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The Sun: Supervisors authorize rewards to stop wildfire drone operations

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:54 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved $75,000 to be used as reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of illegal drone operators who forced the grounding of aerial firefighters during recent wildfires in the San Bernardino Mountains and High Desert.

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San Onofre

The San Onofre nuclear power plant closed in 2013 because of faulty steam generators. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

By Ivan Penn contact
July 28, 2015

Southern California Edison is seeking almost $7.6 billion from the Japanese manufacturer of the faulty steam generators that led to the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Hillary Clinton

There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Hide and Seek
Written by Alex Corse and Shane Harris
07.28.15 – 8:30 PM ET

Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

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Donald Trump

GOP elites are only making The Donald stronger.

Politico

By Matt Latimer
July 28, 2015

“Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably,” the great Homer Simpson once observed. “The lesson is: never try.”

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Politico: Fox lowers threshold for early debate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 16:  Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes as the January 21, 2012 primary day approaches.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – JANUARY 16: Workers prepare the stage for the Fox News/Wall Street Journal/South Carolina GOP debate at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center on January 16, 2012 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The presidential candidates continue to campaign for votes as the January 21, 2012 primary day approaches. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Politico

The change serves to guarantee the presence of candidates such as Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina.
By Mike Allen
7/28/15 6:39 PM EDT
Updated 7/28/15 8:24 PM EDT

Fox News is opening its 5 p.m. debate to all the announced Republican candidates who fail to make the cut for the Aug. 6 prime-time event, removing a requirement that participants reach at least 1 percent in polling.

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The Press-Enterprise: ELECTIONS: Statewide voter database starting its rollout

Vote

Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 10:41 a.m.

California is moving closer to have a statewide voter registration database, a step intended to modernize how elections and voting are handled.

To read expanded article by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enteprise, click here.

Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/15 – 6:16 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city council approved the 2015-16 budget, including $350,000 cut to the animal shelter, but not after a spirited deliberation that went into the early morning hours.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald | July 27, 2015 – 5:09 p.m.

State regulators do not appear ready to comply with a July 31 deadline to release thousands of emails requested by the chairman of the Assembly committee overseeing the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Appellate Courts

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dalters@sacbee.com
July 27, 2015

  • Most appellate court decisions are not published
  • They cannot be cited by parties in other cases
  • The result is uneven judicial policy around the state

The Sacramento region’s state appeals court declared three decades ago that when a corporation hires lobbyists to pass a bill, it loses its claim of privacy in a libel action.

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El Nino Heat Map

The present El Niño formation has the potential to become the strongest on record. The yellow areas indicate concentrations of warming water. (Photo: Earth.nullschool.net)

Mike Moffitt
Monday, July 27, 2015 – Updated 11:45 am

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

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Covered California

AP California News

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Jul 27, 2015 – 9:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The cost of private individual health plans on California’s state-run market will increase about 4 percent for the second straight year, evidence the strategy of forcing insurers to compete is controlling costs, program officials said Monday.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Rodham Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is underwater on trust, 39 percent to 55 percent.

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InlandPolitics: Leaked memo hits Clinton hard

Barack Obama+Hillary Clinton

Monday, July 27, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A few months ago we discussed how plausible it was for the Obama Administration to move to put a knife into Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Well it may actually be happening.

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Debate Stage

The first GOP Presidential Debate, moderated by Fox News, will be held on Thursday, August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Hill

By Jonathan Easley
07/27/15 – 06:00 AM EDT

The race is on for the final spots on stage for the first Republican debate.

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Illegal Immigration Roundup

Catch-process-release practice under scrutiny as some unauthorized immigrants return over and over

By Greg Moran
July 24, 2015 – 3:53 p.m. | Updated July 26, 2015 – 10:25 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — They found Ramon Gutierrez Perez just after 7 p.m., hiding in some brush in an area of Imperial Beach that Border Patrol agents call “Chicken Mans.”

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/24/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Although public employee pension plans across California are badly underfunded, union leaders have expressed little concern about the security of workers’ retirement pay.

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Donald Trump

(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Kurtis Lee
July 27, 2015 – 6:40 A.M.

