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U.S. home prices are slightly above the peak set in July 2006, according to the Case-Shiller national home price index.

Andrew Khouri
November 29, 2016

Southern California home prices jumped last month, but sales flatlined in a region where homeownership is increasingly out of reach for the middle class.

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Gas Prices

A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate pump prices. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Ivan Penn
November 29, 2016

A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump.

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SBCO

By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/28/16 – 1:12 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors pleaded to San Bernardino County supervisors Monday for more help in their efforts to heal a year after the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

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California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 5:35 PM

Broadening the path to long-sought deals on affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and climate change, California Democrats have again captured a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature.

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California Supreme Court

Jeff McDonald
November 28, 2016

The California Supreme Court has declined to take up a lawsuit seeking release of dozens of emails to and from the Governor’s Office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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This image made from a webcam video provided by the Yosemite Conservancy shows Sentinel Dome during a snowstorm in Yosemite National Park on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. California has vital snow in the Sierra Nevada and positive rainfall totals in many areas after a stormy autumn weekend up and down the state, which is hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive year of drought conditions. The Sierra Nevada functions as reservoir for much of the state’s water supply. (Yosemite Conservancy via AP)

By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow
dkasler@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 2:36 PM

It’s only a beginning. But it’s a strong beginning, and it offers at least a rain gauge’s worth of hope to a state enduring its fifth year of drought.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension system shortfall grows

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Monday, November 28, 2016 – 12:15 p.m.

The pension system for San Bernardino County, California, took another hit in its latest fiscal year.

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By Sudhin Thanawala
November 28, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation’s largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 12:01 AM

While other, more pejorative, terms could be used to describe California’s massive legal system these days, let’s just say it’s in disarray, and count the ways.

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California Supreme Court

By Ed Mendel
November 28, 2016

The state Supreme Court last week agreed to hear an appeal of a groundbreaking ruling that allows cuts in the pensions earned by current state and local government workers, including judges.

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The Sacramento Bee: How California became a very blue state

California

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 27, 2016 – 12:01 AM

Demography, it’s been said, is destiny – and the outcome of California’s election this month proves it again.

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U.S. Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Published: November 26, 2016
Updated:   November 26, 2016 – 6:00am

With his first Supreme Court appointment, President-elect Donald Trump will be in a position to deal a severe blow to unions representing government workers, the stronghold of organized labor in the United States.

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By Chris Dolmetsch and Laura J. Keller
November 25, 2016

Wells Fargo is calling for dozens of customers suing over bogus accounts opened by the bank’s employees to resolve the dispute through arbitration rather than federal court.

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The Press-Enterprise: Riverside County Supervisor Benoit has pancreatic cancer

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Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Nov. 23, 2016
Updated: Nov. 24, 2016 2:51 p.m.

Biopsy results show that Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit has advanced pancreatic cancer, the supervisor’s office announced Wednesday evening, Nov. 23.

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The Hill: Trump keeps everyone off balance

The Hill

By Niall Stanage
11/23/16 – 06:02 PM EST

Donald Trump won the presidency with an unpredictable approach, and he is sticking with it as he prepares to move into the White House.

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InlandPolitics: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2016 – 10:35 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish all of our readers a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

SBCO

By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/23/16 – 10:21 PM PST |

Another person has come forward about medication denials for survivors of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack — this time, the husband of a San Bernardino County employee shot in the face.

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San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/22/16 – 11:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City employees are one step closer to completely moving out of City Hall, removing a substantial earthquake risk but also leaving another downtown landmark vacant.

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SEIU

The State Worker
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
November 22, 2016 – 5:53 PM

California’s largest state-employee union announced Tuesday that it will go on strike Dec. 5 in response to what union leaders complain is “unlawful conduct and egregious unfair labor practices” during negotiations for a new contract.

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Los Angeles Times: California’s top court will review major public pension ruling

California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court will review a case that gave state and local government new authority to reduce public employee pensions.

