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Daily Bulletin: FPPC a bigger bang for San Bernardino County’s buck

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 5:12 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County appears to be getting its money’s worth out of the state Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Highland Fairview CEO Iddo Benzeevi said in a statement that “Highland Fairview has not requested the city to contribute any money for infrastructure for the World Logistics Center.” (David Danelski / File)

Published: May 22, 2015
Updated: May 25, 2015 11:11 p.m.

The developer of the massive World Logistics Center is negotiating with Moreno Valley officials over how much the city could contribute to pay for streets and other improvements needed to support the project.

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

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/25/15 – 3:56 PM PDT |

The former mayor of Redlands has introduced his first piece of legislation at his new job.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/24/2015 – 06:13:21 AM PDT
Updated: 05/25/2015 07:14:59 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped to resolve some of California’s toughest fiscal challenges — mainly huge structural deficits and old, forgotten debts.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 26, 2015

A San Bernardino plan to exit bankruptcy follows the path of the Vallejo and Stockton exit plans, cutting bond debt and retiree health care but not pensions. Then it veers off in a new direction: contracting for fire, waste management and other services.

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InlandPolitics: Memorial Day – 2015

memorial-day

Monday, May 26, 2014 – 10:10 a.m.

Remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 24, 2015 – Updated: 8:29 p.m.

The statistics rattled off by San Bernardino’s bankruptcy experts last week were startling:

San Bernardino is the poorest large city in California, and the second poorest in the nation, after Detroit.

To read entire column, click here.

Paul Chabot

Republican Paul Chabot has self-published an ebook, “Against All Odds,” about his failed bid for the 31st Congressional District seat against Democrat Pete Aguilar. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/24/15 – 7:35 PM PDT |

Although voters decided against having Paul Chabot represent them in Congress last November, they can choose to have him on their Kindle, if they so choose.

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Penny Saver

The PennySaver, an advertising newsletter, was delivered in the mail throughout Southern California. Employees were told Friday that the publication is ceasing operations after 50 years.

By Stuart Pfeifer
May 24, 2015

The PennySaver, an advertising newsletter that was a fixture in Southern California mailboxes for decades, is going out of business.

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Drought

By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 24, 2015

Look east, California.

Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents.

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Medi-Cal

By Soumya Karlamangla
May 24, 2015

Since California’s health insurance program for the poor was expanded under the Affordable Care Act last year, enrollment has exploded, with more than 3.5 million people signing up for the first time. Almost 1 in 3 Californians — a total of 12.2 million people — now receive coverage through Medi-Cal.

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InlandPolitics: Something you won’t see in Inland Empire newspapers

San Diego Union Tribune

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Hats off to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The newspaper has essentially taken on the job of exposing the “corruption” in the settlement surrounding the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, and how state officials compromised themselves in their cozy relationships with executives from Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International. (NYSE: EIX).

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** FILE ** Susannah Fox, the main author of a study on internet spyware by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, is seen at the Pew Research Center in Washington in this July 6, 2005 file photo. In a recent survey, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that adult Americans are broadly divided into three groups: 31 percent are elite technology users, 20 percent are moderate users and the remainder have little or no usage of the Internet or cell phones. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, file)

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

The Pew Research Center has issued a not-so-pleasant report on the state of print media in the country.

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InlandPolitics: Sentinel newspaper wins adjudication

The Sentinel

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sentinel Newspaper, a publication that’s been an irritant to many Inland Empire local governments and politicos, has been granted legal adjudication.

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InlandPolitics: Water agencies start feeding at the trough

EVWD

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

California water agencies are at it big time

Using the drought as a driving force. Water suppliers are hammering away at rate increases in every shape or form possible.

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U-T San Diego: San Onofre deal concocted in secret

San Onofre

Reporters in 2010 were given a rare tour of the San Onofre nuclear plant in 2010, in anticipation of the installation of replacement steam generators. The flawed generators precipitated closure of the plant amid a radiation leak in 2012. — John Gastaldo

Warsaw was not the only undisclosed gathering while nuclear plant shutdown pact took shape

By Morgan Lee
May 23, 2015 – 03:48 p.m.

The public was none the wiser.

All the key parties in the room for the only public hearing on the $4.7 billion settlement agreement for shutdown costs at the failed San Onofre nuclear plant knew that the pact had its origins at a secret meeting in Poland.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 23, 2015

  • Sales tax used to be state’s top revenue source
  • Income taxes now dominate revenue flow
  • Should sales taxes be extended to services?

