Archive for January, 2016

Bloomberg: How Trump Carved Up Cruz’s Support in Weeks Before Iowa Caucus

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

New data from the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll, and interviews with the candidates’ campaign managers, shed light on the clash that could decide the Monday’s winner.


Bloomberg Politics

Joshua Green and Sahil Kapur
January 31, 2016 — 9:09 AM PST

Over the last several weeks, the story of the Iowa caucuses has become the battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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The newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is escorted by Chief Justice John Roberts, as they step outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, for photos following an investiture ceremony with their colleagues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.

The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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Cheryl Brown

Saxophonist Eddie M dances with Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a Sheila E. concert on the Capitol steps hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus on June 17, 2015. (Andrew Seng / The Sacramento Bee file)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
January 30, 2016 3:23 PM

  • Assemblywoman receives 80 percent of pre-endorsement vote from local Democratic delegates
  • Brown faces controversial challenge from fellow Democrat after vote on climate change bill last session
  • In another intraparty fight, longtime Rep. Mike Honda narrowly fails to win pre-endorsement

Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention.

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Primary Schedule - 2016


By Jessica Calefati
Posted: 01/30/2016 – 01:24:46 PM PST

After months of nonstop cable TV chatter and a political story line worthy of an Aaron Sorkin parallel universe, it’s finally time for the country to start picking its presidential nominees. But this time might be different — Californians’ votes could really count for the first time in decades.

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The Sentinel: Ramos’s Quashing Of Grand Jury Probes Seen As Obstruction Of Justice

San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Mark Gutglueck
Saturday, January 30, 2016

County civil grand jurors who have taken up investigations deemed highly problematic for top elected officials, senior county staff members and department heads and the county itself have been forced to drop those lines of inquiry and threatened with prosecution if they persist in exploring those issues, the Sentinel is informed.

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MarketWatch: U.S. GDP fizzles in the fourth quarter


By Jeffry Bartash, Reporter
Published: Jan 29, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Growth tapers off as consumers, businesses cut back
  • Exports were a drag on growth throughout 2015.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The economy bogged down at the end of 2015, raising questions about whether U.S. growth is losing momentum.

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Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.

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A new batch of just over 900 messages released Friday contains 11 deemed ‘secret’.

By Josh Gerstein and Rachael Bade
Published: 01/29/16 – 03:27 PM EST
Updated: 01/29/16 – 08:39 PM EST

The furor over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account grew more serious for the Democratic presidential front-runner Friday as the State Department designated 22 of the messages from her account “top secret.”

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William Bailey

Riverside Mayor William Rusty Bailey speaks during his State of the City Address, on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016. (David Bauman – Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 28, 2016
Updated: Jan. 29, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Speech highlights tech, jobs plans and infrastructure projects.

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Acquanetta Warren

During her State of the City speech, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren said that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the growth of the city. (Photo by Jim Steinberg)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:54 PM PST |

FONTANA >> Mayor Acquanetta Warren said Thursday that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the city of more than 204,000 residents.

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City of Industry

City of Industry City Council closes their council meeting after a closed session on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The state controller’s audit concludes “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” over the past decade in the City of Industry. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, LA Daily News
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:19 AM PST |

The state’s top fiscal officer has audited the city of Industry and concluded “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” in the city over the past decade.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
January 28, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Kamala Harris silent as Legislature weighs sports betting
  • It should be a bedrock issue for an attorney general’s input
  • Her passivity raises doubts about her being a U.S. senator

California’s attorney general has responsibilities and powers second only to those of the governor, and the office’s occupant is always in position to climb the political ladder.

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Solar panels

By David R. Baker
January 28, 2016
Updated: January 28, 2016 – 3:44pm

The solar industry scored a major victory Thursday when a divided California Public Utilities Commission voted to keep largely intact the system that compensates solar homeowners for excess electricity that they place on the grid.

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The Sun: San Bernardino gets $148 parcel tax, fire outsourcing

San Bernardino Seal

Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to move forward Wednesday with the city of San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/16 – 11:09 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at Stanford University on Tuesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 27, 2016

Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release.

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The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
January 27, 2016 11:12 AM

  • The state’s unfunded liability grew, but more slowly than expected

California faces a $74.1 billion obligation to cover state retirees’ medical expenses over the next three decades, according to a new report released by state Controller Betty Yee.

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InlandPolitics: Trump-Fox News Feud Highlights Need for Fox News Alternative

Fox News Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

The ongoing dust-up between GOP front runner Donald Trump and Fox News is highlighting the schism that is developing between Fox News and its conservative viewers.

