Archive for October, 2015

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: New local coverage on high-profile court case

Justice scales key

Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 02:45 p.m.

Here’s the latest local newspaper coverage regarding an ongoing high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

By Steven Greenhut | Oct. 30, 2015 – 2:53 p.m.

  • Concealed report: Overruns, delays plague high-speed rail

Sacramento — One of the biggest problems with Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to battle climate change is the “do or die” nature of the situation. Based on his rhetoric, there’s little room for debate over costs, benefits, details and oversight. When the future of the Earth is at stake, then nothing else seems to matter. A new brouhaha over one of Brown’s signature anti-climate-change projects illustrates this situation.

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RNC

Noah Bierman
October 30, 2015

Republicans took their revenge today against what they called a presidential debate full of “inaccurate or downright offensive” questions by suspending a future session planned with NBC News.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: GOP Debates and the Race for the White House

Lou Desmond

Friday, October 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show, Ed Hoffman, owner of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show to talk about the GOP debate. Who were the winners and who were the losers? And speaking of losers, how do Republican voters feel about Jeb?

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No Debt

But a fourth, Eastvale, won’t get any relief from what it owes the county.

Published: Oct. 29, 2015 – 4:10 p.m.

Riverside County’s four newest cities have been told that a one-time, $23.7 million, infusion of state money will wipe out debts that Menifee, Wildomar and Jurupa Valley owe to the county.

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

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris is raising a lot of money for her Senate campaign, but she’s spending it at an unusually high rate. (Damian Dovarganes/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
October 29, 2015

  • The front-runner for seat is grappling with high overhead costs
  • Harris raised $1.8 million over the past quarter, but spent $1.4 million
  • Campaign says early investments are paying off

Democrat Kamala Harris is developing a spending problem that has nagged front-runners before her.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez is trailing Democratic rival Kamala Harris in her bid for the U.S. Senate, polls show. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 29, 2015

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the Democrat famous for bumping ultra-conservative GOP Rep. Robert “B-1 Bob” Dornan from office in Orange County two decades ago, may need a little Republican love next year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 29, 2015

  • State is in bottom tier of states in academic tests
  • Education establishment has excuses for failure
  • Underlying issue is using test results to grade teachers

The latest national academic tests tell us again that California’s public schools aren’t doing a very good job of educating more than 6 million youngsters.

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Amazon

Amazon aims to reduce its traditional two-day delivery to less than two hours, and has expanded its Prime Now delivery service to more than 15 major U.S. cities in less than a year.

Chris Kirkham
October 30, 2015

Taree Truong wore a uniform bearing Amazon’s logo, signed into an Amazon tracking device and was told by Amazon dispatchers to make deliveries for its new Prime Now courier service across far-flung parts of Orange County.

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Politico: Exclusive: GOP campaigns plot revolt against RNC

GOP Debate

The Sunday evening meeting comes after an eruption of complaints by the candidates about the debates.

By Alex Isenstadt
10/29/15 – 09:07 PM EDT
Updated 10/29/15 – 09:50 PM EDT

Republican presidential campaigns are planning to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening to plot how to alter their party’s messy debate process — and how to remove power from the hands of the Republican National Committee.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, October 29, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Brian Davision, who is running for city council in San Bernardino’s fifth ward. Why is he running, and what does he hope to accomplish for the city?

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GDP

Reuters
By Lucia Mutikani | Reuters
October 29, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the third quarter as businesses cut back on restocking warehouses to work off an inventory glut, but solid domestic demand could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December.

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Ontario International Airport

Published: Oct. 27, 2015 – 3:48 p.m.

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport increased 1.64 percent for September over the previous year. The Inland airport had 341,089 travelers last month, compared to 335,589 in September 2014.

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

Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Santa Clara University Law School’s recital hall on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo: Nathaniel Y. Downes, The Chronicle)

By Bob Egelko
October 28, 2015
Updated: October 29, 2015 – 6:46am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, widely viewed as the leader of the court’s dominant conservative bloc, told law students at Santa Clara University on Wednesday that he’s actually a dissident on a liberal court, one whose prevailing view threatens “the destruction of our democratic system.”

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California State University

A Cal State panel concluded that a reliance on state funding is no longer sufficient to expand enrollment, expedite the time it takes to earn a degree and pay for technology and facility upgrades.

Carla Rivera
October 2, 2015

  • Cal State panel proposes tuition hikes

The California State University system should institute tuition increases for California residents and out-of-state students, begin year-round academic schedules and provide campus funding based on graduation and other rates, a new panel suggests.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of The Reason Foundation.

