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Francis Pusok

Booking photo for Francis Jared Pusok (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15, 8:16 PM PDT |

The attorney for an Apple Valley man whose beating by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was captured on video by a news crew said Thursday he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court early next week.

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Sheriff

Published: April 16, 2015
Updated: April 17, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

Nearly a week after the videotaped beating of a horse-theft suspect drew national attention to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, separate confrontations with deputies have killed two men.

To read story by Richard Brooks and Peter Surowski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Spotlight

Published: April 16, 2015 – Updated: 8:43 p.m.

On Del Oro Road, not far from the strip malls that line Apple Valley’s bustling Bear Valley Road, Jolene Bindner is trying to make sense of the national attention she and her boyfriend have received.

The boyfriend, Francis Pusok, is the theft suspect who 10 San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were videotaped hitting and kicking after a pursuit April 9 that began with Pusok fleeing in a car and ended with Pusok falling off a stolen horse.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino wants to hire PR professional

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15 – 8:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city needs a professional to clearly articulate the city’s activities and plans, especially beginning now, city leaders say, so they’re again asking the City Council to approve one — this time, addressing some of the criticisms that got the earlier proposal shot down.

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Teamsters

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/15/15, 7:07 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino Public Employees Association, which for more than 75 years has independently represented county, city and state employees across the Inland Empire, is now a chapter affiliate of Teamsters Local 1932.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland retains city attorney

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/15, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> After five months serving as the interim city attorney, the City Council has agreed to retain Richard Adams on a permanent basis.

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 Finger

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
04/16/2015 11:25 PM

Almond orchards have become ground zero in the debate over California’s epic drought, the focal point of criticism that agriculture uses too much water.

The response? More almond trees.

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Question Mark

By Patrick McGreevy
April 16, 2015

After leaving the state Senate in 2013 for health reasons, and before returning to the Senate in a special election last month, Sharon Runner was kept on the Senate payroll by her Republican colleagues as an aide.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris answers questions about her 2016 Senate run in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle

By Carla Marinucci
April 16, 2015
Updated: April 16, 2015 – 10:26pm

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris tackled some national issues Thursday, expressing support for President Obama’s nuclear arms deal with Iran and for authorizing military force against the Islamic State, but she declined to take stands on Internet privacy and easing restrictions on marijuana.

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Elizabeth Warren

In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Susan Walsh AP)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/16/2015 – 10:32 AM

Elizabeth Warren, a champion of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, will headline the California Democratic Party’s annual convention next month in Anaheim, organizers said Thursday.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
April 16, 2015

Hoping to inoculate themselves against challenges next year, most of California’s vulnerable House members already are building campaign war chests.

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NFL- Carson

A rendering of the new football stadium proposed for Carson by the owners of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. (Manica Architecture)

By Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno and Tim Logan
April 16, 2015

Representatives of proposed stadium projects in Carson and Inglewood met with NFL executives Thursday as the competition to return the league to the Los Angeles area continued.

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Drought Watch

By Chris Megerian
April 16, 2015

With criticism of new conservation regulations pouring in from local officials, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders defended Thursday his executive order requiring a 25% reduction in water use.

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The University of Redlands student newspaper, The Bulldog Weekly, was put on hiatus late last year following the publication of a controversial article about a $35 million scholarship fund. The article quoted a student saying the new fund favored “rich, white males.”

Published: April 15, 2015 – Updated: 11:15 p.m.

As students prep for graduation from the University of Redlands this week, The Bulldog Weekly newsstands will be empty.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SBSO Sheriff

Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy good news if it tried.

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San Bernardino County

Elected San Bernardino County officials applaud during opening remarks Wednesday evening April 15, 2015 at the annual State of the County event at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/15/15 – 8:41 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The job and real estate markets are growing in the Inland Empire. Credit is expanding, banks are lending more with the economy rebounding, and there is plenty of vacant land available for residential, commercial and industrial development.

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California Money

By Josh Richman and Jessica Calefati Staff Writers
Posted: 04/15/2015 – 11:19:11 AM PDT
Updated: 04/15/2015 – 01:02:59 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A bill that would force California’s public officials to reveal more about their wealth, property and business interests easily passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday.