Donald Trump, the provocative reality television star who for much of the last month has upended the 2016 Republican primary, is still doing well in polls in a pair of early nominating states despite recent rhetoric that many party leaders have denounced.

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Hillary Clinton
The Fix

By Philip Bump
July 26, 2016 at 2:17 PM

Recent surveys suggest that Hillary Clinton may be more reliant on the non-white vote in November 2016 than you might have assumed.

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InlandPolitics: Playing the Trump Card

Trump Card

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

One thing is becoming abundantly clear.

Republican presidential contenders have no clue how to handle Donald Trump.

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Gas Prices

Sunday, July 26, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Sure! California gasoline prices really are falling. At least that’s what the newspaper headlines say.

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Donald Trump

His comments about Arizona Senator John McCain seem not to have deterred voters.

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Bloomberg Politics

By the Numbers

Jul 26, 2015 – 7:06 AM PDT

New polls out Sunday show presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump still ahead among Republican hopefuls, even amid fallout from his controversial comments about Arizona Senator John McCain a week ago.

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Dan Walters

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

  • Two proposed ballot measures use same strategy
  • They are aimed at voter approval for pensions, Delta tunnels
  • Opponents would be forced to argue public shouldn’t have a vote

It’s no secret that the Legislature’s dominant Democrats want to make it more difficult to place initiative measures on the statewide ballot.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County taxpayers to fork out another settlement

SBCO

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give their approval of a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al on Tuesday.

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InlandPolitics: Really! Another healthcare giant?

AnthemBlueCrossLogo

Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Really! Another larges-scale merger, this time in the healthcare industry, and it’s supposed to be a good thing.

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
July 25, 2015

In a stunning rejection of the wishes of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Supreme Court this week refused their unusual request to “depublish” a 4th District Court of Appeals decision that applied Proposition 218 limits to tiered water rates.

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Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos calls accusations ‘made-up lies,’ says he would never embarrass himself or his family. (Frank Bellino, Staff Photo)

Published: July 24, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Two days after being named in a claim against the city, Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos denied sexually harassing a Ramona woman earlier this year, calling the allegations “made-up lies.”

To read article by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Haggen

California’s grocery industry is one of the most competitive in the nation and newcomer Haggen Inc., which opened 83 California supermarkets including this one in Torrance earlier this year, appears to be losing traction.

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/24/15 – 5:34 PM PDT |

California’s grocery industry is among the most competitive in the nation and newcomer Haggen Inc., which opened 83 California supermarkets earlier this year, is rapidly finding that out.

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Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees to look into allegations raised by House Democrats | Damian Dovarganes AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the nonprofit organization behind controversial Planned Parenthood videos violated state law, her office said in a letter Friday.

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Gas Prices

Lydia Holland replaces the gas nozzle after filling up at a Sacramento gas station in 2014. The Tax Foundation says in a new report that California’s gas tax, which recently dropped by 6 cents a gallon, is now the nation’s fourth highest. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

  • Pennsylvania has nation’s highest gas tax
  • California would have been No. 2 without recent cut
  • Alaska has the lowest tax on auto fuel

Both Congress and the California Legislature are noodling over whether to raise fuel taxes to pour more money into highway projects.

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InlandPolitics: Crude oil continues fall, California gas prices barely move

Gas Prices

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Crude oil prices continued falling on Friday morning, with the price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil hitting a low of $47.96.

However, California retail gasoline prices have barely budged.

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Victorville Fairgrounds Incident

(Incident scene photo by Victor Valley News)

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s almost becoming a weekly event. A very bad ethical decision blows up on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Hillary Clinton

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled.

Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo
The New York Times
Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

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Citizens Business Bank

Citizens Business Bank’s Ontario-based parent company reports $26.8 million in net 2Q 2015 income, the 153rd consecutive quarter of profitability.

Published: July 23, 2015 – 2:36 p.m.

CVB Financial Corp., and its subsidiary Citizens Business Bank, reported $26.8 million in net income for the April-through-June quarter of 2015.

