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InlandPolitics: Final cut coming for first GOP Presidential Debate

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

The Washington Post has setup a link to their website showing the averages of the latest national polling in the Republican Presidential Primary contest.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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Montclair

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 10:13 PM PDT |

MONTCLAIR >> Tensions were high at Monday night’s City Council meeting when a resident accused the council of overpaying City Manager Ed Starr and called for a recall of the mayor and two councilmembers.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 6, 2015

  • California’s highways are in bad shape
  • State wants $6 billion more a year to fix them
  • Can two differing approaches be melded?

The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that’s that, right?

Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin.

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California Department of Justice

Agents seek documents at headquarters for Edison, utilities commission
Read: Search warrants for Edison and CPUC
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By Jeff McDonald | July 6, 2015 – 06:00 a.m.

The criminal investigation of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to be intensifying, with state agents serving a fresh round of search warrants at the regulators’ headquarters in San Francisco and at Southern California Edison offices outside Los Angeles.

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Gas Prices

Consumer advocates say that oil refineries’ price manipulation are to blame for California’s high oil prices. (James Quigg / AP)

By Tiffany Hsu
July 6, 2015

Filling up at the pump is often painful in California, where drivers tend to pay more for gasoline than in most other states.

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Crude OIl Chart - 070615

Monday, July 6, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The price of crude oil is hovering near the $54 per barrel range Monday morning, following a big drop.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 5, 2015

  • Capital appreciation bonds accumulate interest costs
  • Los Angeles district wants to change low-bid rules
  • Leaseback court ruling could undo deals

One might think that school construction would be about as simple and straightforward as anything government does.

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Greece

Demonstrators hold flags and banners in front of Parliament in Athens in February. (Simela Pantzartzi/EPA)

By Ylan Q. Mui
July 5, 2015 at 2:55 PM

The financial crisis in Greece has upended the lives — and livelihoods — of residents of the Mediterranean nation. The shutdown of the banking system has resulted in long lines at ATMs to withdraw a daily maximum of just 60 euros, about $67. Citizens have stockpiled food and fuel, leading to empty shelves at grocery stores and crowded gas stations. Business leaders have warned that shortages of crucial medicines could be next.

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Donald Trump

Real estate mogul Donald Trump speaks June 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

By Janell Ross
July 5, 2015 at 5:08 PM

A few weeks after Republican presidential contenders struggled to find their footing on the Charleston shooting and then seemed to decide almost all at once that the era of public Confederate displays had reached its just end, candidate Donald Trump has become the latest in a series of challenges around race, ethnicity and inclusion with which right-leaning politicians must contend.

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InlandPolitics: Greece says “NO” to European Union terms

Greece Flag

Sunday, July 5, 02:45 p.m.

Greece’s European Austerity Referendum went down in flames Sunday night.

The measure was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek voters.

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InlandPolitics: Ouch! Did PR stunt backfire?

Mike Ramos

Sunday, July 5, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Did the cute stunt backfire?

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos might have expected to draw the same nationwide press coverage he received from his months-ago attack on Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart.

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Apple Valley

Higher pay helps attract, retain ‘highest quality’ staff, they say.

By Gary Brodeur, Staff Writer
Posted July 5, 2015 – Updated at 10:53 AM

APPLE VALLEY — An ordinance that details the town’s updated compensation schedule and implements a 3-percent cost-of-living increase for 2015-16 still does not bring earnings up to pre-recession levels, town officials say.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/04/15 – 6:27 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will staff a conviction review unit that will investigate claims by inmates who say they are innocent.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 4, 2015

  • When civic leaders are effective, government functions well
  • Los Angeles is trying to re-establish civic cadre
  • San Francisco has one; other areas trying

Civic leadership is one of those intangibles whose existence is difficult to define, much less prove.

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interest_rates

By Tom Petruno
July 4, 2015

The last six years of extraordinarily low interest rates have been all about rewarding borrowers at the expense of savers. But that is probably coming to an end.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, flanked by campaign staffers and Secret Service agents and blocked by a rope keeping the media at a distance, marches in the July 4 parade in Gorham, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe
July 4, 2015 at 8:57 PM

GORHAM, N.H. — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, walking in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in this mountain hamlet was supposed to showcase the sometimes-stiff candidate as accessible and in touch with the people — a champion for everyday Americans, as the Democratic presidential front-runner likes to put it.

