Archive for November, 2015

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County 1st District contest already a circus

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood already has four interested challengers.

Monday, November 30, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The race to de-throne San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is already in full swing and, from the looks of things, it’s going to be a circus.

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange (Sam Gangwer/Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
Nov. 29, 2015 – Updated 12:00 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s campaign for U.S. Senate is showing signs of expanding its base beyond Southern California, giving frontrunner Kamala Harris, the state’s attorney general, reason to keep an eye on the rear-view mirror.

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Dan Walters

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

  • Bankruptcies and scandals showed danger
  • Pension burdens one major factor
  • Auditor to monitor local governments

The bankruptcies of three cities and high-profile financial scandals in a couple of others demonstrated the operational vulnerabilities of California’s municipalities.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County union missteps impact collective bargaining

Dunce

Sunday, November 29, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With neighboring Los Angeles County handing 36-month contracts containing 10-percent across-the-board salary increases for employees, certain San Bernardino County employee unions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation to say the least.

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The Hill

By Jonathan Swan
November 29, 2015, 07:00 am

When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: “I would probably go find a deserted island.”

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Pension shortfall approaches $2 billion

SBCO

Saturday, November 28, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Even though San Bernardino County, California has been ponying up tens of millions of dollars more in annual pension contributions each of the past several years, the funding situation hasn’t significantly changed.

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Dave Jones

In November 2014, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson laughs with Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at Dickinson’s campaign headquarters. Jones is a 2018 candidate for attorney general.(Brian Baer/sacbeephotos@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 27, 2015

  • Jones has raised $67,000 since Oct. 1 announcement
  • Voters re-elected Jones to a second term last November
  • Jones, Republican Michael Ramos only announced candidates

The election is three years away, but Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ campaign for attorney general already has amassed tens of thousands of dollars and locked up dozens of endorsements.

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InlandPolitics: Settlement talks requested in sheriff civil rights lawsuit

Court Filings

Friday, November 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A civil rights lawsuit filed by four African-American women, arising from an alleged altercation at an Adelanto, California Del Taco Restaurant appears headed to settlement discussions.

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The Hill: GOP in panic over Trump

Donald Trump

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The Hill

By Niall Stanage
11/27/15 – 06:00 AM EST

The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.

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Dan Walters

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

  • Financial, managerial problems plague system
  • Rebel judges battle with judicial leaders
  • Ability of courts to function threatened

There’s nothing more fundamental to a well-functioning society than an efficient, fair court system to resolve civil disputes and criminal cases.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

California Supreme Court

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

There’s new coverage of recent developments in a long-running high-profile San Bernardino County legal case.

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Amazon

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/24/15 – 4:51 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Online retail giant Amazon quietly began warehousing operations out of its sixth California-based e-commerce fulfillment center in Rialto earlier this month.

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Dan Walters

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

  • California borrowed $10 billion for unemployment insurance
  • Taxes on employers raised to repay big debt
  • However, insurance fund still insolvent

When Jerry Brown returned to the governorship in 2011, he pledged to clean up the state’s finances and pay off a “wall of debt.”

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Bar Exam

Jason Song
December 25, 2015

For the second year in a row, the percentage of people who successfully took the summer California bar exam fell to a historic low, with less than 47% passing, according to state statistics. Last year, only 48.6% of those who took the exam made the grade, the first time the passage rate dipped below half in nearly a decade.

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Money

Joseph Tanfani and Maloy Moore
November 25, 2015

Before he entered the race for the White House, Ben Carson signed on to a campaign to raise money to fight Obamacare. When Juanita McMillon saw his name, she was eager to get out her checkbook.

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The Hill: Obstacles imperil budget deal

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 11/25/15 06:01 AM EST

Congressional leaders face several hurdles to getting a budget deal done by the Dec. 11 deadline, including a fight over health funding that is holding up the omnibus spending package.

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Moreno Valley seal

Council members who approved the project in August again affirm their support. Two other council members, George Price and LaDonna Jempson, sought an election, but joined the majority, noting they lacked support.

Published: Nov. 24, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Three ballot initiatives aimed at protecting the World Logistics Center from environmental legal challenges won’t actually go to Moreno Valley voters.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Cell Phone

Even though smartphones have become necessities and a crucial component of the digital economy, they’re still taxed in large part as a luxury item. (Georgijevic / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

David Lazarus
November 24, 2015

The good news: Thanks to increased competition, wireless companies’ rates have dropped nearly 7% since 2008.