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

Daily Press: Adelanto jail proposal gets extension

Doctor R. Crants

Doctor R. Crants speaks during Wednesday night’s Adelanto City Council meeting about his plan to build another prison in the city to help ease inmate overcrowding in Los Angeles County. (Jose Huerta, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Jul. 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

ADELANTO — The developers of a controversial jail plan that would ease Los Angeles County inmate overcrowding and be a financial boon to this city have been given until the end of the year to lock down an agreement with L.A. County or face the possibility the project will die.

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Judge Thomas Goethals speaks to an attorney in his courtroom in superior court in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   JudgeGoethal – 06/19/15 – MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.

Related stories

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains

Fresh snow coats peaks in the Sierra Nevada on July 9. The strange weather is thought to be related to El Nino. (Bartshe Miller / Mono Lake Committee)

By Hailey Branson-Potts and Rong-Gong Lin II
July 23, 2015

It’s the middle of the summer, but it felt a bit like winter in the Sierra this week as a storm dumped four inches of hail on Interstate 80 around Donner Summit.

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Donald Trump

The GOP candidate visited Laredo, Tex., maintaining his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration with a border crossing as a background.

Trump takes campaign to the border
By James Hohmann
July 23, 2015 at 8:05 PM

LAREDO, Tex. — A defiant Donald Trump, visiting the U.S. border with Mexico here Thursday, said again that he will not apologize for his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration or back away from his plan to build a wall between the two nations.

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Jose Antonio Meade

Mexican secretary of state Jose Antonio Meade discusses illegal immigration at the San Francisco Chronicle in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle (Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle)

By Carla Marinucci
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Updated: July 22, 2015 8:56pm

After weeks of presidential candidate Donald Trump lobbing sharp criticism and insults at America’s southern neighbor, Mexico’s secretary of state delivered his country’s first response Wednesday, saying that Trump’s views are rooted in prejudice and “have no place in politics.”

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Bob Huff

Sen. Bob Huff says Republicans in the California Legislature are open to raising motorist fees to pay for road repair and construction. But GOP lawmakers will demand reforms in exchange.

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 – 1:48pm PDT
Updated Jul 22, 2015, 3:58pm PDT

When the California Legislature reconvenes next month for a special session on road funding, Republicans will be in the front seat — because Democrats need GOP support to impose new taxes or fees.

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Scott Walker

FILE – In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. Walker is scheduled to address an annual showcase of conservative activists, Thursday, July 23, in San Diego. | John Locher AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 22, 2015

  • Wisconsin governor and presidential candidate a conservative firebrand
  • GOP chairman says Walker an ‘inspirational voice’ for California

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose successes curtailing the political might of labor unions have earned him admirers in solidly blue California, will address the state Republican Party at its fall convention, officials announced Thursday.

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By Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
July 22, 215

Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.

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InlandPolitics: Where’s the gasoline shortage?

Refinery

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

New data from the California Energy Commission begs the same question we’ve been asking all year.

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California Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

The California Supreme has denied a request to depublish a pivotal water rate ruling, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that tiered water rates violate Proposition 218.

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Gas Prices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

An uptick in crude oil inventory and the impending sale of Iranian oil on the global market has kept downward pressure on prices.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 21, 2015

  • Democrats won legislative supermajorities in 2012
  • However, they vanished in subsequent elections
  • Big legislative duels now Democrat vs. Democrat

Three years ago, in new districts drawn by an independent commission, Democrats won – barely – two-thirds supermajorities in both legislative houses.

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LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell, Jean Merl and Katie Shepherd
July 21, 2015

Organized labor won an important victory Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage to $15, but it now faces a more daunting political challenge: convincing other local governments to join the movement.

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Money

By Ivan Penn and Samantha Masunaga
July 21, 2015

As Los Angeles drivers shelled out more than $4 a gallon at the pump in recent weeks, the state’s oil refineries pocketed record amounts of money — as much as $1.17 a gallon in gross profits.

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CNN

By Eric Bradner, CNN
Wed July 22, 2015 – Updated 8:40 AM ET

Washington (CNN): Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new survey shows.

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San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors would grow to seven members under Senate Constitutional Amendment 8.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/15 – 1:10 PM PDT |

Proposed legislation that would require San Bernardino County and other California counties with populations of 2 million or more to increase their number of elected supervisors from five to seven is gaining momentum in the state Legislature.