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InlandPolitics: Happy 4th of July!

American Flag

Saturday, July 4, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday.

Colton-seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/03/15 – 6:05 PM PDT |

There is no evidence to suggest that Colton City Council members were given preferential treatment by the city Public Works Department for having speed bumps installed on one councilman’s street and a brick wall repaired at the home of a councilwoman, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury has found.

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Logistics

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/15 – 8:27 PM PDT |

EASTVALE >> Plans are moving forward for the city’s largest development.

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Arrow

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
July 3, 2015

  • Biggest restructuring in 14 years for electricity ratepayers
  • Move affects PG&E, Edison, San Diego
  • Higher rates for up to 40 percent of customers

Regulators overhauled the state’s system for pricing electricity for millions of Californians on Friday in a move that they said will simplify the structure and bring rates closer in line with costs. Many customers who use the least amount of energy will probably see rate increases, but regulators said the system will be more fair.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers.”

By Ryan Parker
July 3, 2014

Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has come under fire for referring to some Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “killers,” again blasted border security in the wake of the slaying of a California woman and the news that the suspect was deported five times.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton participates in a grass-roots organizing event in College Park at Dartmouth College on Friday in Hanover, N.H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker
July 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

HANOVER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton sharpened her partisan rhetoric to appeal to Democratic primary voters here Friday by issuing a dire warning: President Obama’s health care law would disappear if a Republican wins the White House in 2016.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter School prosecution will see ninth year

Scales of Justice

Friday, July 3, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Friday.

The result was, as expected, another continuance.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: July 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:27 p.m.

Riverside County should tear up its contract with its top lawyer and search for a new county counsel, according to a civil grand jury report released Thursday, July 2.

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

Daily Press: Adelanto city manager quits after 6 weeks

Adelanto Logo

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 2, 2015 – Updated at 11:56 PM

  • In amended budget, some city employees get raises, others are let go

ADELANTO — Just six weeks after being named full-time city manager, Thomas Thornton has resigned but will retain his positions as city engineer and public works director, a move that will be addressed next Wednesday along with other personnel changes, according to a city staff report.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 2, 2015

  • Personal income, corporate tax collections look to be $541 million above 2014-15 revenue estimates
  • California state budget approved last month reflected governor’s revenue numbers
  • Sales tax, other revenue totals for June still being compiled

The 2014-15 fiscal year came to an end this week, and it will be a long time before officials finish closing the books. Early signs, though, are that revenue for the just-completed fiscal year will exceed estimates in the newly minted state budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Standard and Poor's

By Chris Megerian
July 2, 2015

The Wall Street ratings agency Standard & Poor’s gave a vote of confidence to California’s finances on Thursday, upgrading its credit rating to its highest level in 14 years.

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CPUC

AP California News
July 3, 2015 – 3:38 AM EDT
Janie Har
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big energy users are set to get a break on electricity while more efficient consumers will see their bills rise under a proposal being considered by California regulators.

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California Money

By Samantha Masunaga
July 2, 2015

If California were a country, it would have the eighth-largest economy in the world, maintaining its ranking from July 2014.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina addresses the Western Conservative Summit in Denver last week. (Theo Stroomer / Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
July 2, 2015

When it was Carly Fiorina’s turn to take the stage at a presidential forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a break.

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InlandPolitics: California gasoline price whipsaw not unnoticed

Gas Prices

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The abusive gasoline price swings oil companies dished out on California driver’s from February to late June hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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InlandPoliics: Greece: What a headline for a newspaper!

Greece

Thursday July 2, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The headline in The Guardian, a British newspaper, is fitting.

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Economy

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The June employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, wasn’t quite the bell ringer some were looking for.

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PMI

Purchasing Managers Index reading virtually unchanged at 52.4 in June; factory order and production growth holds steady.

Published: July 1, 2015 – 4:43 p.m.

Factory production forged ahead in June, but at a pace that seems indicative of an Inland Southern California economy that’s functioning on a more even keel.

