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InlandPolitics: No third run for Romney


Friday, January 30, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

News outlets are reporting that Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will not make a third run for President of the United States.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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By David Siders
01/29/2015 3:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Even as it was reported that state investigators seized computers and other items from Michael Peevey’s home, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered only praise for the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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He also took aim at Republican arguments that a lapse in DHS funding would not be ‘the end of the world.’

By Lauren French
1/29/15 8:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama vowed to House Democrats on Thursday night that he would “happily” veto any legislation that would “compound” the country’s immigration problems — posing yet another challenge to Republican efforts to pass a Homeland Security spending bill by next month’s deadline.

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DailyBulletin: ONT airport passenger activity rises in 2014

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/27/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

ONTARIO >> Annual passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is up for the first time since 2007, according to passenger figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Tuesday.

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Riverside County Sheriff

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:49 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has asked a judge to prevent the county from requiring deputies to use body-mounted video cameras, asserting that officials failed to negotiate the use of the new equipment.

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

Mike Ramos

During a news conference in November, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said about 60 warrants had been served. But that number has since changed to 35, and prosecutors are not saying why.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/15, 8:44 PM PST |

Authorities have no legal basis to block public access to dozens of search warrants filed in San Bernardino Superior Court in the McStay family murder case, according to a motion filed Wednesday by an attorney representing 18 news organizations.

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Posted Jan. 28, 2015 @ 7:37 pm
Updated Jan 28, 2015 at 7:42 PM

ADELANTO — Geo Group Inc., a global for-profit prison operator, has decided to vacate plans to construct a 1,050-bed facility in the city, officials said Wednesday.

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federal reserve

By Jim Puzzanghera
January 27, 2015

Federal Reserve policymakers kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future hikes, even though they issued a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.

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Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin speaks at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By Karen Tumulty
January 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM

They’re over her.

Sarah Palin’s odd, rambling speech last weekend before an audience of committed conservative activists in Des Moines has many influential voices on the right saying that the time has come to acknowledge that the romance has gone cold and the marriage is dead.

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David Koch+Charles Koch

Koch brothers David (left) and Charles Koch. (Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack, Associated Press)

By Carla Marinucci
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Updated 9:40 am

The billionaire Koch brothers’ intention to spend nearly $900 million on conservative candidates and causes in the 2016 election cycle will unleash a tidal wave of cash that will swamp the political landscape even in solidly blue California, experts said Tuesday.

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AP: Record iPhone Sales Drive Blowout Quarter for Apple

Apple Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO — Jan 27, 2015, 5:56 PM ET
By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer
Associated Press

Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
January 27, 2015

The regulator for bailed-out housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers Tuesday that new programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3% had enough safeguards to make them as safe as loans with higher down payments.

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By Dan Walters
01/27/2015 10:39 AM

Although California’s unemployment dropped fractionally to 7 percent in December, the state stands alone with the nation’s second-highest rate, exceeded only by Mississippi’s 7.2 percent.

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By Dan Walters
01/27/2015 12:50 PM

Although California’s industrial sector has been declining for decades and today employs just 8 percent of the state’s workers, it still generates a very large portion of the state’s economic output, a new Census Bureau report indicates.

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SFChronicle: That other Bush steps in the ring

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco on Friday. Bush is considering running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (Photo: David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / © 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP)

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, January 26, 2015 – Updated 5:01 pm

Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents, who can tap into their vaunted fund-raising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. Maybe. But Jeb Bush also has a problem: He is a boring speaker.

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NationalJournal: The Rise of Dark Money and the Koch Party

National Journal

It’s time for 21st-century campaign finance reform: No limits, instant disclosure.

By Ron Fournier
January 27, 2015

This week may be remembered as the birth of the Koch Party. A usurper of the GOP and a rival to Democrats, the network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch pledged Monday to spend $889 million on the 2016 election.

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InlandPolitics: Private Equity looking at parent of Inland newspapers

The Sun

inland valley daily bulletin

Redlands Daily Facts

Related Posts: InlandPolitics: Newspaper decline continues

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Bloomberg is reporting that two private equity firms are taking a close look at a possible buyout of the parent company of The Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Redlands Daily Facts newspapers.

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Published: Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated: 2:08 p.m.

He just started a new term. But Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit is already thinking about his next one.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.


By Kelly Puente
Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated 4:25 p.m.

A group of California public school teachers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to hear a case that would decide whether public employees should be required to pay union dues.

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Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen/Files)

By Sean Sullivan
January 26, 2016 at 6:18 PM

**This post has been updated**

Senate Democrats stalled the Republican-led push to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline on Monday, dealing the first significant blow to the new Republican majority less than three weeks after being sworn in.

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Charles Koch and David Koch are backing a network of advocacy groups that plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 presidential election.

