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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Updated: February 19, 2018 at 7:10 pm

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has given at least $554,000 in direct and in-kind contributions to one of three candidates in the 2018 sheriff’s race, campaign finance records show.

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By Suzanne Hurt | shurt@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
February 19, 2018 at 3:36 pm

An effort to recall three Corona City Council members fizzled when the group was unable to gather enough signatures to put the issue on a ballot by the Sunday, Feb. 18 deadline.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Judge passes away

Monday, February 19, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Vic Stull.

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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia in 2016. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

By Matier & Ross
Published: February 17, 2018
Updated:   February 18, 2018 6:00am

The latest sex-harassment scandal in the state Legislature took an interesting turn the other day when four of state Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s former staffers alleged that she “spoke graphically” about having sex with other lawmakers in their offices.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: Burum claim available online

Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 06:00 p.m.

The fourth in a series of multi-million dollar claims related to the Colonies prosecution debacle, filed on January 30, 2018, is now available online.

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By Dan Walters | Feb. 18, 2018 | COMMENTARY

This year is the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13, the iconic property tax limit measure that California voters overwhelmingly endorsed in 1978.

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By John Wildermuth
Published: February 16, 2018
Updated:   February 17, 2018 – 8:41am

Rep. Doug LaMalfa, whose Butte County seat is considered among the safest Republican strongholds in the state, faces a long-shot opponent who has out-raised him for the campaign.

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Fourth-quarter apartment rents averaged $1,883 a month in Los Angeles County and $1,871 a month in Orange County, market tracker Reis Inc. reported recently. Rents in the region increased between 3 percent and 5.5 percent last year.

By Jeff Collins | JeffCollins@scng.com | Orange County Register
Published: February 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Updated: February 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

A $300 rent hike threw Noemi Hernandez’ finances into a tizzy in 2016, forcing the part-time cashier to apply for food stamps and curtail spending on other things. A year later, her rent went up another $160.

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By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com
Leigh Poitinger | lpoitinger@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
Published:  February 14, 2018 at 6:00 am
Updated:    February 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm

As California suffers through another dry winter, increasing fears that drought conditions may be returning, the state’s residents are dropping conservation habits that were developed during the last drought and steadily increasing their water use with each passing month.

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State income tax revenues for January totaled $16.34 billion, which was $2.53 billion higher than expected.

By Kathleen Pender
Published: February 13, 2018
Updated: February 13, 2018 – 4:00pm

California’s tax revenues far exceeded expectations in January for the second consecutive month, but it remains to be seen how much of the excess reflects underlying strength in the economy, versus people speeding up their 2017 state income tax payments while they were still fully deductible on federal tax returns.

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From left, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Mayor Pro Tem Chris Mac Arthur, City Manager John Russo and City Attorney Gary Geuss. A weekly planning meeting didn’t happen Monday, Feb. 12, when Bailey’s colleagues did not attend. (File photos)

By Ryan Hagen | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Updated: February 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

Since before Rusty Bailey was elected Riverside mayor in 2012, the city’s top officials — the mayor, city manager, city attorney, city clerk and mayor pro tem — have met nearly every Monday in what they call the Teamwork and Communication meeting.

But Monday, Feb. 12, everyone but Bailey refused to attend.

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It has not yet been publicly divulged whether either will substantiate the accusations against City Manager Gabriel Elliott or Mayor Rich Kerr.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
@DP_Shea
Posted:    Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 at 5:10 PM

ADELANTO — Separate sexual harassment investigations into the city’s highest-ranking administrator and top public official have been completed, with written reports on each expected “imminently,” a city official said Monday.

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By Jeff Stein
February 12, 2018

California’s plan to shield residents from a tax hike under President Trump’s tax plan is likely to fail, said seven former high-ranking Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department officials.

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Business Wire: Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. to Acquire Grandpoint Capital, Inc.

