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The Orange County Register: Hot-button initiatives fill November ballot

Ballot Measures

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 23, 2016

A list of 20 or so ballot measures can turn into a mind-numbing journey to obscure corners of government financing and bureaucracy.

Not this time.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 23, 2016 – 4:24 PM

  • Gov. Brown wants to raise taxes for more repairs
  • However, public is opposed to paying more at pump
  • Republicans demanding CEQA reforms

California’s highways are in bad shape and getting worse every day, with a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling tens of billions of dollars.

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InlandPolitics: Great Britain citizens vote to leave EU

Brexit text with British and Eu flags illustration

Thursday, June 23, 2016 – 11:30 p.m.

Great Britain citizens have voted to leave the European Union.

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U.S. Supreme Court

By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
Jun 23, 2016 – 10:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

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SBCO

The state Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice announced Wednesday morning its investigation into San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services and allegations that children are repeatedly placed into abusive homes, where they have been severely abused, some to the point of death.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/22/16 – 12:05 PM PDT |

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday her office is investigating allegations of systemic failures in San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services, prompted by horrific tales of children repeatedly being placed into abusive homes where they died or were severely abused.

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U.C. Irvine

By Roxana Kopetman / Staff Writer
June 22, 2016 – Updated 10:38 p.m.

IRVINE – The College Republicans at UCI was banned from meeting on much of the campus – hours after university administrators learned that the Republican youth plan to bring back a controversial speaker to campus before the November election.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
June 22, 2016 – 2:20 PM

  • Ex-Los Angeles mayor calls her an ‘independent thinker’
  • Sanchez: ‘I will work with leaders across the aisle’
  • Harris has strong support from Democrats and leads in poll

Democrat Loretta Sanchez’s gambit to attract dissident Republicans to her U.S. Senate campaign received a shot of encouragement Wednesday with the endorsement of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

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InlandPolitics: California AG announces San Bernardino County CFS probe

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a Wednesday morning presser, announced that a “probe” is underway into negligence allegations against San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS).

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The Sun: Public employees’ pay packages questioned

Money

Joe Nelson, The Sun
Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 10:09 PM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday.

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Ontario International Airport

Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, SCNG)

By Liset Márquez, liset.marquez@langnews.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 06/21/16 – 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Following years of lobbying, Congress has taken a key step in putting L.A./Ontario International Airport into local hands.

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fppc logo

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
June 21, 2016 – 4:05 PM

  • Loopholes allow consultants to influence legislation without registering with the state
  • FPPC held a public meeting Tuesday to gather comment on the proposed change

California’s political watchdog is considering a regulatory change to draw “shadow lobbyists,” consultants paid to influence legislation, into the public eye.

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Greg Devereaux

In 2015, San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s total compensation was $549,803, up about $60,000 from the previous year, according to website Transparent California.

By Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 8:21 AM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday, June 21.

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Riverside County Seal

Both made the case for public safety spending as supervisors stress need for savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 20, 2016
Updated:   June 21, 2016 – 6:59 a.m.

In recent years, Riverside County supervisors have given the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices extra money on top of the millions they get to protect the public, even as other departments went without new county funding.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday saw a budget for the 12 months that begin July 1 that anticipates aggressively filling some of the 130 vacancies in the city while maintaining a small surplus.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
June 20, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but he nonetheless should serve time in prison for lying to federal investigators during a probe into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. attorney’s office has concluded.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 20, 2016 – 4:12 PM

  • May’s auction realized just 2 percent of expected revenue
  • Analysts believe conditions bode ill for future offerings
  • Auction meltdown has placed hold on billions in spending

When California’s “cap-and-trade” auction of carbon emission allowances imploded a month ago, it clobbered ambitious plans by Capitol politicians to spend many billions of dollars.

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The Sun: San Bernardino headed toward unexpected budget surplus

San Bernardino City Hall

San Bernardino City Hall. (File photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/16 – 10:25 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city spent less money and brought in more than it had expected in the fiscal year that ends June 30, according to budget documents the City Council will review Monday.

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Medical Marijuana

Phil Willon
June 19, 2016 – 2:05 P.M.

The California Democratic Party on Sunday stayed true to its left-leaning political ideals, voting to support ballot initiatives to legalize pot and repeal the death penalty.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Father’s Day

happy-fathers-day

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish all Dad’s a Happy and Safe Father’s day.

Budget Woes

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 12:00 a.m.

The economy is supposed to be doing just fine. Property taxes have all but fully recovered along with real estate prices.