After Fox News put out a childish and unprofessional press release mocking Trump and his concerns about the impartiality of debate moderator Megyn Kelly, he announced he would boycott the Thursday’s debate. The network then spent the entirety of Tuesday night lampooning Trump and attempting to stake out the moral high ground.

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5-0 votes pave way for massive housing development

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 10:54 PM

HESPERIA — During a boisterous and historic public meeting, a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall watched as the City Council voted to approve the massive Tapestry Project on Tuesday night.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 26, 2016 5:09 PM

  • PUC president made secret deal on nuke plant shutdown
  • San Diego attorney hunts for connection to governor
  • Judge’s ruling could force Brown to make disclosures

Jerry Brown distances himself from embarrassing situations in the state government he ostensibly commands, never adopting Harry Truman’s “the buck stops here” attitude.

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Snow People

Snow people were close by as the California Department of Water Resources collected samples during the first snow survey of the season, at Phillips Station, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. (Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

By Peter Fimrite
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Updated 4:04 pm

The heavens have opened up this winter and are dumping gobs of snow on the Sierra Nevada.

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InlandPolitics: The Big Mo! – Trump juggernaut continues


Tuesday, January 26, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Trump train has left the station and it’s gaining steam.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 25, 2016 | Updated – 5:05 p.m.

  • Ruling: Utilities commission won’t get last word on withholding San Onofre emails

A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Monday rejected the California Public Utilities Commission’s request to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at forcing regulators to release dozens of emails to and from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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Standard & Poor's

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Jan 25, 2016 – 2:27pm PST

Standard & Poor’s, one of the nation’s top three credit ratings services, has forecast another year of economic growth for the California economy. But in a report released Monday, the agency also warned that the growth may soon end.

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Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. talk over each other during the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 25, 2016 – Updated 8:15 pm

When Bernie Sanders hits rival Hillary Clinton for taking humongous speaking fees from big banks — notably the $675,000 Goldman Sachs paid her for three speeches while she eyed the Oval Office — he struck Clinton’s Achilles’ heel. Both the former secretary of state and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have cashed in since they left the White House in 2000. The New York Times reported last year that the Clintons earned $139 million from 2007 to 2014. The Clintons’ focus on accumulating wealth clouds their judgment.

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The Hill: Seven-day sprint to Iowa



The Hill

By Niall Stanage
01/25/16 – 06:00 AM EST

The 2016 presidential candidates are entering the final sprint to the Iowa caucuses, which take place one week from today.

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Daily Press: Council expected to vote on Tapestry Tuesday


By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 24, 2016 at 1:05 PM

HESPERIA — After a year of discussion and debate by the public, the City Council is finally expected to vote on the proposed Tapestry project on Tuesday at City Hall.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 24, 2016 – 9:02 AM

  • Jerry Brown wants to sock away extra billions
  • Democratic legislators want to spend extra billions
  • Governor warns that reserves needed to cushion recession

The single most important factor in writing a new state budget is determining how much money there is to spend.

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InlandPolitics: Sunday polling dump has Trump up big in all early voting states

Donald Trump

New polling data suggests that Billionaire GOP Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump is building new momentum in early voting states, including Iowa.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

A large polling data release on Sunday morning has GOP Front-runner Donald Trump fully in the lead in all early voting states.

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San Bernardino Seal

Those who have filed claims against the city would receive 1 percent of what they’re owed under the insolvency proposal

Published: Jan. 22, 2016
Updated:   Jan. 23, 2016 – 9:06 p.m.

The city of San Bernardino hopes that a provision of its bankruptcy-exit plan will erase more than $49 million from the books by allowing it to pay only 1 percent – $500,000 – to its unsecured creditors.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Inland Empire

In December, unemployment in Inland Southern California dropped below 6 percent for the first time since the recession, according to figures released by the state.

Published: Jan. 22, 2016 – 3:58 p.m.

For the first time since the recession, the Inland unemployment rate dropped below the 6 percent figure, hitting 5.9 percent for December in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area.

To read Staff Report in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 23, 2016 – 9:55 AM

  • California ended 2015 with employment gain
  • Yet recovery from recession has been uneven
  • High-skill and low-skill jobs grow, middling jobs stagnant

Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a mixed economic message to the Legislature last week – hailing California’s strong recovery from the Great Recession but warning it could quickly turn sour.