Business Wire
February 12, 2018

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (PPBI) (the “Company,” “Pacific Premier,” “we,” “us” or “our”), the holding company of Pacific Premier Bank (“Pacific Premier Bank”), and Grandpoint Capital, Inc. (OTC Pink: GPNC) (“Grandpoint”) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Pacific Premier will acquire Grandpoint in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $641.2 million, or $18.57 per share, based on a closing price for Pacific Premier’s common stock of $39.10 as of February 9, 2018.

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InlandPolitics: Filing period opens for June primary election

Monday, February 12, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s finally here. The long-awaited filing period for the June 5, 2018 primary election is officially open.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, February 12, 2018

The use of the word “unsustainable” had a distant echo this month as the League of California Cities issued a study of CalPERS rates, a move to get stronger local options for controlling rising pension costs.

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By Monica Crowley, opinion contributor — 02/12/18 08:00 AM EST

In all of the discussions about the political weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, alleged corruption at the highest echelons of those agencies and serial abuse of the secret FISA process surrounding the 2016 election, one name has been conspicuously absent: President Barack Obama.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
February 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

A consulting firm getting more than $40 million from Riverside County to make county government more efficient used a misleading measure to claim it improved response times at the Sheriff’s Hemet station, sheriff’s officials said in a wide-ranging critique of the firm’s efforts.

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By Imran Ghori | ighori@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm | Updated: February 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

A Riverside County judge has sided with critics of the planned World Logistics Center in ruling that an environmental study for the project was flawed.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: February 9, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Updated: February 9, 2018 at 6:54 pm

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos officially declared his candidacy Friday, Feb. 9, for the Inland state Assembly seat held by Rancho Cucamonga Republican Marc Steinorth.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Attorneys alleging the mishandling of reports of sexual abuse by former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Patrick Kirkland have sued another former teacher, alleging he sexually abused a student.

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More than 600 hundred brick buildings in the Inland Empire are unretrofitted and at risk of collapse during a major earthquake, despite decades of warning, a Times analysis has found

By Rosanna Xia, Rong-Gong Lin II and Raoul Rañoa
Feb 09, 2018 | 8:35 AM

In a fast-growing Inland Empire churning out new housing tracts, the city of Redlands is a throwback to an older, more regal era.

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By Liset Marquez | lmarquez@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
February 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Ontario-Montclair School District is facing a $5.5 million deficit for the 2018-19 school year due to declining enrollment and increasing retirement obligations.

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Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with CDCR, pushed back on Ramos’ assertions, saying the board under the law must assess whether individuals have turned their lives around and they reject parole the vast majority of the time. “Unfortunately, D.A. Ramos is wrong on the facts and politicizing a serious process that’s been in place in California for more than a century,” Waters said in an email to the Daily Press. “The Parole Board is made up of law enforcement and public safety professionals with decades of experience, including a former prison warden, assistant sheriff, CHP division chief and supervising deputy district attorney, among others.”

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM
Updated Feb 6, 2018 at 5:29 PM

“Are you kidding me? I mean what’s going on in this state?” Ramos told the Daily Press. “We’re going to have to take back this system.”

Strongly urging the governor to reject their recommendations, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos castigated the California Board of Parole Hearings on Tuesday as liberal agendists after six convicted murderers in this County were granted parole last month.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Attorney’s Union gives to Ramos, Rutherford

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.

How does the saying go? Time heals all wounds.

Apparently that’s the case with the relationship between the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association (SBCPAA), and both County Supervisor Janice Rutherford and District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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Ken Petchow left. County Supervisor Janice Rutherford right.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 5, 2018 at 5:29 pm | Updated: February 6, 2018 at 9:41 am

A member of the San Antonio Heights Association announced Monday he is running against incumbent Janice Rutherford for her seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Dow drops 1,175 points — Get over it!

February 5, 2018 – 03:00 p.m.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a basket of thirty stocks, dropped 1,175 points at Monday’s close. The index had been down 1,600 earlier.

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Monday, February 5, 2018 – 11:00 a.m.

Rancho Cucamonga-based Attorney Jason Anderson has pulled initial papers to run for San Bernardino County District Attorney.