But Inland Empire governments are expressing caution when discussing their finances.

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City-of-Highland

Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:04 PM PDT |

It’s official. The cities of Highland and Yucaipa will hold district-based elections in November.

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Money Squeeze

By Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise
and Cassie MacDuff, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:56 PM PDT |

Calimesa is just the latest city to hit the wall with Riverside County’s demands for more spending on public safety contracts.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 18, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Harris vs. Sanchez will be first statewide top-two test
  • What happens will set template for future contests
  • Sanchez hopes Republicans, independents help her

California has had its brief moment of semi-relevance in this year’s wild and woolly presidential contest and Hillary Clinton can now safely count on its 55 electoral votes.

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Riverside County Seal

Despite big funding shortfall, no employee layoffs or furloughs are planned.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 17, 2016 Updated: June 18, 2016 6:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget plan calls for using reserve funds to close a $60.9 million shortfall, but no layoffs or furloughs are planned, according to a report from the county executive office.

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Moreno Valley seal

The focus of the legal challenges, for now, is on three initiatives that the City Council adopted.

By Imran Ghori / Staff WRiter
Published:  June 17, 2016
Updated:    June 18, 2016 – 6:30 a.m.

A legal battle over the World Logistics Center will continue through at least the summer as opponents and Moreno Valley square off over whether the city violated state law in approving three developer-backed initiatives.

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Death Penalty

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Jun. 18, 2016 – 12:24 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will be asked to do away with the nation’s largest death row after the secretary of state’s office said the repeal measure qualified for the November ballot on Friday.

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Jobs

Health services was one of the industries that added the most jobs in May.

Natalie Kitroeff
June 17, 2016

California’s job growth continued in May as employers added 15,200 people to their payrolls, according to a state data release.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves toward bankruptcy exit

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 16, 2016 – 3:51 PM

  • Budget total remained same, despite new spending
  • Shift to bonds for jails lubricated negotiations
  • Borrowing undercuts Brown’s stance on debt

The state budget that’s sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk – $122 billion in general fund spending – is almost exactly the dimensions of what he had proposed in January and revised slightly in May.

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InlandPolitics: Pension fund resorts to 30 year performance measure

SBCO

Thursday, June 16, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

You know things are getting tough when a pension fund starts mentioning its 30-year average average return in its investment reports.

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Notice

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 10:45 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has confirmed the existence of an active investigation, being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), into multiple San Bernardino County governmental agencies.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/15/16, 5:56 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a $5.4 billion proposed budget and more than $12 million will be allocated for security enhancements following the Dec. 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center.

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The Sun: Loma Linda council members sworn in for new terms

Loma Linda Seal

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/14/16, 11:40 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> Three council members have begun new four-year terms, following the cancellation of the city’s June election because of a lack of opposition.

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Daily Press: Victorville adopts balanced $183.7M budget

Victorville

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    June 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Updated: June 15, 2016 at 5:49 PM

  • Projected $56.1M general fund revenues up 3 percent

VICTORVILLE — The City Council adopted its fiscal year 2016-17 budget late Tuesday, predicting $183.7 million in city spending, including the general fund, with an additional $35 million in capital costs.

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Rialto-Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/15/16 – 6:12 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> A majority of city council members said they want voters to decide on Nov. 8 who will replace former Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell, who died from a medical issue June 5 in Loma Linda.

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The Sacramento Bee (AP): California Budget: By the numbers

California Budget

California
The Associated Press
June 15, 2016 6:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

California lawmakers have approved a $122.5 billion budget that funds state government for 2016-17. The budget was negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, and the top two legislative leaders, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Paramount and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, of Los Angeles.

Here’s a look at what’s in it, and some things that are not.

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By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/14/16 – 1:31 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> “Everybody makes a difference.”

That was the mantra Rialto City Councilman and former police sergeant Shawn O’Connell lived by, family and friends said Tuesday.

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California Capitol

California State Capitol in Sacramento.

By Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
Jun. 15, 2016 – 1:24 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a state budget that boosts funding for safety net programs while socking away billions of dollars to prepare for a recession.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 14, 2016 – 3:52 PM

  • Capitol politicians sneak measures through process
  • Ballot measure would require waiting period
  • Legislature responds with its own proposal

The timing could not have been more perfect.

As dozens of state budget “trailer bills” were being given their first public airing Monday, in another part of the Capitol legislators were mulling whether the public should be given more time to review legislation before it is passed.