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U-T San Diego: Chairman: Scrap San Onofre deal

SCE

State Senator Ben Hueso says settlement hatched in secret in Poland shouldn’t stand

By Jeff McDonald
April 15, 2015 – 5:11 p.m.

The settlement that assigned billions of dollars in San Onofre nuclear plant closure costs to customers should be revisited after revelations about how the deal came together, the chairman of the state Senate committee overseeing utilities said.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
04/15/2015 – 2:50 PM

He’s at it again.

This time CalPERS maverick board member J.J. Jelincic is taking on his colleagues and Attorney General Kamala Harris over a policy that excludes him from performance and pay decisions for the fund’s top executives. Harris says that Jelincic shouldn’t participate in those decisions to avoid conflicts of interest.

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Mayor Pulido sit together at the mayor’s table at the state of the city address in June. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek/Voice of OC).

By Adam Elmahrek
April 15, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will be clearing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido of any criminal wrongdoing related to a property swap between the mayor and a city contractor, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

There could be more dark clouds forming for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: April 14, 2015 – 9:43 a.m.

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, has raised more than $400,000 for his re-election campaign since Jan. 1, newly filed federal records show.

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

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/15, 9:46 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO>> County supervisors are demanding action in response to a video that shows sheriff’s deputies punching and kicking a suspect after he attempted to surrender at the end of a lengthy pursuit last week.

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Ontario International Airport

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied Ontario’s request that Los Angeles be compelled to release 399 documents in a lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/15, 11:17 AM PDT | Updated: 11 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied a request requiring Los Angeles to release documents sought by Ontario, which the city’s attorneys say will help show why it should prevail in its lawsuit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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LAO

By Chris Megerian
April 14, 2015

California’s drought has threatened farmers, ski resorts and golf courses, but it’s unlikely to do much damage to the state’s overall economy or budget, according to a new report.

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U-T San Diego: Commission seeks Edison emails

CPUC

Regulators are considering sanctions for utility over Warsaw meeting

By Jeff McDonald
April 14, 2015 – 5:35 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Southern California Edison to turn over all documents related to the potential settlement of the San Onofre closure dated between March 2013 and November 2014.

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calpers

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
04/14/2015 5:54 PM

CalPERS is about to raise pension contribution rates again, this time by more than 9 percent, a move that will cost state government and local school districts nearly $600 million.

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California Courts of Appeal

By Matt Stevens
April 14, 2015

An appellate court ruling due by next week could put a glitch in plans to reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of slashing urban water use by 25% statewide.

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Jim McDonnell

“We will not compromise our hiring standards,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told supervisors on Tuesday. “I’d rather work short-staffed than hire the wrong people for our organization.” (Nick Ut/Associated Press)

By Abby Sewell
April 14, 2015

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launches a major hiring push, county officials are concerned that it will have a hard time filling hundreds of positions without compromising hiring standards.

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Hillary Clinton

By David Martosko
US Political Editor for Dailymail.com
Published: 10:44 EST, 14 April 2015 | Updated: 10:51 EST, 14 April 2015

Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them.

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InlandPolitics: System upgrade complete

Server Upgrade

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com is pleased to announce that a database migration to an upgraded solid-state hard drive server platform was completed at 06:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Website bandwidth has been increased from 750GB to 2TB.

The Clinton’s pulled the hard drives from their now famous server and replaced then with the new technology prior to sale.

Enjoy the faster website response time!

And as always, thank you for your continued readership.

InlandPolitics: Opinion: Blurred lines and backslapping

SBCO

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County, California’s warped political and governmental structure is finally coming at a cost.

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water-dam

By Bettina Boxall
April 13, 2015

Southern California’s water wholesaler Tuesday is poised to impose a 15% cut in water deliveries to local cities and water districts, a move that would bolster Gov. Jerry Brown’s aggressive statewide conservation effort in the fourth year of withering drought.

