’s state budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday. But lawmakers could not spend the windfall on anything but public education, due to funding formulas guaranteed under state law.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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SacBee: UC regents move tuition increase plan forward

University of California

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
11/19/2014 11:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California regents moved forward with a controversial plan Wednesday to raise tuition if the state does not give the system more money, with the proposal expected to be finalized Thursday.

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Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente covers 7.3 million Californians. A company official said the HMO’s rate hikes for employers are running slightly below the 5% trend nationally and in California. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

By Chad Terhune
November 19, 2014

Southern California employers expect their health-benefit costs to rise 4.8% next year as the economy recovers and mandates under the federal health law kick in, a new survey shows.

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund still has $2 billion funding gap


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund isn’t in horrible shape. But it isn’t in great shape either!

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 7:46 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has six months to come up with a detailed plan to exit bankruptcy or its case will be thrown out of court.

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Gary Ovitt

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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SacBee: Opinion: Big pension gap won’t vanish soon

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/18/2014 10:15 PM

State Controller John Chiang performed an admirable public service by publishing a detailed report on the finances of California’s public employee pension systems.

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San Bernardino Sign

The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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Politico: GOP mulls its own immigration plan


By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
11/18/14 – 1:08 PM EST

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/14, 3:35 PM PST | Updated: 57 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A move to ask the Sheriff’s Department to submit a bid to police the city was dropped Monday at the request of Mayor Carey Davis.

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California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be


Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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SacBee: California tax revenue beating estimates

Tax Reform

By David Siders
11/17/2014 1:19 PM

Tax revenue to California’s general fund is running more than $1 billion above estimates since the July 1 start of the fiscal year, the state said Monday, as Gov. Jerry Brown prepares for another round of budget talks next year.

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Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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Politico: Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

House members go on the record with rare open criticism of their leaders.

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French
Updated 11/18/14 10:50 AM EST

The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

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InlandPolitics: The gift that keeps on giving


Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

Obamacare. The Gift that keeps on giving!

My last story on Obamacare isn’t even a week old and already there’s another controversy.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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VVDailyPress: Local politicians tie the knot

Angela Valles+Rick Roelle

Roelle, Valles get married on Maui

Posted Nov. 14, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY — It was a wedding in tropical paradise for two people who’ve spent much of their lives in the local political spotlight.

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By Michael Finnegan
November 16, 2014

Less than two weeks after winning a fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to collect more money for his reelection committee Monday at a Sacramento reception with lobbyists and their clients.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag


Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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By Dan Keating and Jason Millman
November 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

People shopping on the marketplace that reopened Saturday have more options this year than they did last year, but the options usually will be costlier.

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Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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