First, they talk about an interesting occurrence in the San Bernardino City Council race. An email went out saying that the Redlands Tea Party Patriots was backing one of the candidates. But RTPP has never sent any communication. So what gives?

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/27/15 – 8:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Under the shadow of bankruptcy, good things are happening in San Bernardino, Mayor Carey Davis said at an hourlong talk Tuesday evening.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 27, 2015

  • New law aimed at using DMV to boost voter registration
  • Effects will be slow in coming and uncertain
  • Packing voter rolls could reduce turnout

Judging from Twitter traffic and other indices of political weather, Democratic activists are downright giddy about California’s new “motor voter” law.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

A B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber taxis to the runway at the Northrop Grumman Corp. facility in Palmdale in 2014. Northrop will build 80 to 100 new strategic bombers over the next decade. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Melody Petersen and W.J. Hennigan
October 27, 2015

Aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. won an intense four-year competition Tuesday to build the nation’s new fleet of stealth bombers, a project likely to create thousands of jobs in Southern California.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Special Announcement, Local Headlines

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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SBCO

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

The pile-on has started over the disclosure of the arrest of San Bernardino County’s Human Resources Director, and the subsequent lack of disclosure to the public and board of supervisors.

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Andrew Lamberto

Andrew Lamberto, left, director of human resources for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, William Foley, right, director and chief executive officer, address the board of supervisors during a hearing involving an injunction by Public Employment Relations Board on 60 key nursing positions at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Monday, December 8, 2014 in San Bernardino. (Staff File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/26/15 – 6:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county’s chief administrator waited too long in telling the Board of Supervisors that the county’s human resources head pleaded guilty to agreeing to engage in prostitution, the board’s chairman said Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 26, 2015

  • Building energy bill changed at last moment
  • Legislators not told before voting
  • Energy Commission reverses itself

Odd things happen during the final hours of any legislative session as hundreds of bills are processed in what one sage accurately termed a “sausage factory.”

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U.S. Capitol

House Republican leaders struck a budget deal with the White House just before midnight on Oct. 26 to avert a government shutdown and forestall a debt crisis.

By Kelsey Snell
October 27, 2015 at 1:30 AM

House Republican leaders introduced legislation just before midnight on Monday, finalizing a two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House. The introduction sets up a vote as early as Wednesday on the bipartisan budget deal which would increase military and domestic spending and avert a potentially catastrophic default in exchange for long-term spending cuts.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, October 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou today on the show. They discuss local members of congress and their ideas for the economy. Rep. Mark Takano says that it’s not moral for anyone who works to live in poverty. Then, Rep. Pete Aguilar has ideas for businesses. But will they work?

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SBCO

Monday, October 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

As much as San Bernardino County officials would like to believe to the contrary. Last week’s revelation of the public agency’s human resources director’s guilty plea to solicitation of prostitution has grown legs with Southern California media outlets.

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Scales of Justice

The vetoed SB 229 would have spent $5 million on 12 superior court judges, seven of whom likely would have come here.

Published: Oct. 23, 2015
Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s wait for justice — or its wait for more judges to be precise — continues after the governor’s veto of a bill that would have added judges to this area, which continues to suffer from a chronic shortage.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 25, 2015

  • California has many pending issues
  • Comprehensive approaches difficult
  • Politicians settle for patchwork

Were the El Niño phenomenon to actually generate copious rainstorms in California, it could create a dilemma for homeowners with elderly roofs – patch the leaks or spend big bucks for a new roof.

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Calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, October 26, 2015

Still underfunded after a $100 billion loss during the recession, CalPERS plans to slowly shift over decades to more conservative and lower-yielding investments, raising employer rates but reducing the risk of another financial bloodbath.

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Politico: GOP moneymen: Ryan a fundraising juggernaut

Paul Ryan

Politico

By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
10/25/15 – 01:10 PM EDT
Updated 10/25/15 05:14 PM EDT

  • His cash network will more than compensate for weekends at home, allies say.

Paul Ryan has been abundantly clear: As speaker of the House, he won’t spend all of his time jetting across the country to keep the National Republican Congressional Committee flush.

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Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell can’t afford to lose any more votes. | Getty

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
10/25/15 – 05:29 PM EDT

  • McConnell is having a hard time getting a simple-majority bill through the Senate.

Senate Republicans’ carefully-laid plans to use a powerful fast-track tool to send an Obamacare repeal to President Barack Obama is running into fresh resistance, with new opposition from high-profile conservatives and bubbling concerns from moderates.