By Matea Gold
January 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — A network of conservative advocacy groups backed by Charles and David Koch aims to spend a staggering $889 million in advance of the next White House election, part of an expansive strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may involve jumping into the Republican primaries.

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InlandPolitics: GOP puts gun to its own head again

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Monday, January 26, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

You gotta hand it to the GOP.

If there’s one concept the Republican Party has really developed a fine skill for, it’s committing political suicide.

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Jerry Brown

The financial crisis has passed and the economy is rebounding, but the fight over taxes is about to resume between Governor Jerry Brown and members of the California legislature. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Juliet Williams | AP
January 25, 09:16 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown orchestrated the successful push for temporary sales and income taxes on Californians three years ago to help ease the state out of recession and close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

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Jon Ortiz

By Jon Ortiz
01/26/2015 7:31 AM

After years of making concessions to Gov. Jerry Brown, California labor leaders had hoped that the fourth-and-final-term Democrat finally would be in a giving mood.

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SacBee: Opinion: Road tax diversions and reality

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/25/2015 9:25 PM

A recent column about a growing backlog of deferred maintenance in the state highway system and the difficulty of raising more revenue for roadwork generated an unusually high number of reader reactions.

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InlandPolitics: Taxes: Here we go!


Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Well it didn’t take long for the higher tax shoe to drop in the country’s tax leader, California.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle


Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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Andrea Miller

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/23/15, 8:48 PM PST |

Covina has chosen former acting San Bernardino City Manager Andrea Miller for its top position.

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The Sun: Inland Empire jobless rate falls

unemployment down

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/23/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The Inland Empire saw a dramatic drop in unemployment last month. Its jobless rate for December was 7.2  percent, down from a revised 8  percent the previous month and 8.7  percent a year earlier, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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The PE: REDLANDS: BMW moves its logistics center east


Top officials with BMW of North America were on hand Friday for the opening of a new regional parts distribution center in Redlands

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 – Updated: 5:50 p.m.

REDLANDS – Top officials with BMW of North America were on hand Friday for the opening of a new regional parts distribution center north of I-10.

The ceremony capped a two-year project of moving BMW’s warehouse operation east from Ontario.

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


By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/23/15, 8:53 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The head of one of Southern California’s largest development companies predicted local economic growth in the coming year in a keynote speech in front of hundreds of real estate brokers at the Goldy S. Lewis Community Center in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday January 24, 2015

Online and phone based applications are creating hysteria for local, state and federal government agencies and bureaucrats.

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SacBee: Opinion: Schools get big bucks, still behind

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/24/2015 8:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says that if his 2015-16 budget is adopted, California will be spending an average of $13,462 on each of its 6 million K-12 students, or about $81 billion.

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Charles koch

FILE: Charles Koch in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

By Matea Gold
January 24, 2015 at 9:33 PM

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.— Conservative benefactor Charles Koch on Saturday called on other wealthy donors to expand their commitment to promoting free-market ideas and shrinking government, saying they would only succeed if the cause was “a central part of our lives.”

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Five years after Citizens United ruling, big money reigns

Michael Hiltzik
January 24, 2015

If you’re wondering why issues favored by a majority of Americans such as raising the minimum wage, gun control and net neutrality get scarcely any attention in the halls of Congress, the Citizens United case is the reason.

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, middle, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
January 23, 2015

Former Republican state Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster, who rebounded after receiving a double lung transplant three years ago, was the only candidate to file papers by Friday’s deadline to run in a special election to fill a Senate seat vacated when Steve Knight was elected to Congress.

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SacBee: Chris Christie to keynote California GOP convention

Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during an inaugural ceremony at the statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By David Siders
01/23/2015 10:03 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a reliable source of entertainment – and inspiration – for California Republicans, will keynote the state party’s spring convention, organizers said Friday.

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SacBee: California state pay increased $1.1 billion last year


Graph - CA State Payroll 2015

(Sacramento Bee research/California State Controller’s Office)

By Jon Ortiz and Phillip Reese
01/23/2015 10:53 PM

California state workers’ salaries rose a total $1.1 billion last year, according to new payroll data, while the number of state employees also grew.

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The PE: ASSEMBLY: Melissa Melendez named to GOPAC advisory board

Melissa Melendez


Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:41 a.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, has been named to a board post for an organization that trains Republican leaders nationwide.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor touts his city as exceptional


Published: Jan. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Riverside has shown itself to be exceptional in its 132-year history, and today’s residents should use their vision and passion to contribute to its future, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey said Tuesday in his annual State of the City speech.