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Calpers

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Bloomberg Business

Alison Vekshin
November 24, 2015 — 8:17 AM PST
Updated on November 24, 2015 — 9:15 AM PST

Private-equity firms reaped $3.4 billion in profit sharing for investing on behalf of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System since 1990, the sort of gains that have led to debate over why Wall Street pays lower taxes than most American workers.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump’s simplistic effective campaign message

Chess Board

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump continues to defy the self-proclaimed political establishment experts.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Building funds are being eaten up by Indio detention center.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated: 8:59 p.m.

If you compared Riverside County’s ability to build new public facilities to a credit card, it would be almost maxed out.

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

Moreno Valley seal

The City Council could call for an election or approve the initiatives themselves Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 Updated: 10:57 p.m.

Three initiatives that could insulate the World Logistics Center from lawsuits have qualified for the ballot, Moreno Valley’s City Clerk said Monday, Nov. 23.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Settlement

By Lou Ponsi / Staff Writer
Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated 12:11 p.m.

A $4.9 million settlement has been reached in the Kelly Thomas wrongful-death civil suit against Fullerton and current and former police officers, attorneys announced Monday just hours before the civil case was to begin.

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Donald Trump

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Billionaire Candidate Donald Trump has, once again, resumed in ascent in new polling.

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Jerry Brown

Brown

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Not that I agree with California Governor Jerry Brown on much.

But he’s correct regarding the fix to the under-funding problem affecting the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

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San Bernardino Seal

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It sure appears as if San Bernardino still can’t get out of its own way.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 22, 2015

  • California continues to see strong revenue gains
  • Jerry Brown wants to build rainy-day reserves
  • Other Democrats have spending plans in mind

As the Great Recession gripped California, state revenues plummeted by 20 percent and Capitol politicians and major stakeholders battled over which programs would take the hits.

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Daily Press: Interim city manager appointed to Hesperia

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Johnson will fill in as Council continues search for Podegracz’s replacement

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: Nov. 21, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — The city has found a temporary replacement for Mike Podegracz as it continues its search for a new city manager.

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Kamala Harris

The Hill

By Amie Parnes and Jonathan Swan
November 21, 2015 – 03:46 pm

Turmoil and lackluster funding in California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s Senate campaign has some Democratic operatives wondering what’s gone wrong.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Friday, November 20, 2015 – 1:00 pm

Donald Trump is like a contagion who infects everyone around him. Once you’ve kissed, you can never wipe off his saliva. Consider the venerable (in its own view) NBC. This year, the network fired Trump, only to find it is Trump Lite.

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Los Angeles Times: Kamala Harris cleared in state ethics inquiry

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is pictured at an event in Los Angeles in September, has been cleared by the FPPC. Harris was cleared after cutting a $10,245 check back to the gift-or, after an inquiry was opened. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
November 20, 2015

A state ethics agency has determined that California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris did not violate state laws when she received gifts from a company owned by San Francisco interior designer Ken Fulk.

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Voter Guide

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 20, 2015

  • California has 4.2 million voters with no party preference
  • Campaigns paid about $200,000 last cycle for slate mailers aimed at independent voters

A shrinking share of California’s 17.7 million voters have a party affiliation, a situation that has helped foster a niche industry of campaign literature tailored to voters without a party preference.

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Orange County Sheriff

By Kelly Puente and Tony Saavedra / Staff Writers
Nov. 19, 2015
Updated Nov. 20, 2015 – 12:36 p.m.

After four sheriff’s deputies refused to testify in court on grounds of self-incrimination, an Orange County judge on Wednesday granted a new trial for a gang member convicted of murder.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Nov. 19, 2015
Updated Nov. 22, 2015 – 3:56 a.m.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday blasted a letter by more than three dozen former prosecutors and legal heavy-hitters calling for a federal investigation into the use of jailhouse informants as ill-timed and ill informed.

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Pay Raise

Abby Sewell
November 20, 2015

Workers represented by Los Angeles County’s largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years.