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

John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon holds a press conference April 10 to discuss the pursuit and arrest of suspect Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley. In the pursuit, Pusok allegedly stole a horse before he was taken down and reportedly beaten by deputies. Pusok later agreed to a $650,000 settlement with county offiicials. (Image from sheriff’s department video on YouTube)

By The Editorial Board, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/01/15, 12:41 PM PDT |

The bad news is that San Bernardino County’s jails produce far more inmate complaints alleging excessive use of force by deputies than any other county the Prison Law Office has dealt with, according to that nonprofit that defends the constitutional rights of the incarcerated.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/15 – 11:14 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department employees purchased vehicles at lien sales and flipped, or resold them after the vehicles had been seized during investigations, the Grand Jury found.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting story in The Sun

Magnifying Glass

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 09:10 a.m.

There’s an interesting article published in Thursday’s edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the story, click here.

Grand Jury

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman confirms investigation in 2011

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino County Grand Jury acknowledged “issues” Wednesday related to the Sheriff’s Department and its seizure of vehicles later sold at lien sales, seemingly giving some credence to whistle-blower allegations that deputies routinely flipped impounded vehicles for personal gain.

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Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley’s elected leaders may start discussing the project as early as July 15.

Published: July 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:29 p.m.

Developer Iddo Benzeevi cleared an important hurdle Tuesday night, winning backing from a Moreno Valley panel for his massive World Logistics Center warehouse complex.

But before the first bulldozer starts pushing dirt, the city’s elected leaders will have to sign off on the project that pits the promise of jobs and an economic boost against concerns of traffic and pollution. Most City Council members have received campaign support from Benzeevi, but none will say how they plan to vote.

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

The Sun: Prison group alleges abuses in San Bernardino County jails

Sheriff

The Prison Law Office’s findings are in sharp contrast to Sheriff John McMahon’s characterization of conditions at West Valley after the FBI announced last year that it was investigating allegations of misconduct at West Valley.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/15 – 9:18 PM PDT |

Responding to allegations of inhumane conditions in county jails, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is ramping up staffing to increase oversight of prisoners and health services.

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The Sacramento Bee: High court case hits union dues

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 30, 2015

  • Orange County teacher challenges California Teachers Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case in next term
  • Were CTA to lose, it would affect its political power

California figured prominently, albeit indirectly, in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent high-profile decisions on Obamacare, same-sex marriages and congressional redistricting.

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calpers

Business & Real Estate

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
June 30, 2015

  • Pension fund continues to reshape portfolio
  • Goal is fewer speculative investments

CalPERS said Tuesday it plans to sell up to $3 billion worth of real estate as it continues to overhaul its investment portfolio.

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The Washington Post: Jeb Bush’s taxes, by the numbers

Jeb Bush

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush talks to reporters after speaking to voters at the Derry Opera House on June 16 in Derry, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

The Fix

By Philip Bump
June 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign. When he first started talking about running for the presidency, he released his e-mails from his time as governor of Florida; like the tax documents, they required a bit of digging through to extract useful information.

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Hillary Clinton Email

The previously private messages highlight Team Clinton’s focus on her image and press coverage.

Jennifer Epstein
Ben Brody
Jun 30, 2015 – 6:29 PM PDT

When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton and her staff fretted over her press coverage, celebrating favorable stories and trying to tone down others, some 3,000 e-mails released late Tuesday by the State Department showed.

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The Sun: Reports detail housing woes for Southern California residents

Housing Market

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/28/15 – 4:23 PM PDT |

The Southern California real-estate market is feeling the sting of a changing climate, as a pair of new reports finds renters, would-be homebuyers and black households losing ground in the face of competition from investors and a widening racial wealth gap.

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Union Dues

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County teacher, is the lead plaintiff in a case brought by group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, asking the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. (Greg Schneider/Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP)

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press
Posted: 06/30/15 – 8:12 AM PDT |

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

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U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in Washington, where justices on Monday ruled that independent citizens’ commissions were allowed to draw electoral district lines. California’s districts are set up by its citizens’ commission. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

By Cathleen Decker
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court redistricting decision benefits Republicans in California, the opposite of its impact elsewhere

Like so many political events, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld the right of independent citizen commissions to draw district lines inspired a different reaction in California than elsewhere in the nation.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court validates Arizona’s independent commission to draw congressional lines
  • Arizona Republicans wanted to regain their power to draw districts
  • California’s top-two primary system could have been at risk

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

But the fun – months of chattering by political cognoscenti about the possibility that the Legislature could regain its power to redraw congressional districts – ended Monday.