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Bob Huff

Bob Huff, candidate running for the 5th District LA County Supervisors seat.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/14/16 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A week after California’s primary election, the race for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s seat continued to be too close to call Tuesday, with more votes still to be counted.

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SEIU

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
June 14, 2016 – 3:44 PM

  • Union president, three vice presidents would share $143,000 under plan
  • Leading dissident says proposal ‘will destroy union democracy’
  • Previous Local 1000 stipend proposals have stalled

Prepare for another round of infighting if you’re in SEIU Local 1000.

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InlandPolitics: Robert Lovingood vote total shrinks again

Robert Lovingood

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood now faces a battle for reelection to a second term.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Things don’t look so hot for County Supervisor Robert Lovingood after updated election results were released Monday evening.

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gavel

Governor wants to shift positions; Legislature wants more spots. Either way, Inland Empire loses.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2016
Updated:   June 14, 2016 – 9:12 a.m.

The Inland region’s chronic shortage of judges is now caught in a political tug-of-war between a plan favored by Gov. Jerry Brown and another favored by Democratic lawmakers.

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Ontario International Airport

Documents cited by attorneys representing Ontario detail several instances in which Los Angeles World Airports appeared to direct key personnel to focus efforts on Los Angeles International Airport rather than ONT. With luggage in tow, a traveler checks in at the ticket counter LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/13/16 – 7:03 PM PDT |

POMONA >> At a conference Monday aimed at boosting regional connectivity between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley, territorial and financial issues created a lack of agreement on the best way to move people and solve cross-county gridlock.

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Tim Donnelly

8th Congressional District candidate Tim Donnelly. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 13, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

  • Former Assemblyman behind 847 votes to Ramirez as of Monday

Former Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly carved ever so slightly into Democrat Dr. Rita Ramirez’ second-place edge Monday in the 8th Congressional District race, but the window to catch up continued to tighten.

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Clock Strikes Twelve

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
June 13, 2016 – 3:28 PM

  • Measure would ax daylight saving time in California
  • Author notes lack of energy savings, workplace accidents
  • Voters would need to approve change

With little debate, a bill to end California’s observance of daylight saving time cleared its first committee on Monday.

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Pipe Dreams

Turning a San Bernardino neighborhood into a lake? Building Branson West in Moreno Valley and RogersDale in Temecula (or Murrieta)? Here are 5 projects that never made it past the drawing board.

Published: June 11, 2016
Updated: June 12, 2016 – 8:52 a.m.

They were grand plans.

Plans that, if you believed the cheerleaders, would have created a sparkling water-themed paradise in a dangerous city, transformed a recession-battered bedroom community into Branson West, brought world-class sporting events to relatively boring Riverside and revived the dying Salton Sea with salty ocean water piped in from 160 miles away.

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Ontario International Airport

Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/11/16 – 6:12 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Next month would have marked a major milestone in the process of turning over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport to a local authority.

But there’s one problem: Government doesn’t always work quickly.

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Orange County Sheriff

Associated Press
Posted:     06/11/2016 – 11:47:28 PM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2016 – 11:48:01 PM PDT

SANTA ANA — Authorities in Orange County have acknowledged an extensive log detailing the handling of jailhouse informants was kept by sheriff’s deputies but never released despite court hearings last year over the use of snitches in the high-profile case of a mass killer.

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Politico: Furious GOP donors stew over Trump

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 Trump’s fundraisers, who acknowledge the challenge they face, are also taking steps to expand their candidate’s limited donor network.

By Alex Isenstadt
06/11/16 – 03:01 PM EDT

  • At an exclusive Park City retreat, some of the Republican Party’s top financiers lashed out at their nominee.

PARK CITY, Utah — Donald Trump is trying to win over a skeptical Republican donor class, but they’ve closed their wallets — and they’re angry.

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Paul Vincent Avila+Paul Leon

Paul Vincent Avila, left, and Paul Leon exchange words after Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting. (Photo by David Allen)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/09/16 – 3:00 PM PDT |

After months of relative calm, an Ontario City Council meeting took a sharp turn this week when Councilman Paul Vincent Avila insulted Mayor Paul Leon’s intelligence, uttered a profanity and briefly blocked the mayor’s exit.

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black ribbon

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/09/16 – 9:44 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> A memorial service will be held for Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Church, Rialto Police Chief Randy DeAnda said Thursday.

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Calculator

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
June 9, 2016 – 5:01 PM

  • It would repeal limit on welfare payments for people who have more children
  • Deal boosts state’s rainy-day reserve by $2 billion
  • Wednesday is deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature have reached agreement on a budget for the coming fiscal year that repeals a long-criticized rule limiting welfare payments for people who have more children, as well as making an optional $2 billion deposit into the state’s rainy-day reserve.