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unemployment down

Chris Kirkham
November 20, 2015

California employers added 41,200 net jobs in October, a significant increase from more sluggish growth reported a month earlier, according to data released Friday.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/15 – 6:48 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker confirmed at a neighborhood meeting Thursday that he would be leaving Dec. 31, after a closed session vote to offer him $221,976 in severance pay in exchange for his resignation from a position that had become increasingly fractious.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s disappointment over the CalPERS plans hints at a larger tug of war between him and the state employee unions. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
November 19, 2015

  • Jerry Brown disagrees with the new CalPERS pay-down plan

If there is one thing that Gov. Jerry Brown has made a calling card since returning to office in 2011, it’s a push toward paying down government debt.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Rex Dalton
November 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A coalition of national legal authorities is calling for a federal investigation of the Orange County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department for alleged systemic violations of defendants’ rights involving jail informants.

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NFL

Los Angeles has had several sites proposed for an NFL stadium over the years, yet the nation’s second-largest city is still without a team.

Sam Farmer
November 19, 2015

The clock is winding down on the likelihood of the NFL’s return to Los Angeles by the 2016 season, and the situation is as murky as ever.

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El Nino

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter. (Photo: Alexander, Kurtis L)

By Kurtis Alexander
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Updated 9:12 pm

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter.

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ObamaCare

Health insurer UnitedHealth cut its earnings forecast, citing hits it expects to take from public insurance exchanges.

Chad Terhune
November 19, 2015

Industry giant UnitedHealth has warned it may quit selling Obamacare coverage across the country, raising questions about an expansion in California.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Lisa Mascaro
November 19, 2015

Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terrorist attacks, House Republicans — joined by many Democrats — rebuffed President Obama on Thursday and overwhelmingly approved legislation that would in effect halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S.

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The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO: Layoff notices given at Wells Fargo

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Workers in asset management and preservation were told their jobs would be eliminated in mid-January.

Published: Nov. 18, 2015 – Updated: 7:31 p.m.

Wells Fargo Bank has warned more than 100 employees in an operating unit of a San Bernardino office of its intention to eliminate their staff positions in January.

To read article by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/15 – 9:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Allen Parker’s last day as city manager will be Dec. 31, after the City Council agreed Monday to modify his contract to include a year’s severance pay in exchange for his resignation, according to a source who was in the room for the closed-session vote.

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calpers

For years, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has estimated its investments will earn an average of 7.5% or more a year. Now it plans to slowly reduce that rate to 6.5%.

Melody Petersen
November 18, 2015

The board of California’s largest public pension fund approved a plan Wednesday to lower its estimate of future investment returns — a move that will require taxpayers to pay billions of dollars more than expected over the next decades.

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LAO

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 18, 2015

  • Legislature’s fiscal analyst assumes continuing economic growth
  • Projected revenue through June 2016 about $3.5 billion more than budget projection
  • Gov. Jerry Brown will present proposed 2016-17 spending plan in January

California’s economic engine will continue to hum in the coming years, allowing the state to ring up a series of multibillion-dollar budget surpluses and build rainy-day reserves, the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst projected Wednesday.

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The Hill: Trump rises in wake of Paris attacks

The Hill

By Niall Stanage – 11/19/15 06:00 AM EST

Donald Trump has gained political strength since the Paris terrorist attacks last Friday, according to most of the polls released in the aftermath.

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federal reserve

Jim Puzzanghera
November 18, 2015

Most Federal Reserve policymakers believe next month could be the right time to nudge up a key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade, according to minutes of their last meeting.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Current spending unsustainable, report warns

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Officials say the county’s $239M in savings could be exhausted if changes aren’t made

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:47 p.m.

If nothing is done, Riverside County’s $239 million in savings could be wiped out in a few years, according to a new county budget report.

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

Kamala Harris

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to California Democrats at the California Democratic Party’s convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
November 17, 2015

  • Announcement comes after heavy spending in recent months

U.S. Senate frontrunner Kamala Harris is changing campaign managers and making moves to reduce costs, her campaign said Tuesday, after unusually heavy spending in recent months.

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CalPERS

Melody Petersen
Novembe 17, 2015

Experts have warned for years that the state’s largest public pension plan has overestimated how much its investments will earn, leaving taxpayers to pay billions of dollars more than expected.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 17, 2015

  • De León, Brown tout carbon reduction as economic benefit
  • However, the connection is tenuous
  • The state’s economy remains relatively lethargic

Kevin de León, the state Senate’s president pro tem, has been making his way slowly to a global conference on climate change in Paris next month.

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The Wall Street Journal: Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave

Donald Trump

Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working-class.