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

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, shown in Sacramento in 2013, is weighing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Michael Finnegan
January 22, 2015

With billionaire Tom Steyer opting out of California’s U.S. Senate race on Thursday, the most likely major rival for Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris appears to be former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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SacBee: Opinion: U.S. Senate race sees a big pullout

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/22/2015 8:18 PM

For two weeks, ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer declared she would not run for a fifth term in 2016, hedge fund billionaire/environmental activist Tom Steyer had conducted a Hamlet-like soliloquy.

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SacBee: Tom Steyer will not run for Boxer Senate seat

Tom Steyer


By Christopher Cadelago
01/22/2015 1:10 PM

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Thursday he will not be a candidate to succeed U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer and instead will continue his focus on helping Democrats and working to reverse the effects of global climate change.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The long-running fraud case involving the now-defunct California Charter Academy has been continued once again.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: John E. James joins Redlands City Council


By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

REDLANDS >> John James is the newest member of the City Council.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials are pursuing a possible lawsuit against Cal Fire to force that state agency to bid on providing fire and EMS services for the city.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa(Ethan Miller)

National Journal

Kamala Harris is getting national buzz, but there’s a counter-movement building on behalf of a potential rival.

By Andrea Drusch
January 21, 2015

With only weeks gone but years left in California’s Senate race, national Democrats appear eager to anoint state Attorney General Kamala Harris as the 2016 successor to Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee weighed in lauding Harris’ candidacy after she announced her decision last week, and high-profile sitting senators including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker also feted the new front-runner.

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Politico: Latinos angry at D.C. Democrats

Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa

Attorney General Kamala Harris , right with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks at a news conference regarding criminal and civil responses to mortgage fraud in Los Angeles Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


The rush by Democrats in Washington to back California’s Kamala Harris for Senate raises hackles.

By Alex Isenstadt
1/21/15 – 8:03 PM EST

The procession of prominent Washington Democrats who lined up last week to sing the praises of California Attorney General Kamala Harris for Senate had the feel of an anointment. Sen. Cory Booker said he was “so excited” about her candidacy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called Harris, a favorite of the Obama White House, “smart” and “tough.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told supporters she needed Harris “by my side.”

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, gestures while speaking out against tuition increases as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, listens during a November meeting of the University of California Board of Regents in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/ The Associated Press)

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
01/21/2015 11:46 PM

University of California President Janet Napolitano could hardly have been more dismissive when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in November that, instead of threatening to raise tuition, UC create a commission to find ways to reduce costs.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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SFChronicle: Obama croons: ‘I did it my way’

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:41 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to “middle-class” values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it.

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By Mike Bresnahan
January 21, 2015

The Lakers were finally winners again.

They were declared the NBA’s most valuable franchise, worth $2.6 billion, according to Forbes’ annual rankings released Wednesday.

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The PE: POLITICS: Potential White House hopefuls to headline Riverside event


Published: Jan. 20, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Three potential contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are expected to be in Riverside next month for a gathering of Inland conservative activists.

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


By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/20/15, 5:36 PM PST | Updated: 25 secs ago

REDLANDS>> Staff, students and supporters of the University of Redlands’ Bulldog Weekly newspaper gathered on the steps of the administration building Tuesday to make their voices heard over the decision last month to put the paper on hiatus.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/15, 10:40 AM PST | Updated: 35 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario will continue to press for the release of 399 documents that they say could determine the fate of the city’s legal battle for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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SacBee: Judge rejects bid to keep Stockton in bankruptcy

US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
01/20/2015 8:58 PM

A bankruptcy judge Tuesday dismissed an effort to keep Stockton mired in bankruptcy while a creditor challenges a decision that lets the city pay its CalPERS pension bills in full.

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By Jason Song
January 21, 2015

Fifteen California community colleges should be able to offer four-year degrees starting as soon as next year, state officials announced Tuesday.

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"President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address"

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. President Barack Obama waves before giving his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda to address income inequality, making it easier for Americans to afford college education, and child care. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

By Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent
Posted: 01/20/15, 7:28 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

WASHINGTON >> Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans.

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Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Some, not all ears, will be tuned to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama.

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Crude Oil Chart - 01202015

(Graph Source: NASDAQ)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

The price of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil is continuing on a downward trajectory.

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Scales of Justice

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A security breach at one of the San Bernardino County courthouses has now subjected lawyers to extra scrutiny.

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Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

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

SacBee: Opinion: ‘Oversight’ needed, but rare today

Kevin de Leon

Former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, created a crew of former reporters to delve into thorny issues, and it generated some noteworthy reports, but Steinberg’s successor, Kevin de León, has disbanded it. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/19/2015 7:39 PM

Legislative leaders occasionally proclaim that they want to do more “oversight” – looking into how well state government agencies are serving the public interest.

At best, however, it has been spotty.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris is likely to face challenges from other Democrats coveting Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat.