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Former Colonies trial bribery defendant, Mark Kirk, walks his daughter Audrey, 6, to school on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Kirk walks his daughter to school nearly every day. (Sarah Alvarado for The Sun)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: February 5, 2018 at 11:35 am | Updated: February 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

Mark Kirk remembers one of the longest nights of his life: May 9, 2011 — the night before he surrendered himself to authorities at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) delivers his final State of the State address in Sacramento on Jan. 25. Democrats who want to replace him are aiming even further left in a state already known for its liberal politics. (Pool/Reuters)

By Scott Wilson
February 3, 2018

SACRAMENTO — For those who think California politics is on the far-left fringe of the national spectrum, stand by. The next election season, already well underway here, will showcase a younger generation of Democrats that is more liberal and personally invested in standing up to President Trump’s Washington than those leaving office.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018 – 07:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles beat the New England Patriots in a hard fought battle in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
February 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

And they thought passage was the hard part.

Almost a year after Democratic leaders and a coalition of business, local government and labor interests lobbied furiously to get a massive road-repair bill through the state Legislature, the same alliance is ready to defend a 12-cent-per-gallon increase in California’s gas tax that’s key to the bill’s aim of raising more than $50 billion over 10 years.

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The County of San Bernardino Government Center in San Bernardino. (File art)

By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: February 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Updated: February 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm

California legislators aren’t the only ones named in documents released Friday regarding public harassment in California’s state capital.

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By Jim Steinberg | jsteinberg@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
February 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm

A division director for the San Bernardino County Probation Department has been put on administrative leave following a felony arrest Wednesday, Jan. 31, the agency’s spokeswoman said Saturday.

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By Dan Walters | Feb. 4, 2018 | Commentary

From one end of California to the other, hundreds of cities are facing a tsunami of pension costs that officials say is forcing them to reduce vital services and could drive some—perhaps many—into functional insolvency or even bankruptcy.

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Fed caps growth at Wells Fargo over sham accounts, other consumer abuses.

By James Rufus Koren
Feb 02, 2018 | 5:25 PM

The Federal Reserve ordered Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday to cap its growth and improve its corporate governance, punishment for what the regulator called “widespread consumer abuses and other compliance breakdowns” at the San Francisco financial giant.

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By John Myers
Feb. 1, 2018 – 3:53 p.m.

Citing limited options for raising local taxes, the association representing hundreds of California cities warned that rising public employee pension costs might mean fewer services and longer emergency response times over the next several years.

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By Liam Dillon
Feb. 1, 2018 – 3:30 p.m.

Almost every city and county in California will have to streamline its rules for approving new housing following the passage of legislation last year, the state Department of Housing and Community Development said Thursday.

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Bloomberg: California Could See the Return of $4 Gasoline by May

By Milana Vinn
January 31, 2018, 12:12 PM PST

  • Price at the pump rose to $3.30, the highest since 2015
  • Increase in state’s gasoline taxes adds pressure on consumers

Motorists in California, the state with the most expensive gasoline, could see pump prices that begin with a 4 again as oil markets rally.

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By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
February 01, 2018 – 12:01 AM

California’s swelling budget reserves are approaching a point where the state by law can’t save any more money ‑ but don’t expect a tax rebate.

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Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, answers questions regarding the Colonies corruption case during an interview at his office in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca., Thursday, September 28, 2017. Burum is one of the three defendants in the San Bernardino County-Colonies corruption case that were recently found not guilty of all charges, after a prolonged trial that lasted nearly eight months. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm | Updated: January 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Developer Jeffrey Burum, who was acquitted of all charges in the Colonies corruption case last year, filed on Tuesday a malicious prosecution and civil rights violation claim against San Bernardino County and the State of California, with his attorney saying the failed prosecution turned his client’s life “into a living hell.”

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By Jim Erwin, InlandPolitics.com
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 – 09:00 p.m.

Jim Erwin of InlandPolitics.com will now be a guest on The Lou Desmond and Company Show each and every Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm.

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IE Business Daily: Republican Tax Plan a Boon for Working Americans

January 27, 2018

When Republicans in Congress passed the largest tax reform in the last 30 years, the opposition party held press conferences decrying the measure and telling the nation it was actually a big tax increase for the middle class. They referred to it as “Armageddon” and other outlandish descriptions of gloom and doom. Not a single Democrat in either the House of Representatives or the Senate voted for the measure.