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Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the COP 21 climate conference in France last month. (Photo: Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

A run by the former New York City mayor could upset an already volatile contest
By Mara Gay
Updated Jan. 23, 2016 – 11:59 p.m. ET

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering a run for president and is asking aides to explore a potential bid.

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California transportation officials plan to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years.

Patrick McGreevy
January 22, 2016

Faced with plummeting gasoline tax revenue, state transportation officials have announced plans to cut funding for road and transit projects by $754 million over the next five years, the greatest reduction in two decades.

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Paloma Esquivel and Brittny Mejia
January 22, 2016

The family of Sierra Clayborn, who was killed in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terror attack, filed three claims against San Bernardino County this week, alleging it failed to prevent her death. The claims seek $204 million in damages.

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The Sacramento Bee: Surcharges piling up on telephone bills


Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
January 22, 2016 – 5:56 PM

  • Total charges have gone from 2.78 percent at end of 2012 to 7.894 percent
  • Universal Lifeline program driving increase
  • Lifeline program expanded to wireless plans in 2014

If your monthly cellphone or landline bills seem higher these days, take a look at the state surcharges.

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Chris Kirkham
January 22, 2016

California employers added 60,400 jobs in December, according to state data, one of the largest single-month gains in the last three years.

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InlandPolitics: New ‘uber conservative’ attack on Donald Trump is rich

Panic Button

Friday, January 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The attack on GOP Front-runner Donald Trump by the editor’s of the National Review is, well, to be blunt, quite rich to say the least.

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Gasoline Taxes 10-01-2015

(Source: American Petroleum Institute – 10/01/15)

Friday, January 22, 2016 – 09:30 a.m

Price Alert! The average price of unleaded gas in California has dropped to a whopping $2.701 per gallon, according to tracking website

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fppc logo

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
January 21, 2016 12:23 PM

  • Change requires groups to itemize ‘other payments to influence’
  • Lobbyists haven’t protested new rule
  • Critics warn that rules can be circumvented

The state’s political watchdog adopted a new lobbying rule Thursday intended to shine a spotlight on ex-lawmakers for hire who use their clout to influence legislation, powerful interest groups behind misleading advertising campaigns and activities currently concealed in a catch-all category of regulatory filings.

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Jerry Brown

State of the State address

John Myers
January 21, 2016

In a short speech with a long view of California, Gov. Jerry Brown used his State of the State address to challenge lawmakers to better balance the cyclical nature of success and setback that has dominated state government for the better part of two decades.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 21, 2016 6:08 PM

  • Jerry Brown’s State of the State address explores no new ground
  • He appears content to check off items on political bucket list for California
  • But does he see a political role as governorship winds down?

No Latin phrases. No paeans to pioneer ancestors. No quotes from obscure philosophers. A brief reference to climate change. Just a couple of mild quips.

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Hand Out

By Tracy Seipel
Posted:    01/21/2016 – 12:01:48 PM PST
Updated: 01/21/2016 – 07:01:54 PM PST

California’s four largest health plans may be on the hook for $10 billion in state back taxes — and at least $1 billion every year going forward — if a closely watched legal case does not break their way.

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Politico: Major GOP donor launches pro-Trump super PAC

Donald Trump



By Alex Isenstadt
01/21/16 – 11:15 PM EST

Donald Trump, riding a wave of momentum with less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, is about to get the backing of a cash-flush super PAC funded by a major GOP donor.

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Politico: National Review aims to take down Trump

National Review - Trump

The National Review issue features anti-Trump essays from more than 20 conservative thinkers, leaders and commentators. | AP Photo



By Shane Goldmacher
01/21/16 – 09:04 PM EST

  • The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.

For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, one of the conservative movement’s most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund, San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), will pay out a 2% across-the-board cost of living (COLA) adjustment effective April 1, 2016.

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California Supreme Court

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There is new local news coverage of the long-running San Bernardino County Colonies case.

To read the coverage, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: Key conspiracy charge still out in San Bernardino County’s Colonies case
The Press-Enterprise: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supreme Court rejects Colonies appeal


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/20/16 – 8:18 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday appointed board chairman James Ramos and vice chairman Robert Lovingood to serve on a committee that will appoint a successor to Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, who retires on March 5.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario Airport lands new CEO


The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/16 1:34 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> An East Coast aviation veteran has been tapped to lead L.A./Ontario International Airport when a local authority assumes control later this year.