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Foothill Freeway

The Foothill Freeway and Sunland Boulevard intersect at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, through which about 20 miles of tunnels will be required. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Ralph Vartabedian
October 24, 2015

  • Bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

The monumental task of building California’s bullet train will require punching 36 miles of tunnels through the geologically complex mountains north of Los Angeles.

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Campaigns

California Open Congressional Seats
Jean Merl
October 24, 2015

California so far has only three congressional contests without incumbents, and at least two — perhaps all three — appear likely to stay in Democratic hands next year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 24, 2015

  • California governor sees inconsistency as virtue
  • He displayed it again on this year’s bills
  • Brown even contradicted himself

Over his half-century as a practitioner of California politics, Jerry Brown has proved himself to be consistently inconsistent.

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judges-gavel

Maura Dolan
October 24, 201

Jurisprudence is no laughing matter.

Ramon Ochoa, 40, learned that lesson while appearing in Fresno before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill.

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Prime Healthcare

Stuart Pfeifer
October 24, 2015

Dr. Prem Reddy has frequently been criticized over his tough management, cost-cutting and reduced medical services at Prime Healthcare Services Inc., his fast-growing Ontario-based hospital chain.

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InlandPolitics: More on San Bernardino County government

Toad Squatting on Mushroom

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The latest debacle at the San Bernardino County Government Center shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

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InlandPolitics: Pacific Premier Bancorp continues climb

Pacific Premier Bank

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Pacific Premier Bancorp (Nasdaq: PPBI), the parent of Southern California-based Pacific Premier Bank, continues to grow, along with its share price.

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San Bernardino City Hall

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/15 – 7:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city at last has a letter from its independent audit firm on whether its financial statements are accurate, but Friday evening it still hadn’t received the full audit — two days after it was last promised, and more than a year and a half after the state deadline.

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calpers

CalPERS was a pioneer among public pension funds in investing in private real estate.

Dean Starkman
October 23, 2015

The Achilles’ heel of the vast CalPERS fund has been its real estate portfolio, but there are signs that the long-troubled segment is finally turning around.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County HR Director convicted of solicitation

SBCO

Friday, October 23, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

It appears San Bernardino County government, which has a penchant for sweeping dirty laundry under the rug, has been busy protecting its Human Resources Director.

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Politico: Insiders: Trump nomination looking more likely

Donald Trump

Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders say that the likelihood that Trump becomes their party’s nominee is higher today than it was a month ago.(Politico Illustration / Getty Images)

By Katie Glueck
10/23/15 – 05:12 AM EDT

The odds that Donald Trump wins the Republican presidential nomination are going up.

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Citizens Business Bank

The company is in an expansion mode, having just acquired an Oxnard-based bank

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 2:39 p.m.

  • Net income: $27.9 million
  • Year-over-year increase: $3.6 million, 14.78 percent
  • Loans and leases: Increased by $38 million, net of feees and discounts, 1 percent
  • Noninterest-bearing deposits: $3.30 billion, 55.46 percent of total deposits, increased by $54.4 million, 1.67 percent

CVB Financial Corp. and its subsidiary Citizens Business Bank just completed its second highest quarter of earnings on record, president and CEO Christopher Myers said Thursday in a conference call.

To read article by Fielding Buck in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Doug Shepard

Republican congressional candidate Doug Shepherd.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015- Updated: 9:53 a.m.

Rep. Mark Takano officially has a 2016 opponent.

Riverside Republican Doug Shepherd announced Thursday, Oct. 22, he would run against Takano, D-Riverside, for the right to represent the 41st Congressional District, which includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley. He’s already filed papers with the Federal Election Commission.

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

Randon Lane

Riverside County supervisor candidate and Murrieta Mayor Randon Lane.

Published: Oct. 21, 2015 – Updated: 1:20 p.m.

A candidate for Riverside County supervisor is getting support from an Indian tribe with a history of giving big and often to political campaigns and causes.

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

San Diego County Sheriff Beating

He files a $20 million lawsuit, saying he suffers lasting damage from a head injury inflicted during his arrest at a San Diego County casino hotel.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:52 p.m.

A Riverside man is seeking more than $20 million in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses San Diego County sheriff’s deputies of knocking him unconscious with a flashlight at Harrah’s resort near Valley Center in July.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drug

San Diego’s Imprimis has introduced a compounded drug that sells for far less than Daraprim from Turing Pharmaceuticals. — John Gastaldo

By Bradley J. Fikes | Oct. 22, 2015 | Updated 6:23 p.m.
San Diego’s Imprimis has introduced a compounded drug that sells for far less than Daraprim from Turing Pharmaceuticals.

