Archive for July 12th, 2015

InlandPolitics: Is gas pump price spike criminal?

A gas pump hozzle is shown in Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Portland, Ore.  Oil prices slipped toward $82 a barrel Thursday, pausing from a rally that lifted the commodity to a three-month high this week amid a weakening dollar and positive corporate earnings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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InlandPolitics: Oil Companies stick it to California driver’s again
InlandPolitics: More gas price manipulation: This time it’s creative!

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

In the past 72-hours the retail price of unleaded gasoline in the Inland Empire has spiraled out of control. It’s what happens when only four companies control the gasoline refining capacity for the entire state.

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Court Filings

Saturday, July 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO (CN) – Major oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell conspired to create false gasoline shortages in Southern California and gouge prices, an Escondido gas station claims in an antitrust class action.

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Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 11, 2015

The State of California just passed a $125 Billion State budget which increases funding for education, welfare programs, and expands Medi-Cal.

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InlandPolitics: A story of interest in The Sun newspaper

Take a Look

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 10:40 a.m.

There’s a story of interest by Staff Writer Joe Nelson in the Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the entire story, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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

Los Angeles County - Take Home Cars

Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich each exceeded the county’s price limit when they bought their hybrid SUVs: a $56,288 Chevrolet Tahoe and a top-of-the-line $65,648 GMC Yukon Denali, respectively. (Hans Gutknecht — Staff Photographer)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/11/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Walk the garage under Los Angeles County’s headquarters and you’ll see rows of practical Ford Tauruses and efficient Toyota Priuses — the ones with government seals on the front doors.

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Immigration

Supporters with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles gather outside the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Bel-Air on Friday evening to protest GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan
July 11, 2015

More than two decades have passed since Republican Gov. Pete Wilson aired a television ad showing Mexicans scurrying across the border as an announcer declared, “They keep coming: 2 million illegal immigrants in California.”

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Delta Tunnels

An aerial photo from 2013 shows the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. | Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file
Water & Drought

By David Siders and Ryan Sabalow
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 11, 2015

  • Wealthy Stockton-area farmer’s initiative expected to qualify for 2016 ballot
  • Measure would force vote on some projects costing more than $2 billion
  • Initiative backers have poured $2 million into effort, alarming tunnels proponents

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

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Jim McDonnell

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on Saturday said that he had relieved from duty 10 jail workers. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By David Zahniser
July 11, 2015

Ten Los Angeles County Jail employees were relieved of duty pending further investigation following an incident involving an inmate who was allegedly “restrained” for 32 hours, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Saturday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Fix state? Here are 16 ideas

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 11, 2015

  • Silicon Valley tycoon Tim Draper wants to ‘Fix California’
  • He asked public to submit ideas for reform
  • List has been narrowed to 16

Silicon Valley tycoon Tim Draper’s quixotic campaign to reassemble California into six new states didn’t go anywhere, so he shifted into soliciting ideas to “Fix California.”

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Malibu Pier

Christian Rodriguez, 19, of Santa Barbara skimboards at the Malibu Pier with low clouds in the background on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Malibu, California. Forecasters say chance for strong El Nino increased to more than 90%. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

By Veronica Rocha
July 11, 2015

Californians should brace themselves for one of the strongest El Niño events to hit the Pacific Ocean in years.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a rally before a crowd of 3,500 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Phoenix. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Bob Christie and Kim Pierceall, Associated Press
Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Updated 7:13 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump criticized U.S. immigration and trade policies on Saturday in speeches that veered from accusing Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border to professing respect for the Mexican government and love for its people.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Donald Trump is the GOP’s Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children’s book series. To thinking Republicans who don’t want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters his name, media dementors — soulless creatures who sail through the airwaves — pop out from nowhere and suck the oxygen out of the hapless offender. Helpless and filled with dread, some victims die, while others slip into nothingness. The dementors will not relent. They want to turn the primary into a pain-inducing referendum on the Dark Lord.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at Trident Tech on June 17, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina.(Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Old friends wonder what happened to the Clinton “we once knew.”

By Ron Fournier
July 11, 2015

The following is a faux memo, although its contents are based upon my interviews with people close to Hillary Clinton, including some I’ve known since my years covering the Clintons in Arkansas. These sources spoke on condition of anonymity because attempts to make their case directly to the Democratic front-runner and her campaign team were icily received. Like my December 2013 memo titled “You’re the Problem,” this represents their point of view.

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