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 29, 2018 | Commentary

During his second governorship, Jerry Brown has frequently touted big public-works projects as the mark of a great society—a marked change from his first stint four decades ago, when “small is beautiful” and “lower your expectations” were his oft-voiced themes.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Trump’s immigration plan puts Democrats in a vise

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., rallies in support of the “Dreamers” during a protest on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana, Associated Press)

By Carolyn Lochhead
Published: January 27, 2018
Updated: January 27, 2018 8:36 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s newly released plan to resolve the fate of young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children would constitute the biggest change to immigration policy in decades, putting Democrats and their allies in a painful vise.

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The Sun: Judge dismisses all perjury charges against High Desert developer John Dino

John “Dino” Defazio stands charged with six felony counts of perjury in connection with his 2009 grand jury testimony in the Colonies public corruption case, which ended in acquittal in August for three of the defendants and dismissal of all charges in September against a fourth defendant.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 26, 2018 at 11:14 am | Updated: January 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday dismissed all six felony perjury charges against High Desert developer John Dino DeFazio, a figure in the Colonies corruption case who was accused of lying to the grand jury.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos speaks at the 2016 State of Education address at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino in this 2016 file photo. (File photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG.)

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Updated: January 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos has filed paperwork for a potential 2018 run against Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, shaking up the race for a battleground district targeted heavily by Democrats in the last election.

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By Andrew Khouri
Jan 24, 2018 | 2:35 PM

Southern California median home price breaks record set last decade during housing bubble.

The Southern California median home price in December finally surpassed bubble-era highs, a milestone that took more than a decade to achieve and is once again raising concerns that housing is too costly.

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 25, 2018 | Commentary

The state’s top political figures—U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in particular—received a harsh reminder this week that what plays in liberal California may be a liability elsewhere.

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The state Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice is announcing this morning its investigation into San Bernardino County’s Child Protective Services system and allegations that children are repeatedly placed into abusive homes, where they have been severely abused, some to the point of death. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun, SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 24, 2018 at 7:45 pm | Updated: January 24, 2018 at 7:55 pm

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the adoptive parents of two boys alleges the San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services failed to disclose that one of the boys had a history of sexually abusing his younger brother and other children.

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LA Observed: Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group

By Kevin Roderick | January 22, 2018 11:43 PM

At least 10 staffers in sports and a whole bunch of photographers were let go Monday by the Southern California News Group papers. The cuts were telegraphed just over a week ago in somber Friday afternoon staff gatherings. Today the first journalists found out their jobs were ending.

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Politico: Democrats get rolled in shutdown standoff

The three-day standoff offered more proof that government closures never end well for those making the demands.

By Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim
Published:    01/22/2018 – 02:19 PM EST
Updated:      01/22/2018 – 04:20 PM EST

Senate Democrats shut down the government in hopes of striking a deal to shield 700,000 young immigrants from deportation. In the end, they got a promise of a vote — one that Republicans argue was going to happen anyway.

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One of the elevated sections of the high-speed rail line under construction in Fresno. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)
By Ralph Vartabedian
Jan 21, 2018 | 4:00 AM

Massive cost overruns threaten to derail the bullet train. Here’s what has to change

Only two years ago, the California rail authority unveiled an ambitious plan to begin operating a segment of bullet train service between San Jose and the Central Valley by 2025. It would take nearly every penny in its checkbook, but the rail authority assured the public it would work.

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By Patrick McGreevy
Jan. 19, 2018 – 3:32 p.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday to support mandatory union fees for public employees.

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Former San Bernardino County Assessor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus listen to the judge during his hearing at the San Bernardino Justice Center in San Bernardino, Ca., Friday, January 19, 2018. Postmus’ sentencing for crime he committed at the Assessor’s Office in 2007 and 2008 and in the Colonies public corruption case,was postponed because he retained new lawyer Jeffery Jeffrey Lawrence. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 19, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Updated: January 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Sentencing for former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus was delayed on Friday after Postmus retained a new attorney, who told the judge he may file a motion to withdraw Postmus’s 2011 guilty plea.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County BOS-4: Papers pulled to challenge Hagman

San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman left. Chaffey School Board Trustee Gloria Negrete-McLoed left.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 11:15 a.m.