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Marc Steinorth

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

Published: July 20, 2015 – Updated: 4:07 p.m.

It’s a supercalifragilisticexpiali-political fundraiser.

Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is using the Tuesday, July 21, production of “Mary Poppins” at the Redlands Bowl to raise money for his 2016 re-election campaign. Donors will join the first-term assemblyman for a dinner prior to the performance.

To read expanded brief, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 20, 2015

  • Labor biggest donor to legislative campaigns
  • Dozens of union-backed bills await final action
  • One major measure would enhance contract secrecy

Only a sixth of California’s wage earners are members of labor unions, but they carry a very big stick in politics.

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InlandPolitics: Testing Trump’s polling numbers

Donald Trump

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

We’re going to see just how solid support for billionaire republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is.

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InlandPolitics: Leadership vs Management?

Leader

Monday, July 20, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A new development has once again caused us to ask this question of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Is it Leadership or Management?

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"Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)"

Crews prepare to tow away burned out cars on the southbound 15 freeway after the North Fire burned its way through in the Cajon Pass, CA, Friday, July 17, 2015. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/19/15 – 12:52 PM PDT |

CAJON PASS >> Angry owners flooded social media with complaints over the weekend that they had been charged $1,000 or more in towing fees after being forced to abandon their cars caught Friday in the 15 Freeway firestorm.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 19, 2015

  • Media reports on budget’s size vary widely
  • Their numbers are correct up to a point
  • Official numbers far less than total spending

It’s time again for some more fun with numbers – big numbers.

They’re the numbers associated with the 2015-16 state budget, which the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown enacted last month.

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USA Today: Trump: I don’t need to be lectured

Donald Trump

McCain has abandoned our veterans. I will fight for them. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP)

Donald Trump
July 19, 2015 – 6:46 p.m. EDT

John McCain has called his own constituents who want a secure border “crazies.” No one in the news media or the establishment, including the Republican National Committee, criticized the senator for those comments.

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InlandPolitics: Gas prices start to “inch” down

Gas Prices

Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

California wholesale gas prices have fallen about 50 cents a gallon in the past 48-hours. But don’t wait for pump prices to fall significantly anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: Newsgroup circulation numbers alarming

Newspaper

Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

We routinely check-in on local newspaper circulation numbers to get a flavor for the financial health and continued viability of the various publications.

What we found was alarming.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 18, 2015

  • California’s official poverty rate isn’t bad
  • Its real poverty rate is among nation’s highest
  • More jobs would be the best cure for malady

When the Census Bureau began calculating poverty a half-century ago – as a “war on poverty” became a hot issue in Washington – it devised a rather simple formula.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/17/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Organized labor has lined up behind legislation purporting to promote government contract transparency. It’s a sham.

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
July 18, 2015

  • California Teachers Association faces a major test in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Conservatives shift their assault on CTA and other unions to the courts
  • Same-sex marriage, Democratic politics are implicated in Friedrichs v. CTA

For decades, organized labor, particularly the union that represents public school teachers, has been checking off boxes in California.

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Donald Trump

By Philip Bump
July 18, 2015 – 1:25 PM

This post has been updated.

At Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Donald Trump may, at last, have crossed a line with Republican voters from which he can’t walk back.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County not “over the hump” on pension costs

Pension Reform

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Several months ago county administrators told the Board of Supervisors the county was over the hump on ever escalating pension cost increases.

Not a chance!

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SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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Gas Prices

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anyone notice the price of gasoline this week? Of course, if you are like most Californians who have to drive to live (instead of living to drive like the car ads), you have noticed that the price of gas is up 80 cents a gallon in many locations. In some locations, the price is above five dollars a gallon!

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ExxonMobil

Exxon Mobil’s refinery in Torrance currently operates at less than 20% of its capacity after a February explosion. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

By Ivan Penn
July 17, 2015

The refinery that has historically produced about a fifth of Southern California’s gasoline has been crippled since a February explosion — and may stay that way for months to come.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 17, 2015

  • Various campaign committees collected about $102 million in 2013-14
  • Labor unions were top category of giver, mainly to Democrats
  • Fundraising filings for the first half of 2015 are due July 31

California’s 120 lawmakers reflect a variety of life experiences, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and types of districts they represent. There also are differences in where they raise their campaign money.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald | July 17, 2015

The chairman of the Assembly committee that oversees the California Public Utilities Commission has given the agency until the end of this month to secure and turn over certain emails and other documents from Southern California Edison.