By Matier & Ross
Monday, January 19, 2015

Having jumped into the U.S. Senate race “feet first,” state Attorney General Kamala Harris will be hitting the phones to score as much money and as many endorsements possible — all in the hope of keeping rival Democrats from jumping in as well.

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The fastest-growing sectors of manufacturing in California tend to be in the higher skilled advanced-technology realm. Above, an employee assembles a server at the Z Microsystems facility in San Diego. (Sam Hodgson, Bloomberg)

By Chris Kirkham
January 19, 2015

The United States has seen a remarkable turnaround in manufacturing employment since the economy bottomed out five years ago — but California hasn’t.

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By Ed Mendel
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The apparent suicide last week of Alfred Villalobos, who faced a bribery trial next month, is a sad end for a former CalPERS board member paid more than $50 million by firms seeking money from the big pension fund.

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The Hill: Obama’s approval rating at 18-month high

The Hill

By Justin Sink – 01/19/15 08:45 AM EST

President Obama will head into Tuesday’s State of the Union with his highest job approval numbers in 18 months, according to a new poll released Monday by The Washington Post and ABC News.

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Politico: 4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event


The invitees are all potential 2016 presidential contenders.
By Kenneth P. Vogel
1/19/15 11:24 PM EST
Updated 1/20/15 8:44 AM EST

Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO.

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The Sun: San Bernardino ranks last for job seekers in WalletHub reports

Wallet Hub

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/18/15, 6:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino has ranked last in a list of the 150 “Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job,” released by the financial information website WalletHub.

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Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist weighing a run for U.S. Senate in California, in San Francisco, Feb. 13, 2014. (Jason Henry/The New York Times)

By Christopher Cadelago
01/18/2015 4:50 PM

Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate change activist weighing a run for U.S. Senate, is telling potential supporters he would commit to serving only one term if he can’t reach goals dealing with the environment, economy and education within six years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/18/2015 9:30 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued two clarion calls for actions that would affect what tens of millions of Californians do every day – drive their cars – but there may be a conflict between the two.

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Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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U.S. President Obama faces joint news conference at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama faces a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (Not Pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

By Howard Schneider
DALTON, Georgia – Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:40pm EST

(Reuters) – Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.

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A CBS News poll finds enthusiasm for the once—and future?—nominee.
Ali Elkin
Jan 18, 2015 10:18 AM PST

GOP leaders appear skeptical about Mitt Romney’s prospects if he seeks the White House for a third time in 2016, but according to a new poll, everyday Republicans’ message to the former governor is: Come on in, the water’s fine.

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Politico: Poll: Run Hillary. Run Mitt.


They fare much better than Christie and Perry in a survey of would-be contenders.
By David Cohen
1/18/15 6:48 PM EST
Updated 1/18/15 11:02 PM EST

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are the would-be candidates that Americans most want to run for president in 2016, while solid pluralities would prefer that Chris Christie and Rick Perry sit this election out, according to a new CBS News Poll released Sunday.

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InlandPolitics: Former Mayor gives MIA Supervisor some pointed criticism


Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

We’ve written about it here before. If you want to be a county supervisor, be prepared to do your job.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutgkueck
Posted on January 17, 2015

(January 14) — In local Democratic Party circles there is already peripheral discussion of the need to mount a challenge of Marc Steinorth in the 40th Assembly District in 2016.

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Colonies Crossroads

Customers enter the newly opened Chili’s restaurant in the Colonies Crossroads shopping center in Upland on Friday. Sales tax from the 1 million-square-foot “power center” rose from $1.6 million in 2012-13 to $2 million in 2013-14. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/17/15, 9:11 PM PST | Updated: 25 secs ago

UPLAND >> The Colonies Crossroads, one of the largest shopping centers in San Bernardino County’s West End, continues to expand and increase revenue for the city.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greets customers at Pink’s Hot Dogs as part of a farewell tour before leaving office in 2013. His next move could be to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. That would require him to defeat Attorney General Kamala Harris, an ally in previous campaigns. (Nick Ut/Associated Press-file)

By Christopher Cadelago
01/17/2015 11:12 PM

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa planned to use the year to, as he put it recently, continue on a journey of reflection.

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SacBee: Brown’s pet proposition is just a stopgap

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
01/17/2015 5:32 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown exudes pride that voters approved Proposition 2, which creates California’s first meaningful budget reserve, hailing it as a bulwark against periodic flirtations with fiscal insolvency.

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Pension Reform

Local cities still face significant pension risks

Jan. 17, 2015
Updated 10:44 p.m.

Things might be looking a bit better, but let’s not let it go to our heads.

Anaheim is still staring down a public pension hole more than half a billion dollars deep.

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The PE: Charles Krauthammer: Obama: Charlie who?


By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
January 15, 2015

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as the New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

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