Maura Dolan
November 22, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Tuesday to review a ruling that would give state and local governments new authority to cut public employee pensions.

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A Southwest airplane take off from Ontario International Airport in Ontario Oct. 29. (Frank Bellino/Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/20/16 – 11:25 AM PST |

ONTARIO >> Air travel at Ontario International Airport is expected to increase this holiday travel season as airlines have added more seats and flights out of ONT this year, officials said.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 20, 2016 2:44 PM

California’s gubernatorial transitions have included a less-than-stellar tradition in recent decades – outgoing governors leaving budget deficits to successors.

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Calpensions: CalPERS, CalSTRS considering more rate increases

Pensions

Ed Mendel
November 21, 2016

The state’s two largest public pension systems never recovered from huge investment losses during the deep recession and stock market crash in 2008. CalPERS lost about $100 billion and CalSTRS about $68 billion.

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Don Lee
November 17, 2016

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen gave a relatively upbeat assessment of the economy Thursday, further signaling a likely interest rate hike next month.

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By Melody Gutierrez
Published: November 18, 2016
Updated:   November 19, 2016 – 6:33pm

SACRAMENTO — As Kamala Harris prepares to take the job held by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, it’s anyone’s guess who will take Harris’ place as California’s attorney general.

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SBCO

By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/19/16 – 6:06 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Survivors of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino say they’re being cut off from anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication and counseling shortly before the one-year anniversary — making an already traumatic time even more distressing.

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Los Angeles Times: Wells Fargo hit with new sanctions following fake-accounts scandal

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James Rufus Koren
November 18, 2016

A federal regulator has tightened restrictions on Wells Fargo & Co., requiring it to get approval to replace or hire new executives and make other changes, in the latest fallout over the San Francisco bank’s fake-accounts scandal.

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Jobs

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
November 18, 2016 – 9:00 AM

California employers added 31,200 more jobs to the state’s economy in October, although the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, state officials said Friday.

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State Bar of California

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 18, 2016 – 10:30 AM

Reacting to a legislative stalemate over the State Bar’s future, the California Supreme Court late Thursday authorized the legal profession’s regulatory agency to collect $297 in dues from each state-licensed attorney next year – enough to cover its basic functions but less than it wanted.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/16/16 – 2:32 PM PST |

San Bernardino County has settled for $1.5 million a lawsuit filed by the parents of a developmentally disabled Ontario man beaten to death by his cellmate last year at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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California Money

AP Nation / World
By Jonathan J. Cooper
Associated Press
Nov 16, 2016 – 6:35 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst said Wednesday he’s forecasting a $2.8 billion budget surplus next year and says California should be able to weather a mild recession without major budget cuts or tax increases over the next four years.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

It’s often said that “as California goes, so goes the nation.” But that’s rarely been less true than in last week’s election.

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San Bernardino Seal

Joseph Turner
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 5:37 p.m.

A San Bernardino City government employee has contributed money to campaign committee for a sitting member of the council according to Form 460 filings available to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Darrell Issa to retain his seat in Congress

Darrell Issa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 09:15 p.m.

GOP Congressman Darrell Issa will retain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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InlandPolitics: Valles concedes First District contest

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Angela Valles

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Former Victorville City Council Member Angela Valles has conceded loss to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robewrt Lovingood.

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UPS’s Worldport air hub in Louisville, Kentucky. (Courtesy Photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/15/16 – 6:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> UPS announced Tuesday it will begin seasonal cargo operations out of San Bernardino International Airport for the month of December.

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Bill Holland

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Nov 12, 2016 at 12:08 AM
Updated:  Nov 12, 2016 at 3:55 PM

HESPERIA — As a school district police officer here, Mayor Bill Holland fell under his boss’ scrutiny for purportedly destroying evidence while leading the investigation into claims that an Oak Hills High School freshman football player had been subjected to sexual hazing, the Daily Press has learned.