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Hand Gun open carry

By Paul Elias
Associated Press
June 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

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Scales of Justice

Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 9, 2016 – Updated 10:49 p.m.

Secret notes kept by Orange County sheriff’s deputies on jailhouse informants appear to contradict testimony given by deputies during legal hearings for confessed Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Dekraai, prosecutors said late Thursday.

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Daily Press: Experts: Lovingood may have early edge, but Valles has opportunity

Angela Valles

Angela Valles speaks at a candidate forum earlier this year. (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press)
1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM
Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Anticipation of the November face-off between Robert Lovingood and Angela Valles officially started Wednesday, even though Valles, a former Victorville City Councilwoman, would likely argue it had been growing since February, planted when she announced her candidacy.

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Janice Hahn

U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn checks the video screen as election returns come in late Tuesday in her race for Los Angeles County supervisor. She faces a November runoff with Steve Napolitano. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell and David Zahniser
June 8, 2016

A political newcomer running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors staged an election-night surprise, inching past several better-known and better-funded opponents and possibly securing a spot in the Nov. 8 runoff, according to initial results.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
June 8, 2016 – 5:51 PM

  • Harris more than doubled Sanchez’s vote percentage
  • Sanchez will have to increase fundraising clip to compete
  • Republican donors are considering financial support

State Attorney General Kamala Harris carried at least 50 of 58 California counties in the U.S. Senate primary Tuesday, collecting twice the percentage of votes that went to fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez.

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Bullet Train

A bullet train passes over Yongdinghe Bridge in Beijing. (Jiao Hongtao / Xinhua /AP Photo)

Julie Makinen
June 8, 2016

Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off.

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Must be 21

Smokers have to be 21 and older to buy tobacco products in California under a new law that takes effect Thursday.

By Alicia Chang, Associated Press
June 8, 2016, at 8:31 p.m.

The Associated Press —

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Rodriguez was 15 years old when he smoked his first cigarette. He knows how addictive smoking can be and hopes a new California law raising the smoking age will discourage young people from taking up the habit.

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city-of-riverside-seal

The city’s next mayor will serve a four-year term an earn an annual salary of $82,764

By Alicia Robinson – Staff Writer
Published: June 6, 2016
Updated: June 8, 2016 7:31 a.m.

UPDATE (7:26 a.m.): Vote count updated.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey won re-election Tuesday evening, defeating Councilman Paul Davis and five others for a second term, based unofficial election returns.

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The Sun: Recall of San Bernardino councilman called off

Fred Shorett

Fred Shorett

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/06/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The recall campaign against Councilman Fred Shorett is over with none of the required signatures delivered by Friday’s deadline.

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Daily Press: Records: Parker settlement is $250K

SBCO

COURTS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     Jun. 6, 2016 at 5:54 PM
Updated:  Jun 6, 2016 at 6:05 PM

  • Deal awaiting court approval before being finalized

A global settlement for $250,000 agreed upon by legal counsel for San Bernardino County and attorneys representing family members of Dan’te Parker is awaiting court approval before it’s finalized, records show.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 06/06/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

Former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering as part of a plea deal in a federal corruption case before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder. Calderon also implicated his brother, who still faces federal corruption charges.

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Texas Flag + California Flag

Jacobs Engineering Group brings in $12 billion in annual revenue and employs some 64,000 people.

Natalie Kitroeff
June 6, 2016

Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest engineering companies, is preparing to move employees from its Pasadena headquarters to Dallas, becoming the latest major corporation to relocate significant operations from California to Texas.

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Daily Bulletin: Rialto Councilman Shawn O’Connell found dead in Loma Linda

Rialto-Seal

By John M. Blodgett, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/16 – 6:26 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> Shawn O’Connell, 48, of Rialto, a current city councilman and retired Rialto police sergeant, was found dead Sunday morning in Loma Linda, according to law enforcement news releases. There were no signs of foul play.

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Pay Cut

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/16 – 4:00 PM PDT |

A funding cut of $754 million statewide means the loss of half of all annual state transportation funds for projects — some underway — in the San Bernardino region, officials said.

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Calpensions: CalPERS ex-CEO sentenced, but probe continues

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By Ed Mendel
June 6, 2016

A former CalPERS chief executive officer, Fred Buenrostro, was sentenced to 4½ years in prison last week for taking bribes, including $200,000 in cash, from a former CalPERS board member, Alfred Villalobos, who collected about $50 million in fees from private equity firms for helping them get investments from the big pension fund.