By William A. Galston
Nov. 17, 2015 – 6:34 p.m. ET

The biggest surprise of the presidential election so far is the emergence and persistent strength of Donald Trump. Although Ben Carson is remarkable in many respects, he is the latest iteration of a familiar figure in Republican primary campaigns: the favored candidate of conservative evangelicals.

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Reuters

Politics | Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:07pm EST

WASHINGTON | By Ginger Gibson

American voters are evenly split between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as their top choice to address the issue of terrorism following the Paris attacks, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

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World Logistics Center

They file 48,000 signatures for ballot measures to fight challenges to the proposed World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – Updated: 10:23 p.m.

Supporters of the World Logistics Center turned in about 48,000 signatures Monday for three ballot initiatives aimed at thwarting legal challenges to a 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex that would transform the city’s eastern side.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino approves outsourcing with Burrtec

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/15 – 12:42 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After years of uncertainty going back at least to the first month of bankruptcy when the city started moving forward with outsourcing its refuse services, 72 city employees learned Monday night who their new employer will be: Burrtec.

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Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

  • Eastvale voted to sue Riverside County on a 5-0 vote Monday night, Nov. 16.

The Eastvale City Council announced Monday night, Nov. 16, that it intends to file a lawsuit against Riverside County involving a bill that provided for debt relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

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

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris this month submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court encouraging it to “allow public universities to consider race as one factor among many in admissions decisions.” (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 16, 2015

  • 1996 measure outlawed affirmative action for college, government actions
  • Issue now before U.S. Supreme Court as it considers Texas case
  • State attorney general urges court to uphold affirmative action, despite her state’s stance

Proposition 209, passed by California voters in 1996, bars race, ethnicity or gender preferences in hiring, college admissions and other governmental actions.

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Jerry Brown

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
November 16, 2015

  • Statement comes after Paris violence prompts backlash
  • Numerous U.S. governors push back on resettlement plan
  • Brown pledges ‘everything in our power to protect the people of our state’

Breaking with other governors who have warned that admitting Syrian refugees would undermine American security, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday advocated preserving “America’s traditional role as a place of asylum” but stressed the need for thorough vetting.

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calpers

Though CalPERS has acknowledged private equity’s problems, including high fees and murky disclosure, its record of generating higher returns over time than it does in public stocks has made it an indispensable part of the portfolio, officials said.

Dean Starkman Dean Starkman
November 16, 2015

The nation’s largest public pension fund would have endured lower returns and higher volatility over the years had it not invested in private equity, even with its high fees and added risks, experts testified Monday.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles is hoping the coming rains expected from El Niño will help alleviate some of the damage of the drought. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad
November 16, 2015

As experts continue to predict a wet winter because of El Niño, California officials continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to easing water conservation measures amid the state’s four-year drought.

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Anonymous

By Jeff Parsons
November 16, 2015 – 12:54

The global hacktivist group has threatened to intercept and close down ISIS online communications and accounts

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Healthcare

The Fiscal Times

By Eric Pianin
November 16, 2015

First, the administration revealed that enrollments for Obamacare next year will barely hit 10 million, far below previous projections.

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The Weekly Standard: Huma: Hillary ‘Often Confused’

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The Weekly Standard

By Daniel Halper
Nov 16, 2015 • 11:31 AM

In new State Department emails obtained by Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton’s close personal aide, Huma Abedin, is seen warning another aide that Clinton is “often confused.”

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Scales of Justice

Monday, November 16, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

Three highly-publicized long-running San Bernardino County criminal prosecutions will see 2016, and likely beyond for that matter.

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Paul Ryan

Representative Paul Ryan leaves a House Republican Conference meeting on Oct. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington. (Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Kasia Klimasinska
November 15, 2015 — 4:00 PM PST

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. without gaining citizenship, and that he doesn’t believe mass deportation, an idea promoted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, is feasible.

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Inland Empire Business Daily: Immigration Reform: A Eulogy

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By Inland Empire Business Daily
November 14, 2015

Nine months ago Political Whispers declared immigration reform dead. President Obama’s executive amnesty was the final nail in the coffin that ended any ability for a compromise in this congress or future congresses.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump; the hard line he and other GOP presidential candidates are taking on immigration does not bode well for the party’s chances in California.