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Lethal Injection

This Friday, July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. On Monday, June 29, 2015, The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma saying that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/29/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

A Supreme Court decision upholding a controversial drug used in lethal injection executions in Oklahoma starts the clock for California to come up with its own injection procedures, thus increasing the chance executions could resume here.

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U-T San Diego: Judge wants Edison’s answers

Michael Peevey

At a March 2013 private meeting between a utility executive and then-president Mike Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission, a framework for the San Onofre closure deal was discussed.

By Jeff McDonald
June 29, 2015 – 4:54 p.m.

The judge in charge of the San Onofre matter pending before the state Public Utilities Commission is seeking more details from Southern California Edison about its participation in a secret meeting in Poland regarding shutdown costs for the failed nuclear plant.

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Tax Reform

AP California News
By Femit Nirappil and Judy Lin
Associated Press
June 29, 2015 – 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Updated 4:43 pm

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to “put a human face on discrimination.” The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public’s romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

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Riverside-County-Seal

Grand Jury report said lack of oversight allowed supervisors to promote themselves, dine at taxpayer expense.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 28, 2015 9:16 p.m.

Spending from a special Riverside County pool of funds intended to help worthy community endeavors would be subject to enhanced scrutiny under rules being considered by the county Board of Supervisors.

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

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
June 29, 2015

An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment.

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Jeb Bush

(Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg)

By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Tom Hamburger
June 28, 2015 at 7:06 PM

In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

*** Administrator Note: This is the first local newspaper story to run following our post on Friday at noon. More coverage is expected this week and beyond.***
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

By Steve Hunt, Editor
Posted Jun. 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM

With a lawsuit set to be tried next year, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is believed to have called at least three current or former sheriff’s deputies to testify about alleged corruption in the department’s High Desert stations, sources said Friday.

The Grand Jury’s annual report is expected next week.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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InlandPolitics: Greece debacle more political theater

Greece

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

All eyes on the new Greek play. Really?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called for a June 5 referendum asking voters to decide whether to accept more economic pain, which they will. But all the back and forth rhetoric over the weekend is sort of entertaining.

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city-of-riverside-seal

Councilman Paul Davis was investigated in 2014 for alleged violations of city charter, but DA dismissed case.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 27, 2015 – 6:58 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis won’t face any charges in connection with 2014 allegations that he violated the city’s charter, which could have been a misdemeanor.

But the case, which some residents considered a boondoggle, isn’t quite over.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland fails to approve budget on time

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/15 – 1:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> For the second time in three years, the City Council will not pass its budget on time. The delay comes as city leaders have questions remaining about the proposed staffing additions.

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Barbara Boxer+John Burton

John Burton, California Democratic Party chairman, introduces U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, during a California Democratic Party’s convention in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, April 17, 2010. | hamezcua@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Executive Director Shawnda Westly steps down, takes role of ‘senior strategist’
  • Chairman John Burton confirms he will leave office in 2017

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton confirmed Saturday he will not seek re-election when his term ends in 2017, and the party’s executive director, Shawnda Westly, has stepped down in anticipation of his departure.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Governor has two big wishes

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants two big water tunnels
  • He also wants north-south bullet train
  • Both projects face bumpy roads

Jerry Brown has a vision, or a hope, or perhaps just a fingers-crossed wish.

It is that when he finally departs from the governorship in January 2019, construction will be unstoppably underway on two immense public works projects.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 26, 2015 – Updated 2:12 pm

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Obama’s bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King vs. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment, and thus was “inartfully drafted.” It was the court’s obligation, he wrote, to translate bill language limiting the government subsidies to enrollees in “an exchange established by the state” to also cover federal exchanges.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit allegations cast darker clouds over Sheriff’s Department

SBSO Sheriff

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

An employee lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has ripped open Pandora’s Box after it came to light this week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino audit faces trouble, city reports

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/26/15 – 2:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> There’s more trouble for the city’s long-overdue audit, and it’s not because the city hasn’t given the necessary information, according to Deputy City Manager Nita McKay.

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Daily Bulletin: ONT passenger traffic up 2 percent in May

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By Staff Report
Posted: 06/26/15 – 7:27 PM PDT | Up

ONTARIO >> Since May, passenger activity at LA/Ontario International Airport is up nearly 2 percent. According to figures released by Los Angeles World Airports on Friday, 1.67 million passengers have used ONT in the first five months of the year compared to the 1.64 million for the same time in 2014.