During the first year of Jerry Brown’s first governorship, 40 years ago, the state collected $9 billion in general fund revenues and the sales tax was the biggest source at $3.7 billion.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino: Meet Robocop

IE Business Daily

IE Business Daily
May 23, 2015

In 1987 Orion Pictures released a futuristic science fiction film called “Robocop” about a dirt poor city, Detroit, that had contracted public safety services to a large, privately owned corporation.

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California Assembly Seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/22/15, 11:02 AM PDT |

An Assembly bill that would allow Ontario to issue bonds to finance the acquisition of L.A./Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles was approved by the state Assembly on Friday.

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California Lobbying 2015-Q1

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 22, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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Hillary Clinton

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claps along with the audience as she arrives at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, United States, May 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

Post Politics
By Robert Costa
May 22, 2015 at 4:50 PM

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday sought to distance herself somewhat from both her husband, a previous president, and Barack Obama, the current White House occupant who defeated her in 2008.

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Teamsters

Union tosses cash at lobbying despite retirement shortfalls

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
The Washington Times
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members’ dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: May 22, 2015 – 9:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s newest supervisor needs a new planning commissioner.

Citing “the readily apparent incompatibility” with Supervisor Chuck Washington, John Petty resigned from the Planning Commission this week, effective immediately.

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

Michael Peevey

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally. (Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press 2014)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 21, 2015
Updated: May 21, 2015 – 8:11pm

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally.

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Unpaid Fines

By Maura Dolan and Lee Romney
May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

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Calbuzz: Round-up: Harris, Sanchez, Glazer & Kim K’s Butt

Calbuzz

Political news, analysis, commentary and more about California and beyond
By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, May 22, 2015

Bottom line on the new Merv and Mark Poll: Kamala Harris looks strong, but far from inevitable, in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

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Karl Rove

Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists started American Crossroads, the “super PAC” that has been among the single most powerful forces in national politics. But its pre-eminence is being tested. (Credit Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

By Eric Lichtblau and Maggie Haberman
May 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates.

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The Sun: San Bernardino could privatize fire services

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 7:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city might become the first in the state to rely on a for-profit firm for firefighting and emergency medical services, but to do so it will have to overcome opposition that’s already mounting up and down the state.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/20/15, 6:47 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The City Council on Tuesday approved new contracts for the city manager and city attorney, which include salary increases and a change in their retirement contributions.

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Beaumont

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/15, 2:17 PM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday announced her office was launching an investigation into the financial practices and reporting of this city of 42,000 to resolve “significant differences” between the city’s financial reporting and its audited statements.

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Crossing at Redlands

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved The Crossings at Redlands, a 340-unit gated apartment complex in an unincorporated area of Redlands. It will feature a sidewalk coffee shop/cafe, produce market and state-of-the-art fitness center. It is a companion project to the neighboring Circa 2020 apartment complex now under construction. (Courtesy artist rendering)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 6:45 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> In the same vein as Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga and other mixed-use developments across Southern California, a 340-unit gated apartment complex, with a retail component, has been approved for development in an unincorporated area of this city.

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Riverside, San Bernardino county homes sales were up 8 percent last month, the third best April since 2006, according to CoreLogic DataQuick

Published: May 19, 2015
Updated: May 20, 2015 – 11:27 a.m.

Home sales in Inland Southern California continued to flex some muscle in April, restoring optimism in a marketplace that got off to a sluggish start for 2015.

It was the third best April for the Inland region since the housing bust, with 6,109 Riverside and San Bernardino new and existing home and condo sales closing escrow, according to CoreLogic DataQuick’s latest report.

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

Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County to develop ‘Countywide Plan’

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…..$5,000,000…..

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/19/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a consultant group up to $5 million over four years to help with development of a “complete county” plan that goes beyond a general plan — in fact, they say, it goes further than any city or county ever has.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol on June 10, 2013. | Manny Crisostomo The Sacramento Bee file

Capitol Alert
May 19, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon’s corruption trial has been postponed for a third time. It is now scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016, a delay of nearly seven months.

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California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Left: European Pressphoto Agency; Right: AP)

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
May 19, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Despite the blur of activity by innumerable candidates, the 2016 presidential campaign so far is a mostly shapeless enterprise, save for one dominant factor: the prominence of money in the narrative. More than anything, money has been the defining characteristic of the race, highlighted by the political and private activities of the brand names of Clinton and Bush.

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SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/18/15 – 06:04 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The second phase of a civil trial involving a San Bernardino man marked for death by two San Manuel tribal members and who has already been awarded $4.5 million began Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/18/15 – 8:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A full-court press by the city’s administrators, consultants and allies from the community convinced six of the seven council members Monday that it was vital to pass the Plan of Adjustment, pushing the city into the next stage of its nearly three-year bankruptcy.