Cathleen Decker
November 14, 2015

As Donald Trump and other Republicans talked tough on illegal immigration during last week’s presidential debate, an exasperated Jeb Bush noted that Hillary Clinton’s campaign aides were, right then, exchanging high-fives.

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Diablo Canyon

Jearl Strickland, director of technical services at the Diablo Canyon plant, has worked on it since before it opened. (Photo: Nancy Pastor, for The SF Chronicle)

By David R. Baker
November 14, 2015
Updated: November 14, 2015 –  7:22pm

AVILA BEACH, San Luis Obispo County — California’s largest power plant churns out enough electricity for 1.7 million homes, yet pumps no greenhouse gases into the sky. Unlike the wind farms and solar plants spreading across the state, its output doesn’t vary hour by hour, day or night. It needs little land and less fuel.

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Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Fredrick Jefferson at the home in Corona where he is staying. Jefferson 46, is among millions of Californians who lost their driver’s licenses because of unpaid traffic fines. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Lee Romney
November 14, 2015

Heavy equipment mechanic Fredrick Jefferson said it was when a supervisor fired him that he learned his driver’s license had been revoked because of unpaid traffic fines.

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SBCO

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Local radio and newspaper outlets continue to cover the saga of former San Bernardino County Human Resources Andrew Lamberto.

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Fox News Debate

From left to right. Ohio Governor John Kasich, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Business Executive Donald Trump, Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on stage at the Fox Business Channel/WSJ republican debate on Tuesday, November 10.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The horrific images of the coordinated terror attacks in Paris, on Friday, have placed border and immigration control front and center in the republican presidential campaign.

As if the issue wasn’t already there.

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Reuters

Politics | Fri Nov 13, 2015 – 4:35pm EST
WASHINGTON | By James Oliphant

After a week in which he hosted Saturday Night Live and stood center-stage at a Republican debate, Donald Trump is surging among Republicans likely to cast votes in the party’s presidential primary.

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Facebook Safety Check

Facebook activated its “Safety Check” tool on Friday night to let users check on friends and family in Paris. Photo: Screenshot Of Facebook.com

By Julie Balise
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Updated 5:36 pm

  • Facebook activated its “Safety Check” tool on Friday night to let users check on friends and family in Paris.

Facebook activated its Safety Check tool on Friday, after at least 100 people died in terror attacks across Paris.

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Orange County Register

A bidding war may be emerging for the Orange County Register. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Khouri
November 14, 2015

Another bidder appears to be lining up for Freedom Communications, the owner of the Orange County Register that filed for bankruptcy last week.

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Wind Turbines (Getty Images)

Wind turbines. (Getty Images)

By Neil Derry
Posted: 11/13/15 – 1:25 PM PST |

The state of California has embarked on a 25-year green power odyssey in an effort to reduce the amount of carbon we place into the atmosphere, all aimed at leading the world in an anti-climate change crusade for humanity.

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The Sun: Former Victorville councilwoman sues employer, alleges retaliation

Angela Valles

Angela Valles

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15, 10:22 AM PST |

Outspoken former Victorville Councilwoman Angela Valles is suing her employer, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, alleging her colleagues have retaliated against her and demoted her because of her continued efforts to expose government corruption.

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lawsuit

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/15 – 12:34 PM PST |

The parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man, beaten to death by his cell mate at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County and the captain of the jail.

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Daily Press: Former Baca staff member picking up the pieces

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Samuel Clauder sues county after being cleared of child porn charge.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Updated Nov 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — A former Congressional staffer exonerated of possessing child pornography will speak to reporters Friday outside sheriff’s headquarters here as he recovers property seized by authorities from his home during the criminal investigation.

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Ballot Measures

AP California News

By Juliet Williams
Associated Press
Nov 12, 2015 – 6:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two well-known Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state’s high-speed rail project to build water storage.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

By Brian Melley
Associated Press
November 12, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s death penalty survived a legal challenge Thursday when a federal appeals court reversed a lower court ruling that had found it was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.

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Los Angeles Times

Tribune Publishing, the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, said Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, it expects a buyout offer to cut its staff by 7 percent. Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co. owns 11 major daily newspapers.

By Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer
Posted: 11/12/15 – 10:03 AM PST |

The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers says it expects a buyout offer to cut its staff by 7 percent.

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El Nino

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:09 AM PST
Updated: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:20 AM PST

Bone-dry California remains on track to get a drenching this winter from the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, federal scientists said in new projections released Thursday.

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