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KNBC

Man whose police beating was caught on tape: I’ll sue

By M. Alex Johnson and Hallie Jackson
April 13, 2015

Francis Pusok, the California man seen on video being beaten by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies after he stole a horse last week, told NBC News on Monday that he was handcuffed during “99 percent” of the pummeling and unable to protect himself.

Then, after the beating was ending, Pusok says a deputy whispered in his ear: “This isn’t over.”

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Daily Press: Out on bail, Pusok in high demand

Microphone

Suspect in horse chase due in court June 16.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM
Updated Apr 13, 2015 at 6:57 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Outside the home where Francis Pusok is staying, a carry-out pizza was left on what appeared to be a tool rack or scaffolding on the porch.

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John Scott

Sachi Hamai, right, then-executive officer to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, administers the oath of office to interim Sheriff John Scott on Jan. 30, 2014. Hamai is now the county’s interim chief executive officer and Scott has been replaced by Sheriff Jim McDonnell. (Allen J. Schaben)

By Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014

Los Angeles County officials plan to spend more than $100 million over the next year to reduce abuses in the county’s crowded jails, improve treatment of mentally ill inmates and divert others with mental health issues from entering lockups.

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Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

By Jose A. DelReal
April 13 at 6:30 PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement Monday that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination makes him the fourth major candidate to announce a White House bid in the last three weeks — and he could be the last big candidate to join the fray until late May.

Here’s what we know about several candidates’ timelines:

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Francis Pusok - Mug Shot Photo

Deputies surround Francis Jared Pusok on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Apple Valley, as seen in a image from helicopter video from NBC 4. Pusok is suspected of stealing the horse seen in the video. Ten deputies have been put on leave in the case. They apparently beat and Tased Pusok during the takedown. (Image from YouTube video)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/13/15 – 7:44 AM PDT |

Francis Pusok, the Apple Valley man seen beaten by sheriff’s deputies on news video following a pursuit, was released on bail Sunday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s booking information shows.

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Police Radio

By Jane Yamamoto and Willian Avila
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 09:21 a.m.

An attorney for a man beaten by sheriff’s deputies after a pursuit in the San Bernardino County high desert said his office was searching for dispatch recordings after two women came forward saying they heard the takedown over police scanners.

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Cassie MacDuff

Published: April 10, 2015
Updated: April 12, 2015 6:43 p.m.

The appalling beating, caught on news-chopper video, of a suspect by a swarm of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies only perpetuates the stereotype of the department as a cowboy boots-wearing, bleep-kicking, Wild West throwback.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lakeside Tower

Lakeside Tower is among 17 buildings that are part of the Tri-City Corporate Centre complex that was sold to new owners as part of the largest office space in Inland Empire history, according to the real estate brokerage firm CBRE. (Courtesy photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/12/15, 7:48 PM PDT

In another sign of the region’s rebounding economy, the largest sale of office space in Inland Empire history, according to CBRE, the Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage company that facilitated the deal, closed last month.

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Money

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/12/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

DIAMOND BAR — When Republican state Sen. Bob Huff campaigns for Los Angeles County supervisor next year, he’ll use roughly $300,000 he raised for a different race to help him compete.

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Mike Antonovich

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has held his seat representing northern L.A. County for almost 35 years. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
April 12, 2015

Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich won’t leave office until the end of next year. But the race to succeed him already has drawn seven candidates, with one high-profile elected official expected to join the field any day and another seriously considering running.

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Hillary Clinton

April 12, 2015: It was reported that Hillary Clinton officially launched her 2016 presidential campaign. (File/Getty Images)

April 12, 2015
Updated April 13, 2015 6:52 a.m.

By BLOOMBERG

Within an hour of her campaign’s digital launch Sunday, the tweet Hillary Clinton posted to announce her second bid for the presidency had been viewed 3 million times.

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George Soros

Billionaire financier George Soros helped launch Democracy Alliance, an organization that advises wealthy liberal donors. The alliance is urging its members to invest tens of millions in groups working to help Democrats regain influence in state legislatures. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

By Matea Gold
April 12, 2015 at 9:00 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort that has reshaped statehouses across the country.