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U-T San Diego: Utilities: Let San Onofre deal stand

Are You Kidding Me

Edison, SDG&E, say $4.7 billion pact is in the public interest

By Jeff McDonald
June 26, 2015 – 4:58 p.m.

Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric have petitioned state regulators to reject the suggestion that the $4.7 billion settlement deal for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant be reopened.

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U-T San Diego: Utility regulators held post-Poland lunch

Michel Florio

Commissioner Michel Florio of the California Public Utilities Commission, left, discussed the closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant at a legislative hearing in 2013. (AP file/Rich Pedroncelli)
Peevey briefed colleague shortly after secret San Onofre meeting in Warsaw

By Jeff McDonald
June 26, 2015 – Updated: 5:16 p.m.

The regulator overseeing an investigation into the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant met privately with then-California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey days after Peevey returned from a secret meeting about the matter in Poland.

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InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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Court Filings

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been hit with yet another in a series of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, including assault under color of authority.

The latest complaint stems from a law enforcement contact in the Morongo Basin area.

It’s like we have been saying for quite some time now. It’s a leadership problem!

To read the complaint, filed June 15, in U.S. District Court, click the following link: Arrona v. County of San Bernardino et. al

Supreme Court of the United States

By Adam Liptak
June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

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Janice Rutherford

Janice Rutherford

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/25/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford has been honored by the American Society for Public Administration Inland Empire chapter with the 2015 Outstanding Elected Official award.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 25, 2015

  • Budget trailer bill gives drivers a break
  • Amnesty, however, doesn’t go far enough
  • Overhaul of traffic fines should be next

Capitol politicians are patting themselves on the back for opening an escape hatch for millions of motorists whose licenses have been suspended for failure to pay past-due tickets.

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The Sacramento Bee: California vaccine bill clears Assembly

Hypodermic Syringe

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
June 25, 2015

  • Legislation would require pupils to be fully vaccinated
  • Vote follows furious protest from some parents
  • Bill now returns to the state Senate, then to Brown

The state Assembly passed a closely watched bill Thursday compelling schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated, approving the measure on a 46-30 vote that blurred party lines.

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calpers

By Dean Starkman
June 25, 2015

  • CalPERS investment chief said fund returned only 3% over 10 months
  • The performance, which trails the broader stock market, has implications for city and state finances

The nation’s biggest public pension fund is falling far short of its annual investment goals.

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Randy Adams

Randy Adams, former police chief of Bell, in 2013. A California pension board decided to slash Adams’ retirement benefits because his salary was not approved in public. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By Paul Pringle
June 25, 2015

A California pension board’s decision to slash the retirement benefits of former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams because his salary was concealed from the public will serve as a precedent for other cases in which government officials receive hidden pay, the panel has announced.

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AP: Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

U.S. Supreme Court

Associated Press

By Mark Sherman
June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

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The Press-Enterprise: JOBS: Amazon to add 1,000 more jobs

Amazon

Amazon doubled down on vow to create 1,000 jobs in three Inland Empire fulfillment centers at a hiring event in Moreno Valley on Tuesday, bringing the total job count to 2,000

Published: June 24, 2015 – Updated: 4:40 p.m.

Amazon has announced it will create 1,000 more jobs for its Inland Southern California fulfillment centers.

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

Daily Bulletin: Ontario approves $491.95 million budget

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/15 – 7:57 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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San Onofre

Under an agreement, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. ratepayers would pay $3.3 billion of the San Onofre shutdown costs, or 70%. Edison says the deal is “fair and reasonable.” (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)

By Jeff McDonald
June 24, 2015

The San Francisco consumer group that helped broker the $4.7-billion deal dividing costs for the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant said Wednesday that it no longer supports the agreement and called on regulators to reopen talks.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Joel Rubin
June 25, 2015

Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were convicted Wednesday of beating a handcuffed man bloody and then lying to cover up the abuse.

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California Money

By Chris Megerian
June 24, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new $167.6-billion budget Wednesday that expands child care, boosts funding for public schools and opens the state’s public healthcare program to children in the country illegally, but leaves some key issues unresolved.

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