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Loretta Sanchez

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez greets paradegoers during a Veterans Day celebration in Fullerton in 2008. Some say Sanchez’s lack of restraint could work to her advantage. (File: Michael Goulding / Staff Photographer)

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
May 18, 2015
Updated: May 19, 2015 – 12:12 a.m.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s colorful, freewheeling persona shows no signs of being watered down for her U.S. Senate race, as she demonstrated at last weekend’s state Democratic convention in Anaheim.

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Supreme Court of the United States

By David G. Savage
May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy dealt a speedy setback Monday to conservative advocacy groups that had sought to shield the names of their major donors in California.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel Murder-for Hire trial resumes

San Manuel Gaming Chip

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

With selection of a new jury complete. The long-awaited trial to see how much more money, if any, Plaintiff Leonard Epps will get from San Manuel Tribal Members, and siblings, Erik Barajas and Stacy Nunez-Barajas, will resume Monday morning.

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Thief

Toll lane critics fear that the residents who live off Interstate 10 can’t afford to drive on them.

Published: May 15, 2015
Updated: May 17, 2015 – 11:26 p.m.

Want a faster commute? You may get one if you’re willing to spend a little more money.

San Bernardino County is moving ahead with plans for toll lanes, much like those already under construction on Riverside County’s portion of the 91 Freeway in Corona.

To read story by Stephen Wall in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the “bad news” at a party gathering over the weekend.

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is in favor of ending temporary taxes under voter-approved Proposition 30.

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/18/2015 – 05:50:33 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget late last week, the news that California is swimming in black ink rightfully stole the show.

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George Stephanopoulos

ABC’s anchor much closer to Hillary’s foundation than he told his viewers.

Peter Schweizer
May 18, 2015 – 10:36 a.m. EDT

Fact-driven, fair, aggressive journalism animates American politics. As an investigative journalist, I am accustomed to asking tough questions. When I publish, I expect tough questions in turn,

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan gets group’s support

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/16/15 – 8:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deep cuts and extensive restructuring proposed in the city’s bankruptcy exit plan got a unanimous thumbs-up from its strategic planning core team on Saturday, as the City Council prepares to vote on the plan Monday.

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GOP

By Philip Rucker and Jenna Johnson
May 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

DES MOINES — To take back the White House after eight years in the political wilderness, Republicans think they must soften their image and expand their appeal in particular to women and Latino voters. As Jeb Bush, a leading presidential contender, puts it, “We’re going to win if we show our hearts.”

But the GOP’s strategic imperative is running headlong into its structural reality.

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By Michael Finnegan and Peter Jamison
May 16, 2015

The contours of California’s U.S. Senate race sharpened Saturday, with Kamala Harris trying to keep stride as the leading contender while upstart Loretta Sanchez sought to knock her off balance.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 16, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2015-16 budget sharply increases spending on California’s 6-plus million elementary and high school students.

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Xavier Becerra

Democrat Xavier Becerra, a congressman from Los Angeles, speaking with reporters Friday evening at the California Democratic Party convention in Orange County. | Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
May 15, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

Veteran congressman questions where she stands
“What would she do? What are her values on these issues?”

Anaheim — Rep. Xavier Becerra, mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, urged the media to more aggressively question Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Democratic frontrunner in the race.

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Gas Prices

Gas prices are displayed at a Chevron station in Brentwood. The recent surge in regional fuel prices has left local drivers paying more on average than motorists elsewhere in the U.S. (Jerome Adamstein / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri and Samantha Masunaga
May 15, 2015

On Friday, the average for a gallon of regular in the Los Angeles area was higher than $4 for the first time since July, according to daily fuel price reports by AAA and GasBuddy.com. The recent surge in regional fuel prices has left local drivers paying more on average than motorists anywhere else in the U.S.

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The Sun: San Bernardino plans huge reductions in bankruptcy plan

Bankruptcy Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

Digital First Media

By Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/14/15 – 9:26 PM PDT |

Digital First Media, the company that operates the Los Angeles News Group and its digital and newspaper properties, has decided not to seek a sale of the entire company, saying it “is not in the best interest of shareholders at this time.’’

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California Money

By Larry Gordon, Teresa Watanabe and Carla Rivera
May 14, 2015

The big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to sharply increase education funding are California undergraduates at UC, who will have their tuition frozen for two more years, and the millions of elementary, secondary and community college students who are likely to see more teachers and counselors hired on their campuses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

The state’s revenue system is, as we should all know by now, increasingly dependent on taxes from a relative handful of high-income Californians.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, hugs her half-brother, Stephen Sanchez, after announcing she will run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. She was surrounded by family and supporters at the Santa Ana train station on Thursday. | Christopher Cadelago The Sacramento Bee

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat from Orange County, rocked the political world nearly two decades ago when she narrowly ousted a sharp-tongued Republican congressman and then defended the seat in a rematch.