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Hillary Clinton

By Robert Costa
April 11, 2015

The deluge of derision this weekend from Republicans responding to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential launch is the start of a highly coordinated effort by national GOP leaders and conservative groups to effectively begin the general-election campaign against the likely Democratic nominee.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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San Bernardino County Sheriff
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies beat and kick Francis Pusok on April 9 near Apple Valley after Pusok fled from them in a car and on horseback. (KNBC-TV, Associated Press)

By Paloma Esquivel, Richard Winton and Cindy Chang
April 11, 2015

After leading authorities on a nearly three-hour pursuit by car and horseback, Francis Pusok was lying face down in the dirt with his hands clasped behind his back as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies moved in.

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Apple Valley

Apple Valley is grabbing headlines after video images of police beating a man are broadcast across the country.

Published: April 11, 2015 – Updated: 8:46 p.m.

The national spotlight is shining on Apple Valley after images of police punching and kicking a man were broadcast across the country.

It’s unfortunate the desert town is grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons, say residents and civic leaders.

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

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: April 9, 2015 – Updated: 4:46 p.m.

The family of a Moreno Valley man who died following a videotaped altercation with police outside a fast-food restaurant is set to receive $5.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit against Riverside County, according to court records.

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

By Ryan Carter, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15, 7:32 PM PDT

They can’t take a vote and make it rain, but as they began their spring session last week, Inland Empire legislators were listening to a chorus of local water leaders in their districts, who say they need tools and money to enforce unprecedented water restrictions, build new water infrastructure and preserve the region’s fair share of funding from recent water legislation.

Why should people care?

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The New York Times: Grandmama Mia!

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
Sunday Review | Op-Ed Columnist
April 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — WHEN my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
April 11, 2015 at 12:08 PM

When Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in Iowa next week as a candidate for president in 2016, every statement, gesture, laugh, outfit, facial expression and interaction with voters will be put under a microscope the likes of which few, if any, previous candidates have experienced.

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The Hill: New York, California Dems square off over Iran

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
04/11/15 – 11:34 AM EDT

Democrats are badly split on geographic and political lines over whether to support or oppose a bill allowing Congress to review and possibly vote on a nuclear deal with Iran.

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ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15 – 2:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

SBCO Sheriff Badge

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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city-of-riverside-seal

City officials are wondering how to handle accusations against employees without squashing free speech at council meetings.

Published: April 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:31 p.m.

The day after a Riverside City Council meeting where a resident made scandalous accusations about city employees, the city yanked the video from its website and refused to broadcast it on cable, instead re-running an old meeting.

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

LA_Ontario International Airport

Another piece of the Ontario v Los Angeles lawsuit for control of Ontario International Airport has gone before a state appellate court. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: April 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:32 p.m.

The lawsuit between the city of Ontario and Los Angeles over ownership of Ontario International Airport is months from its Aug. 17 trial date, but for the second time in this year, a piece of the case has gone to state appellate court.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters union sues city

San Bernardino Seal

The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of suits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/15, 6:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, talks with supporters Friday evening at Don Ramon’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. (Christopher Cadelago ccadelago@sacbee.com)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
04/11/2015 – 9:18 AM

SAN FRANCISCO

Venturing far outside her Orange County district, Rep. Loretta Sanchez gave a passionate, campaign-style talk here Friday evening, offering the strongest indication yet that she intends to enter the sleepy contest to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

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U-T San Diego: Hotel notes show San Onofre deal hatched early

top secret

Framework was set in Poland, before public process began
By Jeff McDonald
April 10, 2015 – Updated 9:00 p.m.

Notes of a March 2013 secret meeting at a luxury hotel in Warsaw show that a $4.7 billion deal to divide shutdown costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant was largely in place a year before any provisions were made known to the public.

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California Public Radio: California Revenues Strong In March

California Seal

Katie Orr
Friday, April 10, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

The California Controller reports today General Fund revenues for March came in $547 million above projections.

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InlandPolitics: FBI to investigate High Desert use of force incident

FBI Logo

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 03:45 P.M.