  • Turing Pharmaceuticals raised price of AIDS/cancer drug by 5,000 percent

Turing Pharmaceuticals sparked nationwide outrage and government investigations when it raised the cost of a generic drug used for AIDS and cancer from $13.50 to $750 a capsule.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Judge consulted Edison on San Onofre deal

CPUC

Utilities commission says call was appropriate, critics say regulator is compromised.

By Jeff McDonald | Oct. 21, 2015 – 8:22 p.m.

As criticism mounted last year of a settlement deal that billed utility customers for 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of failure at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the state judge assigned to the case reached out to plant owner Southern California Edison.

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water-dam

Sarah D. Wire
October 21, 2015

The Republican members of California’s delegation are demanding a government plan to store the deluge of water that could come with El Niño this winter.

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Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Ryan, seeking unity in a place it’s rarely found, is telling House Republicans he will serve as their speaker only if they embrace him by week’s end as their consensus candidate. (Carolyn Kaster AP)

By William Douglas and Tori Whitley
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 21, 2015

  • Ryan wins GOP hard-liners’ backing for speaker of the House
  • Ryan meets with Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Committee
  • “Motion to vacate the chair” procedure a potential sticking point
  • Republican Study Committee expected to decide on Ryan Thursday

WASHINGTON —

The conditions have been laid out and the dates have been set. Now that Rep. Paul Ryan has spelled out his terms to run for House speaker, what will his Republican colleagues do?

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Ken White, a former military police officer and security consultant. They discuss three different law enforcement stories from this week. Among them, an officer who is helping at-risk youth by showing them what it is like to live in other parts of the world.

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InlandPolitics: Biden will not run

Joe Biden

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – 09:20 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will not seek the democratic nomination for President of the United States.

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city-of-riverside-seal

An outside attorney will review when and why procedures weren’t followed, after an audit of $19.4 million found lapses.

Published: Oct. 20, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Riverside officials will hire an independent attorney to look more deeply into how much of $19.4 million in legal spending failed to follow city procedures and who was responsible.

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

The Sun: Overdue San Bernardino audits expected Wednesday

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/20/15 – 5:00 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After more than a year of delays and suspicion, an audit of the city’s 2012-13 financial statements should be finished Wednesday and presented to the City Council and public Nov. 2, according to city staffers and the audit firm.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario City Council reviews airport deal

Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/20/15 – 10:04 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> A deal that in concept would transfer LA/Ontario International Airport to a local authority was presented to the City Council and was reviewed behind closed doors Tuesday night.

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Three Strikes

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative gained clearance Tuesday to seek signatures for a measure that would further roll back California’s three strikes law.

Paige St. John
October 20, 2015

The secretary of state’s office Tuesday gave the green light for supporters to collect signatures for a proposed ballot initiative that would further soften California’s three strikes law.

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calpers

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
October 20, 2015

  • Governor wants fund to cut risk more quickly
  • CalPERS worries about squeezing member agencies
  • Buffering market volatility at core of plan

CalPERS is about to implement a new investment policy that will reduce risks and future profitability. But the giant pension fund is being urged by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, and some of CalPERS’ own board members, to dial back those risks more quickly.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Dr. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. Last night the trailer for the new Star Wars film was shown at halftime of Monday Night Football. What Does Lou think?

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SBCO

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Remember the name Samuel Clauder? It’s the name of a poor gentleman who was arrested in 2009 and charged with possession of child pornography.

The only problem? He didn’t do it.

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Justice scales key

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 02:00 p.m.

There’s been more local news coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County court case.

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Polling

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Establishment efforts to derail GOP candidate Donald Trump appear to be having the opposite effect.

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Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Monday, October 19, 2015 – Updated 10:00 p.m.

Congressional action prohibits federal drug enforcers from shutting medical marijuana dispensaries that comply with state law, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday in a potentially precedent-setting case.

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Health Insurance Rates

By Stacy Cowley
October 19, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — When Billy Sewell began offering health insurance this year to 600 service workers at the Golden Corral restaurants that he owns, he wondered nervously how many would buy it. Adding hundreds of employees to his plan would cost him more than $1 million — a hit he wasn’t sure his low-margin business could afford.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, October 19, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag. They discuss sports and its ability to unite the American people. Also, how will the end of the Michigan vs. Michigan State game be remembered?

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InlandPolitics: Like we said: Sheriff can’t buy good luck

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Monday, October 19, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is in legal cross-hairs yet again.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, center, surrounded by firefighters and first responders, speaks at a news conference at Cowboy Camp Trailhead during the Rocky fire in August. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Paige St. John
October 18, 2015

The ash of the Rocky fire was still hot when Gov. Jerry Brown strode to a bank of television cameras beside a blackened ridge and, flanked by firefighters, delivered a battle cry against climate change.