A rematch looks to be on tap for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Finally! Campaign season has arrived

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10:15 a.m.

The statewide primary is officially on the radar screen and perspective candidates must start preparing their candidacy paperwork, and raising money for their endeavors.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Campaigns: Hold that Date!

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.

Things could go just a little bit better for San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis.

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Clifford Young, president of the board of directors for the West Valley Water District in Rialto, during a recent interview.

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 17, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Updated: January 17, 2018 at 11:30 pm

A lawsuit accusing a Rialto water district’s board president of improper hiring and spending backs the accounts of current and former top administrators who were placed on leave and are under investigation after speaking out.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm | Updated: January 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Former Inland assemblywoman Cheryl Brown wants her old job back.

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
Published: January 16, 2018 at 7:00 am | Updated: January 16, 2018 at 6:36 pm

Victims of former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Kirkland were “negligent” and partly to blame for what happened to them, the Redlands Unified School District said in a court document.

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By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
January 12, 2018 12:25 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown this week predicted that his 2012 pension law will survive union challenges in court and blow a hole in the so-called “California rule” that has restricted changes to public employee retirement plans for half a century.

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By Joe Garofoli
Published: January 11, 2018
Updated:   January 11, 2018 – 11:50 pm

There are now four major Democrats and three Republicans running for governor. In California, that means there are too many Republicans in the race.

Hey, that’s not just my opinion. Ask Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party.

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Slate: The Innocence Deniers

When convictions are clearly wrong, these prosecutors don’t just hinder justice—they actively work against it.

By Lara Bazelon
January 10, 2018

Davontae Sanford was 14 years old when he confessed to murdering four people in a drug house on Detroit’s East Side. Left alone with detectives in a late-night interrogation, Sanford says he broke down after being told he could go home if he gave them “something.” On the advice of a lawyer whose license was later suspended for misconduct, Sanford pleaded guilty in the middle of his March 2008 trial and received a sentence of 39 to 92 years in prison.

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The Sun: Beaumont corruption probe prosecutors argue against dropping charges

By Richard K. De Atley | rdeatley@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
January 10, 2018 at 4:02 pm

The final defendant in the Beaumont corruption case “expressly and unmistakably” surrendered his right to a speedy preliminary hearing, and a claim that he was denied a chance to see the evidence against him is “clearly contrived,” prosecutors said Wednesday as they asked a judge to deny his motion for dismissal.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon speaks during the memorial service for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Lawrence “Larry” Falce at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Ca., January 9, 2018. Well off-duty, Falce, a 36-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was assaulted following a minor traffic crash in San Bernardino and later died from his injuries. (John Valenzuela/The Sun/SCNG

By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Updated: January 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Marjorie Falce-Jorgensen gazed upon an audience of 1,000 mourners and spoke about heroes and villains and family.

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By Richard K. De Atley |
Published: January 9, 2018 at 10:32 am | Updated: January 10, 2018 at 6:12 am

The last defendant in the Beaumont corruption case wants a judge to throw his charges out, saying he was wrongly denied a speedy preliminary hearing and that prosecutors have dragged their feet in producing evidence.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 8, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Updated: January 9, 2018 at 6:06 am

Riverside County’s $161 million savings could plummet to $8 million if costs aren’t cut, according to a new county staff report.

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Monday, January 8, 2018 – 12:00 a.m.

A San Diego appellate court has affirm a $6.5 million jury award to the target of  murder-for-hire scheme involving two member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

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CALmatters: Commentary: Minimum wage hike, other acts have consequences

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By Dan Walters | Jan. 7, 2018 |

Outwardly, the McDonalds restaurant just off Highway 101 in Pismo Beach doesn’t look any different from the 1,500 or so others in California.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 – 1:00 a.m.