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KND also suggests ‘bond underwriter’ label is wrong

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jan. 20, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2016 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — The investment banking firm entangled in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s crosshairs for an allegedly fraudulent municipal bond offering at the city’s airport says it can’t fund a defense and it was never actually the bond underwriter.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
January 20, 2016 – 5:43 PM

  • Rep. Sanchez takes aim at rival Kamala Harris
  • Republicans also pile on with critiques of front-runner
  • Harris aide says her approach is resonating with Californians

Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, campaigning Wednesday in Sacramento, again put aside conventional political subtleties and cut right to the point: “I think we need a Latina in the U.S. Senate.”

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Appellate Courts

The conviction of former L.A. Councilman Richard Alarcon on charges that he lied about living in the district that he was elected to represent has been overturned.

Soumya Karlamangla and David Zahniser
January 20, 2016

A panel of justices Wednesday threw out the perjury and voter fraud convictions of former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, ruling that the trial judge had issued improper jury instructions.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy pulled in $11 million in 2015

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy’s successful fundraising year was, in some part, due to the idea that he could become the next speaker of the House.



By Jake Sherman
01/20/16 – 05:18 AM EST

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised more than $11 million last year, a sum that places him near the top of the Republican fundraising pyramid on Capitol Hill, according to sources familiar with his operation.

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Politico: Top Dems want Pelosi to stick around till 2018

Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi has given no signs she’s headed for the exit, saying only that she’ll continue to serve as minority leader for the foreseeable future. | AP Photo



By Lauren French
01/20/16 – 05:14 AM EST

  • The party has talked about new blood at the leadership table, but changes don’t seem imminent.

A group of senior House Democrats is pushing for Nancy Pelosi to stay on as minority leader until 2018 — a nod to the California Democrat’s leadership and fundraising prowess, despite growing tension in the party around the need to elevate younger members.

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InlandPolitics: More San Bernardino County investigations under the surface


Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s more under the microscope in San Bernardino County than meets the eye.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 19, 2016 3:42 PM

  • Unfunded retirement costs at least $200 billion
  • Latest pension reform effort collapses
  • Benefit debt is destined to grow even larger

With no thought to long-term financial consequences, California politicians, both state and local, have saddled taxpayers with hundreds of billions of dollars in debt for pensions and retiree health care.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Emily Alpert Reyes and Matt Lait
January 19, 2015

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest LAPD detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

California voters could be asked this fall to touch what’s been an untouchable law: the property tax initiative known as Proposition 13. A potential November ballot proposal would raise taxes on the state’s highest-value properties and spend the money on anti-poverty programs.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump maintains polling advantage


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

In less than two weeks the presidential primary cycle will commence and GOP front-runner Donald Trump has maintained or expanded his lead in the polls.

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U.S. Supreme Court

Richard Wolf
January 19, 2016 – 9:57 a.m. EST

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will give President Obama a final shot at implementing his plan to shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 17, 2016 4:58 AM

  • Accounting method can affect budget’s bottom line
  • State has constantly shifted income-outgo systems
  • Including retiree costs would make big difference

Fair warning: This column is about state accounting practices, which means you are in danger of being stupefied.

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Pension Reform

Associated Press
Posted: 01/18/2016 – 10:51:49 PM PST
Updated: 01/18/2016 – 10:52:19 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — The California budget that Gov. Jerry Brown proposed this month marks a shocking financial turnaround for a state that just a few years ago faced a $26 billion deficit.

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Donald Trump

Donald Trump in a December Republican debate. (Robyn Beck / AFP-Getty Images)

Stephen Battaglio
January 19, 2015

The Republican National Committee has made good on its promise to cut NBC out of its primary debate schedule.

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InlandPolitics: California Driver’s continue to get hosed at the gas pump

Gas Prices

Monday, January 18, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2016 – 05:00 p.m.

As crude oil prices hit multi-year lows, California continues to get hosed by gasoline refiners.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 17, 2016 – 9:06 AM

  • Millions of people in state are mired in poverty
  • Caring for their needs costs $200 billion a year
  • But politicians wrangle over whether it’s enough

Gov. Jerry Brown was still explaining his new budget to reporters on Jan. 7 when advocates for the poor, who didn’t like what he was saying, began firing email blasts.

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Martin O'Malley+Hillary Clinton+Bernie Sanders

Evan Halper and David Lauter
January 18, 2015

After a succession of Democratic presidential debates that largely avoided the acrimony and personal affronts that have defined the GOP face-offs, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders clashed sharply Sunday on guns, healthcare and President Obama’s legacy.