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unemployment down

By Tiffany Hsu
July 17, 2015

  • Job Reports and Statistics Jobs and Workplace Job Market Unemployment and Layoffs

Job growth in California continued to hum along in June as employers added 22,900 nonfarm payroll positions from the previous month.

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The Washington Post: Worse than we could have imagined

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

charles-krauthammer

By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
July 16, 2015

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

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InlandPolitics: Time for California legislators to give up free gas cards

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Friday, July 17, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

California legislators apparently could give a gee-whiz about the sky-high gasoline prices sucking millions out of their constituents pockets.

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InlandPolitics: Still waiting for the gas shortage

A gas pump hozzle is shown in Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Portland, Ore.  Oil prices slipped toward $82 a barrel Thursday, pausing from a rally that lifted the commodity to a three-month high this week amid a weakening dollar and positive corporate earnings. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Friday, July 17, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Let’s just cut to the chase.

Where’s the expected major drop in California crude oil and refined gasoline production and stockpiles?

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judges-gavel

Two will serve in Riverside County and two in San Bernardino County. They fill vacancies created when judges retired

Published: July 16, 2015 Updated: 10:03 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments to fill retirement-created judgeship vacancies in Inland area Superior Courts on Thursday, July 16, comprise state and federal prosecutors, a public defender administrator and a sitting court commissioner.

To read expanded story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Adelanto Logo

Letter alleges harassment, discrimination, retaliation, slander
By Kris Reilly, City Editor
Posted Jul. 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

ADELANTO — A Victorville attorney sent a letter to Adelanto City Hall this week calling for the “immediate investigation and removal” of the mayor and City Council members for allegedly targeting city employees while violating the city’s charter and the Brown Act.

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Steve Knight

Rep. Steve Knight (shown at right in 2014, when he was in the state Legislature, with State Sens. Andy Vidak, left, and Jerry Hill) has raised $432,640 as of June 30, much more than his three Democratic challengers. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
July 16, 2015

The elections are more than a year away, but already, front-runners are emerging in some key California congressional contests, and most endangered incumbents are well ahead of their challengers in fundraising, campaign filings show.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 16, 2015

  • Kamala Harris has nearly $3 million, tripling Loretta Sanchez
  • Sanchez needs to step up to mount sustained TV ad campaign
  • Consultant says Republican stumbles could send her into runoff, anyway

Kamala Harris fortified her front-runner status this week when her latest report showed she’s raised $4.1 million since entering the U.S. Senate race in January, bringing her cash on hand to nearly $3 million roughly a year ahead of the primary.

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/16/15 – 7:33 PM PDT |

Fueled by an increase in home sales, the assessed value of all taxable property in Los Angeles County rose 6.13 percent in 2015 — the largest jump since 2010 — the county assessor reported Thursday.

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Home for sale

By Andrew Khouri
July 16, 2015

The Southern California housing market, known for its dramatic swings, is settling into a more normal, healthy pattern.

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Riverside-County-Seal

$1.285 billion: The estimated value of the county’s unfunded pension liability. More than 80 percent of the county’s pension obligations are already funded.

Published: July 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County officials say changes to the county’s public employee pension system have saved money, but that the county will still pay millions of dollars more to the statewide pension network.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/15/15 – 9:22 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Nothing in the city charter prevents San Bernardino from outsourcing its Fire Department, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday in a blow to the fire union that its attorneys immediately said they would appeal.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Uber

Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Laura J. Nelson, Andrea Chang and Paresh Dave
July 15, 2015

Uber — plagued by problems with regulators, drivers and taxi unions around the world — took a big blow in its home state Wednesday when an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California.

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Riverside County Sheriff

Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump finishes up speaking before a crowd of 3,500 people Saturday in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
July 15, 2015 at 7:39 PM

In the year before Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign, booming real estate markets increased the celebrity mogul’s wealth by more than $1 billion, Trump said Wednesday.

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