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California Highway

Democrats and Republicans alike want to fix California’s dilapidated streets, highways and bridges, but there’s not enough support for the higher taxes that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to pay for it. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Megerian
October 18, 2015

A little more than a year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown was touting an outbreak of bipartisanship in the Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties backed crucial deals on water and state finances — “a high point in our work together,” the governor said.

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New York Post: The plot against Donald Trump

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question from audience member Lauren Batchelder at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire October 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question from audience member Lauren Batchelder at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire October 12, 2015. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

By Michael Walsh
October 17, 2015 | 2:40pm

Back in the days of Richard Nixon and Watergate, Donald Segretti had a word for it.

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Fox News

Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

It was bound to happen at some point.

Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly has taken a hit over her battle with GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino Government Split into Three

San Bernardino Seal

IE Business Daily
By Inland Empire Business Daily
September 26, 2015

September 21st’s San Bernardino City Council meeting was illustrative of the continuing divide developing at city hall.

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Money

Published: Oct. 16, 2015 – Updated: 2:37 p.m.

The latest congressional fundraising totals are rolling in. And not surprisingly, the incumbents are rolling in it.

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

Ray Musser

In this file photo, Mayor Ray Musser delivers the State of the City at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland on March 19. (File photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/15/15 – 9:56 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A resident is claiming Mayor Ray Musser got him removed from his volunteer role with the Upland Chamber of Commerce because he backed the recall effort against the city leader.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport ownership deal on track

Ontario International Airport

On Friday, a $250 million settlement agreement for Ontario International Airport was completed.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/15 – 1:29 PM PDT |

ONTARIO — Ten weeks after a press conference at LA/Ontario International Airport announcing a deal to return the airport to local control, an agreement spelling out the terms has been completed.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Friday, October 16, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

Don’t be fooled by the new California jobs report out Friday that shows statewide unemployment falling below six percent for the first time in nearly a decade. The state added almost no jobs last month – and 125,000 people stopped looking for work.

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LASO Badge

By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

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Politico: Donald Trump’s building a long-term operation

Donald Trump

His campaign has developed the infrastructure to put up a real fight in the earliest primaries and beyond.

Politico

By Ben Schreckinger
10/16/15 – 08:23 PM EDT

Donald Trump’s eccentric presidential run is looking more like a standard campaign every day.

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Politico Magazine: The Quiet Power Behind the Trump Throne

Donald Trump + Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is her father’s most influential adviser, his most powerful surrogate—and his total opposite.

Politico Magazine

The Politico Mag Profile

By Michael D’Antonio
October 15, 2015

You will not find a wall adorned with framed magazine covers in Ivanka Trump’s office. For that sort of thing you’ll have to visit her father, who can look up from his desk and see himself beaming down from Time and Playboy.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, October 16, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) speaks during a news conference at the California Democratic Party’s 2015 convention in Anaheim in May. She reported raising almost $1 million for her 2016 Senate bid. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Phil Willon
October 15, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez reported raising almost $1 million in contributions this year for her U.S. Senate campaign, well behind the $6 million that her chief Democratic rival, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, has collected for the race, according to financial filings released Thursday.

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US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 10/15/2015 – 11:44:06 AM PDT

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected to receive average or above-average rainfall this winter.

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Joe Biden

Vice President Biden reacts to reporters’ questions about whether he will run for president. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Dan Balz and Paul Kane
October 16 at 2:23 AM

Democrats loyal to Vice President Biden have a three-word response to the politicians and pundits who say Hillary Clinton’s performance in Tuesday’s Democratic debate makes a Biden campaign less likely: Not so fast.

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The Hill: Trump, Carson threaten to boycott next GOP debate

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar and Bradford Richardson
October 15, 2015, 02:20 pm

Donald Trump and Ben Carson are threatening to skip the next Republican presidential debate unless the format is changed.

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InlandPolitics: Trump: You can add Connecticut and Virginia to the list

Polls

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

We’ve been talking about how national polling in the GOP presidential primary contest is somewhat irrelevant at this early stage, and it is.

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Appellate Courts

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The following are links to local newspaper coverage of a Wednesday appeals court ruling involving a high-profile San Bernardino County legal case:

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Seventy-Five percent of San Bernardino County residents still see financial outlook as only ‘fair’ or ‘poor.’

Published: Oct. 14, 2015 – 4:25 p.m.

San Bernardino County residents’ outlook for the local economy has improved since the Great Recession, but their views for the county as a good and safe place to live have fallen over the same period, a telephone poll of residents concludes.

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