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice has entered into Thursday’s tape recorded use of force incident caught on tape by Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV 4, involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, who appear to use excessive force in the apprehension of a suspect after a long pursuit involving an automobile and horseback.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s Department takes another blow

SBSO Sheriff

Friday, April 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon couldn’t buy good news if he tried.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/15, 8:14 PM PDT |

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos pleaded not guilty Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court to felony charges of smuggling drugs into a county jail.

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Ron Calderon

Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) sits at his desk during a Senate session last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on about 10 staff members in the California Legislature who may be called as witnesses in the August corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, Capitol sources confirmed Thursday.

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CPUC

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Thursday, April 9, 2015 – Updated 9:14 pm

Minutes after the California Public Utilities Commission levied a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Thursday for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, the state’s top regulator said the utility is still plagued by gas-system problems, shrugs off even the harshest sanctions and may be too big to operate safely.

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U-T San Diego: Judge will hear San Onofre suit

San Onofre Steam Generators

Replacement steam generators for San Onofre arrive in Oceanside in 2009. They turned out to be flawed.

San Diego group contested ratepayer costs for shutdown
By Jeff McDonald
April 8, 2015 – 1:24 p.m.

A federal judge wants to hear in person why the decision to charge customers billions of dollars for the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant is a fair deal for ratepayers.

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Orange County Seal

Orange County officials Thursday called for the resignation of a superior court judge who cut 15 years off the minimum 25 year sentence of a man convicted of sodomizing a 3-year-old girl.

By Emily Foxhall
April 9, 2015

In more than 15 years on the bench, Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly said, he had never run into a case like the 19-year-old child molester facing a minimum 25-year prison term.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Exclusive aerial footage showed a group of up to five sheriff’s deputies kicking and punching a man who lead officials on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley before 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Published Thursday, Apr 9, 2015)

By Jason Kandel and Tony Shin
Thursday, April 9, 2015

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon ordered an immediate internal investigation Thursday into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NewsChopper4.

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SEIU

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/15, 7:38 PM PDT

Service Employees International Union Local 721 dealt another blow to San Bernardino County’s largest labor union when it announced Wednesday that 671 Superior Court employees would be leaving the San Bernardino Public Employees Association and joining the SEIU.

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Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/08/15, 8:56 PM PDT |

Attorneys for Ontario are petitioning the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside to reverse a ruling upholding the decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Daily Press: McMahon stands by department’s Taser policy

SBCO Sheriff Badge

By Anneli Fogt, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday stood by the department’s use-of-force training procedures and Taser guidelines weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued the department alleging they withheld requested documents surrounding Taser policies and use.

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Rod Pacheco

Former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco provided the Moreno Valley City Council with ethics reform suggestions. (Silvia Flores/File Photo)

Published: April 8, 2015 – 3:55 p.m.

Moreno Valley leaders got ethics reform suggestions from former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco but continue pondering what rule changes, if any, they might make.

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

Unpaid Fines

By John Howard
Posted 04.08.2015

With one in six California drivers – about 4.2 million people — having suspended licenses because they can’t pay court fines, a lawmaker has proposed reducing the suspensions in non-violent cases and setting up an amnesty program to help motorists.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
April 9, 2015

Actuaries recommend a $487.2 million annual increase in state payments to CalPERS in the new fiscal year that begins in July, an increase for state worker pensions of about 10 percent to $4.9 billion.

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Drought

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/08/15, 9:14 AM PDT |

Several cities in Southern California will have to reduce water use by as much as 35 percent under a new conservation schedule released by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 5:02 pm

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

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GOP

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Writer
April 8, 2015 – Updated April 9, 2015 – 7:03 a.m.

Presidential candidates continue to parade into town to meet Orange County’s famously wealthy and generous Republican donors – seven hopefuls so far this year, including three this week alone.

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InlandPolitics: Twist develops in California Charter Academy prosecution

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A twist has developed in the long-running California Charter Academy prosecution.

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Reality Check

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s forcing residents to cut water use in light of the drought-induced water shortage.

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Crude OIl

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Energy traders must have had a good time over the past week.

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Ontario

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 3:49 p.m.

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

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