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Inland Empire

By Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/04/16 – 8:32 PM PDT | U

RIVERSIDE >> Inland Southern California’s long boom might be over, researchers suggested this week at UC Riverside.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Pending bill aimed at overturning Supreme Court ruling
  • However, it denounces practice that California allows
  • Politicians rail against campaign money, but take it

State legislators – more precisely, Democratic legislators – worked themselves into a lather last month over what one called “the pernicious and pervasive role of money in politics.”

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InlandPolitics: Primary election outcomes into focus

United States presidential election, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016 – 03:30 p.m.

Well the much talked about California Primary Election is before us.

Then things will get dull until the presidential nominating conventions. One can expect more policy speeches and sniping between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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SBCO Seal

Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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SEBA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/16 – 9:17 PM PDT |

Officials with the labor union representing San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said Friday that prison realignment and a shortage of deputies has prompted a safety campaign that has delayed the transport of inmates to court.

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Elections 2016

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
June 3, 2016 – 6:17 PM

  • More than 646,000 people added to rolls since early April
  • Democrats represent three-quarters of increase as Clinton and Sanders battle for state’s support
  • Republicans also showed an increase, but party’s proportion of the electorate fell to 27.29 percent

Almost 18 million Californians can participate in Tuesday’s election, according to updated registration numbers released Friday, which show that the state’s voter rolls grew by almost 646,000 in the weeks before last week’s registration deadline.

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Hillary Clinton Logo

Melanie Mason
June 3, 2016

Two standbys of Hillary Clinton’s stump speech — riffs on guns and national security — assumed added resonance in San Bernardino, the city that was shaken by a terrorist attack six months ago.

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Bloomberg: Employers in U.S. Add Fewest Workers in Almost Six Years

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Sho Chandra
Published: June 3, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT
Updated:   June 3, 2016 — 6:04 AM PDT

Employers in May added the fewest number of workers in almost six years, reflecting broad cutbacks that may raise concern about U.S. growth and prompt Federal Reserve policy makers to put off an increase in interest rates.

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Colton-seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/16 – 7:50 PM PDT |

COLTON >> Faced with a dwindling general fund — used to pay most city expenses, from police to parks — but enjoying surpluses in the city-run electrical fund, city officials are asking voters’ permission to use more electrical money for other purposes.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives an address on national security on Thursday in San Diego. (AP Photo/John Locher)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/02/16 – 6:07 PM PDT |

Hillary Clinton will be on campus at Cal State San Bernardino this evening to spend some time with San Bernardino-area residents.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Surveillance video of shooting reportedly missing seconds of footage

By Paola Baker
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Attorneys representing the family of a Barstow man fatally shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies last fall claim witnesses were intimidated and harassed by investigators.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 2, 2016 – 5:35 PM

  • Early hopes of California impact on GOP race faded
  • But then Democratic duel became too close to call
  • Were Clinton to lose here, it would be a major blow

A month ago, it seemed that California’s voters might play an unaccustomed role in choosing a Republican presidential candidate.

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State Bar of California

John Myers
June 2, 2016 – 4:50 P.M.

Two days of private negotiations among lawmakers resulted Thursday in brand-new legislation that would change the State Bar of California’s governing board and examine the idea of a major overhaul of the quasi-state agency.

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InlandPolitics: District Attorney pulls records from High Desert agencies

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney has requested records from at least three High-Desert public agencies.

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Citizens Business Bank Arena

Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, built and is owned by the City of Ontario and is operated by AEG, one of the nation’s top entertainment presenters. (File Photo)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/01/16 – 2:16 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Management of the Citizens Business Bank Arena is switching from AEG Facilities to Ontario Convention Center operator SMG, officials announced Wednesday.

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Money

Phil Willon and Maloy Moore
June 1, 2016

The top two Democrats in California’s U.S. Senate race have raised more than a combined $12 million for their campaigns, but many of the state’s most generous and loyal campaign donors have yet to crack open their wallets.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is in favor of renewing the ban on assault rifles. She addresses a crowd of about 120 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Laguna Beach. Harris and Loretta Sanchez are campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Harris.0129.cy 01/28/16– CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Attorney General Kamala Harris hugs supporters as she makes a campaign stop in Loretta Sanchez's backyard at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship in Laguna Beach.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai. (Cindy Yamanaka – File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 1, 2016 – Updated 10:10 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.

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