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Capitol Weekly: In CA, some winners and losers

Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
November 15, 2016

It’s all over and, with a few exceptions, it will stay that way for two more years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 15, 2016 – 3:27 PM

Let’s assume that California’s bullet train project never gets beyond the current work in the San Joaquin Valley – about 100 miles of track and a few stations.

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The move ensures a two-week debate about the minority leader’s future, though no one has stepped up to challenge her yet.

By Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan
Published: 11/15/16 – 09:03 AM EST
Updated: 11/15/16 – 06:52 PM EST

Nancy Pelosi’s hold on the House Democratic Caucus is being tested.

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The Sun: Stater Bros. leader Jack Brown dies at 78

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By Michel Nolan, The Sun
Posted: 11/14/16 – 11:41 AM PST |

Jack H. Brown, executive chairman of Stater Bros. Markets and charitable leader throughout the region, died Sunday evening surrounded by family. He was 78.

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ME!

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/14/16 – 3:44 PM PST |

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said Monday that he’s interested in being appointed to serve the remainder of Kamala Harris’ term as California attorney general now that she’s been elected to the U.S. Senate.

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California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom leads the field of potential candidates for governor in 2018. (Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the early favorite to succeed fellow Democrat Jerry Brown in the 2018 gubernatorial race, as the state’s second-in-command holds large advantages among Democrats and independents, according to a new Field Poll.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016 – 8:00 PM

A new poll indicates that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is, by a wide margin, the leading candidate for governor two years hence – which shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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Senator-elect Kamala Harris, center, speaks with Long Beack Mayor Robert Garcia, left, and Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights of Los Angeles during a meeting with immigrant families and activists on Nov. 10. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
November 15, 2016

Newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris said she’s already been in contact with her West Coast colleagues about banding together to implement Democratic priorities in the political era of President-elect Donald Trump.

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The Sacramento Bee: California’s 58 counties need governance reform

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
November 14, 2016 – 12:01 AM

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg puts it succinctly, albeit accurately: “58 counties in California are accidents of history.”

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(Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Kurtis Lee
Nov. 12, 2016 – 3:24 p.m.

A somber Hillary Clinton blamed her presidential election loss on a variety of factors Saturday, including FBI Director James B. Comey’s announcement last month that newfound emails possibly linked to her private server were being reviewed.

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A history teacher at Mountain View High School has been put on leave after comparing President-elect Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. (Getty Images)

Makeda Easter and Dakota Smith
November 11, 2016 – 07:00 p.m.

California is quickly becoming a battleground for immigration policy as a cross-section of leaders across the state vowed to fight any plans by President-elect Donald Trump to deport thousands of people in the U.S. illegally.

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InlandPolitics: Why couldn’t people see a Donald Trump victory?

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Friday, November 11, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.

Now that all of the dust is settling in the aftermath of Republican Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton it’s time to reflect a little.

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Los Angeles Times: Hahn, Barger elected to L.A. County Board of Supervisors

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County Board of Supervisors candidates Janice Hahn, left, and Kathryn Barger, right. (Los Angeles Times)

Adam Elmahrek and Hailey Branson-Potts
November 9, 2016

Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger were elected Tuesday night to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, marking the election of a female majority and a continued leftward shift for the influential panel.

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Christine Mai-Duc
Nov. 9, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) has lost her long, expensive battle against fellow Democrat attorney Eloise Reyes.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States

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

Donald J. Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 07:30 a.m.

In what to most was a stunning victory. Billionaire non-politician Donald Trump will become the forty-fifth President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

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InlandPolitics: Election Day

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

It’s Election Day. Please make sure to vote!

Ontario International Airport

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/06/16 – 4:30 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> A high-ranking executive for Korean Air was present at the airport on Wednesday for the ceremony to hand off ownership from the city of Los Angeles to the Ontario International Airport Authority, and OIAA hopes the visit could translate into potential business.