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Politico: Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay

Marco Rubio

“I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people,” Marco Rubio said. | Getty



By Isaac Arnsdorf
Published: 01/17/16 – 09:05 AM EST
Updated: 01/17/16 – 12:30 PM EST

Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.

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Shadow Lobbying

Patrick McGreevy
January 16, 2015

The dire warning arrived in a mailer to thousands of state voters from a group called the California Drivers Alliance.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 16, 2016 9:54 AM

  • California falls short in meeting housing demand
  • Shortage pushes costs, especially rents, sky-high
  • Politicians talk about it, but do little

It’s time once again for some fun with numbers, in this case the data on California’s serious – and worsening – housing crisis.

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Donald Trump+Ted Cruz

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
January 16, 2016 at 12:01 AM

As the presidential primary race moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee.

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The Hill

By Elliot Smilowitz
January 16, 2016 – 07:11 am

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took aim at rival Ted Cruz in a series of Saturday morning tweets, taunting Cruz over challenges to his citizenship and reports that he did not disclose campaign loans.

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Justice scales key

Saturday, January 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There has been updated news coverage of recent developments in a high-profile San Bernardino County criminal courts case.

To read the articles, click the following links:

The Sun / Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino judge denies defense motion to dismiss Colonies indictment
The Press-Enterprise: COLONIES: Judge refuses to toss out charges in corruption case

Riverside County Sheriff

Twelve Riverside County cities seeking to save money on law enforcement costs.

Published: Jan. 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Twelve Riverside County cities looking to save money on law enforcement costs could decide next month whether to pursue a feasibility study on forming their own police force.

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

Debbie Stone+Gino Filippi+Carol Timm

(Debbie Stone, Gino Filippi, Carol Timm / Courtesy Photos)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/16 – 8:02 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Three months after voting to change the city’s guiding development plan, three Upland City Council members are facing a recall attempt.

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InlandPolitics: Ted Cruz steps in it!

Ted Cruz

Friday, January 15, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

GOP Presidential Contender and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has stepped in it.

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California Water News

By California Water News Daily
January 15, 2016

Before leaving Washington for Christmas break, nine Members of Congress sent a letter to Neil Kornze, the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encouraging him to reconsider the agency’s recent guidance regarding the Cadiz Water Project.

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Citizens Business Bank

CVB Financial tops Forbes 2016 list of America’s best banks

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 – 11:25 a.m.

CVB Financial tops Forbes 2016 list of America’s best banks.

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

March ARB

Rose Institute study puts area base’s annual economic value at $579 million

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 – Updated: 8:11 p.m.

March Air Reserve Base near Riverside gives the Inland area an economic boost worth $579 million a year, an analysis has found.

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Field Poll

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
January 14, 2016 4:01 PM

  • Even divide over whether to speed up executions or repeal capital punishment
  • Growing proportion of voters favor replacing death penalty with life in prison
  • Issue divides along sharply partisan lines

In an ongoing shift in public opinion about the death penalty in California, the number of state voters who favor doing away with capital punishment has grown to virtually the same size as those seeking to speed up the execution process, according to a new poll.

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Hoover Institution

By Jessica Calefati
Updated: 01/15/2016 – 06:54:32 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his annual State of the State address next week, he’s expected to cheer California’s good financial fortune, continue to hail the bullet train and stress the need to tackle climate change before it’s too late.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
January 14, 2016 3:39 PM

  • Internal rivalries bubbling to surface
  • Enviros target moderate Democrats
  • Legislative leaders on the spot

There’s nothing like a family feud to expose jealousies and rivalries that have been percolating for years.

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By Paul Rogers
Posted: 01/14/2016 – 05:42:25 PM PST

Don’t even think about putting that umbrella away.

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Los Angeles County - Men's Central Jail

The front of the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail is shown. Lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department, which runs the county jails, contributed to a dramatic increase in the county’s legal costs in 2015. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
January 15, 2016

Los Angeles County’s spending on lawsuit-related attorney fees, settlements and judgments rose 24% last year — an increase driven largely by litigation against the Sheriff’s Department.

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Donald Trump+Ted Cruz

“I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump,” Ted Cruz said after his rival questioned the senator’s eligibility to serve. (Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times)

By Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy
January 14, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas sharply attacked each other on Thursday night over the Canadian-born Mr. Cruz’s eligibility to be president and Mr. Trump’s “New York values,” shedding any semblance of cordiality as they dominated a Republican debate less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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