A Great Recession give-back forced upon San Bernardino County employees will no longer apply to the county’s highest paid management employees, if county supervisors approve revisions to what is known as the exempt compensation plan on Tuesday.

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Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
January 6, 2018 at 7:00 am

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott’s recent allegations that Mayor Rich Kerr and two councilmembers repeatedly broke the law and violated the city charter echo allegations by three former longtime employees who are suing the city for wrongful termination.

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By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 6, 2018 at 10:00 am | Updated: January 6, 2018 at 11:01 am

The driver whose car had collided with that of off-duty San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce on New Year’s Eve is accused of balling his fist and unleashing a devastating punch to Falce’s head.

The 70-year-old fell back, lifeless, and struck the rear of his head on the pavement at Kendall Drive and University Parkway in San Bernardino.

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By Brian Rokos | brokos@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: January 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm | UPDATED: January 5, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Services for San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce, who died Jan. 2, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 9.

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By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: January 5, 2018 at 1:41 pm | UPDATED: January 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Assembly Democratic leaders Thursday, Jan. 4, appointed Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, as assistant majority whip for the 2017-18 session.

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Associated Press: California driver charged with single-punch murder of deputy

This undated photo released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department shows deputy Lawrence Falce. Falce has died after he was punched by a driver after an off-duty traffic accident on New Year’s Eve. The Sheriff’s Department says Falce died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in a hospital. Authorities say the 70-year-old deputy and another driver collided Sunday morning near California State University, San Bernardino. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Associated Press
January 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A 70-year-old, off-duty sheriff’s deputy braked to avoid two dogs and was rear-ended by a driver who then got out and delivered a fatal punch, police said Wednesday in announcing a murder charge against the man.

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The Sun: Sexual harassment allegations are trumped up, Adelanto city manager says

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By Joe Nelson | jnelson@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
PUBLISHED: January 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Adelanto City Manager Gabriel Elliott denies allegations by former city employees that he sexually harassed them, saying he believes they are trumped up, designed to embarrass him, and that Mayor Rich Kerr is likely behind it.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Falce accompanying a child during a 2017 SEBA Christmas Shop with a Cop event.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 – 09:30 p.m.

A 36-year veteran deputy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has succumbed to injuries sustained from an unprovoked off-duty attack.

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The Grapevine: Op-Ed: The Colonies Trial and the forgotten man

Rex Gutierrez
Monday, January 1, 05:00 p.m.

The seven-year Colonies “Trial of the Century” is over. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, with then-Attorney General Jerry Brown at his side, proclaimed that this was the biggest public corruption scandal in the history of the county and the state of California. Surely this was the impetus that would propel Ramos to statewide, and possibly national office!

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InlandPolitics: Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Monday, January 1, 2018 – 12:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish all of our readers a safe and Happy New Year!

Retired San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Hammock has died at age 77. (Courtesy photo)

By Jim Steinberg | jsteinberg@scng.com | San Bernardino Sun
PUBLISHED: December 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm | UPDATED: December 30, 2017 at 11:11 pm

Former San Bernardino County Supervisor and former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert L. Hammock died Dec. 12, at age 77, following a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, San Bernardino County officials announced Saturday.

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Michael Smolens
December 29, 2017 – 05:00 a.m.

In the past few years, local taxpayers have saved a lot of money.

For those getting water from the Sweetwater Authority, it was $2.7 million.

In the Carlsbad Unified School District, folks saved $10.2 million.

And in San Diego, it was a whopping $323 million.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart showing the increase spending…

Credit: Associated Press
By Associated Press
Thursday, December 28, 2017

For decades in California, a sacrosanct rule has governed public employees’ pensions: Benefits promised can never be taken away.

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InlandPolitics: Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 25, 2017 – 12:00 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Be safe out there!

 

InlandPolitics: Corrupt Justice in a dark county

Sunday, December 24, 2017 – 09:00 p.m.

It’s time!

After months of reflection on just what happened in the ill-conceived, not to mention corrupt, Colonies prosecution, let’s put it all out there.

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