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Joseph Turner
Suday, November 6, 2016 – 8:24 a.m.

Don’t worry, she’s got this!

Hillary Clinton’s campaign allowed a Bernie supporter to take the mic at a campaign event and proceed to rip into the candidate before being escorted off the dais. Read the rest of this entry »

InlandPolitics: Presidential Election goes down to the wire. But maybe not!

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Photo collage from a Donald Trump rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Friday, November 4, 2016.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

The liberal mainstream media is essentially freaking out on Saturday morning, with poll after poll showing the steam running out of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

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Money

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 11/03/16 – 10:12 PM PDT |

Depending on where you live, the source of those political ads cramming your mailbox may be hundreds of miles away.

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Joseph Turner
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – 10:37 p.m.

Syrian refugees could soon be getting a tuition-free junior college education if one ultra-liberal Riverside County politician has his way.

Bill Hedrick, a candidate for the Riverside Community College District Trustee with ties to a radical Islamic terrorist group , expressed his support for tuition-free college education for all on his Facebook page.

“I believe in making community college totally free — that means no fees.”

In this YouTube video, Mr. Hedrick is very clear. He says: Read the rest of this entry »

General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

Laura J Keller, Dakin Campbell and
Kartikay Mehrotra
Published: November 3, 2016 — 2:00 AM PDT
Updated: November 3, 2016 — 6:38 AM PDT

After Wells Fargo & Co. executive John Sotoodeh handed off more than a hundred branches in Southern California to a colleague in 2009, problems surfaced quickly.

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Passengers make their way into one of the terminals at Ontario International Airport, which suffered a 40% decline in travelers during the economic recession. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Dan Weikel
November 1, 2016

After years of litigation and negotiation, Ontario officials assumed ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Campaigns

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/01/16 – 9:18 PM PDT |

The race for First District San Bernardino County supervisor sees incumbent Robert Lovingood going up against Angela Valles, a former Victorville councilwoman and Victor Valley Community College District trustee.

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LA County Sheriff

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/01/16 – 1:37 PM PDT |

A long-awaited civilian oversight commission to push reforms within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, two years after it was formally proposed.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – 12:04 a.m.

An anonymous commenter on the Inland Politics blog claiming to have lost his or her father in the December 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack is calling for the dismissal of a San Bernardino Sun columnist named Sal Rodriguez.

The columnist has come under fire after he penned a smear piece of a local candidate over the issue of Syrian refugees which contained inaccurate information and insensitive comments. He subsequently engaged in debates on Facebook whereby he presented false information as being fact.

In addition to posting insensitive comments on Facebook and subsequently deleting them, Rodriguez compared the threat of terrorism via refugees to peanut allergies. He suggested that peanut allergies were a greater threat and that anyone getting enraged by refugees was “pathetic.” Read the rest of this entry »

Zero Hedge: Podesta To Mills: “We Are Going To Have To Dump All Those Emails”

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By Tyler Durden
Nov 1, 2016 – 10:46 AM

In today’s, 25th, Wikileaks release of hacked Podesta emails, one of the notable highlights is a March 2, 2015 exchange between John Podesta and Clinton aide Cheryl Mills in which the Clinton Campaign Chair says “On another matter….and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails.”

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More than 250,000 homeowners who had loans serviced by Wells between 2005 and 2010 and paid for the appraisals could receive at least $120 each. (Photo: CX Matiash, Associated Press)

By Kathleen Pender
Published: October 31, 2016
Updated:   October 31, 2016 – 4:33pm

More than 250,000 homeowners who had loans serviced by Wells between 2005 and 2010 and paid for the appraisals could receive at least $120 each.

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The shore of Lake Shasta behind Shasta Dam in Lake Shasta, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake's water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP)

Amy Quinton
Monday, October 31, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

Rains have drenched Northern California, where most of the state’s largest reservoirs are located. The state had the second wettest October since the Department began keeping records in 1921.

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