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U.S. Attorney - Los Angeles

Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Lee Baca

Sheriff Lee Baca speaks to the editorial board of the Los Angeles News Group Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in West Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/14/15, 8:46 PM PDT |

When Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down more than a year ago, his role and possible indictment in the ongoing federal investigation at the county jails was still in question.

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Commission on Judicial Performance

By Joseph Serna
May 14, 2015

Like most judges, Kern County Superior Court Judge John Fielder did not necessarily carve out a reputation of being warm and cuddly on the bench.

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Bill Clinton+George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos, right, interviewing former President Bill Clinton last year for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Credit Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Politics
By Jeremy W. Peters and John Koblin
May 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — Even after more than a decade as an analyst, anchor and public face for ABC News, George Stephanopoulos has never been able to shake the image that many Republicans have of him: Clinton hatchet man.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Bankruptcy Exit Plan hide the ball!

San Bernardino Seal

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

You gotta hand it to bankrupt San Bernardino, California. If there’s any local government that can screw anything up, it’s good ole San Berdoo!

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Robb Quincey

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey left, has petitioned to have his felony conviction reduced, dismissed and expunged, and probation terminated.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge last year, and sentenced just last October, has filed to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, expunged and probation terminated.

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Court of Appeal Opinion: Lawrence v. County of San Bernardino

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 22, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Employee discontent over management practices has brought operations of the San Bernardino County Public Defender, once again, into the spotlight.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. Today, San Bernardino will reveal its bankruptcy exit plan. The city declared bankruptcy in July 2012. (John Valenzuela/ The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/15, 8:27 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials say they will release a sweeping bankruptcy exit plan Thursday afternoon and ask the City Council on Monday to commit to changes they say will significantly affect residents, employees and creditors for years to come.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Pete Aguliar, D-Redlands, and his wife recently spent a week spending no more than $4.73 a day per person on food to call attention to hunger in the Inland Empire.

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

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A lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court accuses Wells Fargo of pressuring workers to open so many accounts and provide so many other services that the employees deceived and defrauded customers across the country.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 13, 2015

A former Wells Fargo & Co. customer accused the San Francisco banking firm in a lawsuit of fostering a high-pressure sales culture that ended up deceiving and defrauding him and customers nationwide.

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M. Marc Kelly

Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly. (Los Angeles Times)

By Emily Foxhall
May 13, 2015

An Orange County judge who is being threatened with recall for giving a child molester a lenient prison sentence contends he is a respected jurist who is the victim of a “misleading” campaign.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County CEO gives 5-year budget forecast

Greg Devereaux

Devereaux

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/12/15, 6:53 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County will enter the next fiscal year on July 1 with $4.7 billion on hand for infrastructure projects and some services cut during the Great Recession, but the county has quite a ways to go before it can start loosening its fiscal belt.

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Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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

Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

SBCO

After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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U-T San Diego: Emails show UCLA, CPUC deal making

Michael Peevey

Peevey, at right, said grants would be ‘satisfactory to our joint purposes’.

By Jeff McDonald
May 12, 2015

Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey filed a public notice disclosing an email he received from UCLA regarding grants for greenhouse gas research.

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Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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Judge allows city to make pension payments

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Government pensions in California have withstood another fierce challenge in bankruptcy court.

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Water

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on the drought, which “is going to change California,” said the director of the Department of Water Resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Matt Stevens
May 12, 2015

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

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Donald Wuerl

Catholic Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl joins other Christian leaders during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House last month. Although such public expressions of religion remain a feature of American life, the nation’s Christian population has declined, a new study shows. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By David Lauter and Hailey Branson-Potts
May 12, 2015

The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in recent years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found.

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Daily Bulletin: FPPC fines San Bernardino County D.A. Mike Ramos for third time

Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Video from a KNBC-TV news helicopter appears shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating Francis Jared Pusok, who led them on a pursuit April 9 in the High Desert. )KNBC-TV Courtesy photo)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 8:26 AM PDT |

The names of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and command staff who were allegedly involved in the beating of Francis Pusok last month in the High Desert were made public Monday by sheriff’s officials.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 3:18 PM PDT |

A prominent Rancho Cucamonga political action committee could be fined $6,000 by the state’s ethics watchdog for failing to timely file two campaign statements, and failing to timely disclose contributions it received and made during the 2010 election.

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