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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Shelby Grad and Richard Winton
February 10, 2016

At the center of the FBI’s investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora’s Box.

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Riverside County Sheriff

Supervisor says firm hired to review public safety spending has complained about sheriff’s office.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 – 3:48 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione this week called out Sheriff Stan Sniff, saying the sheriff’s office has been less than forthcoming with information for an ongoing review of public safety spending.

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

Morongo Casino

The sun sets on the Morongo Casino Resort Spa in Cabazon, Calif., in 2005. The leader of the wealthy Riverside County tribe has raised concerns about fantasy sports legislation. (Glenn Koenig/AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 10, 2016 – 3:33 PM

  • The Morongo and San Manuel bands question the legislation’s fairness
  • Tribes suggest daily fantasy sports games are illegal
  • Assembly Bill 1437 swept through the Assembly last month

The daily fantasy sports industry’s string of easy wins in the California Legislature may be about to end.

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Patrick McGreevy
February 10, 2016

The state’s ethics watchdog agency has launched a yearlong overhaul of California’s law governing campaign finance and lobbying with an eye toward streamlining and simplifying rules that many politicians complain are too complex, the agency’s top official said Wednesday.

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Los Angeles Times: Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

Lee Baca

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
February 10, 2016

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency.

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Daily Press: 7 deputies return to work

SBCO Sheriff Badge

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted: Feb. 9, 2016 at 11:26 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2016 at 4:44 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Seven deputies placed on paid administrative leave but not charged for their role in the April 9 arrest and beating of Francis Pusok returned to work late last week, a Sheriff’s Department official said Tuesday.

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New Hampshire Flag

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump is now the official front-runner after his strong New Hampshire Primary Election victory Tuesday night.

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

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The Weekly Standard

By Fred Barnes
Feb 10, 2016 – 6:44 AM|

Donald Trump got everything he wanted in New Hampshire primary—and a whole lot more. He’s not only a stronger frontrunner in the Republican race than ever; he’s now in the driver’s seat on the road to the presidential nomination.

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Vote hinges on whether deal can be reached with county D.A.

Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Updated:  Feb. 10, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

Riverside council members decided late Tuesday to place a measure on the June ballot that would give the city attorney the power to prosecute misdemeanor crimes.

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

Ontario International Airport

Published: Feb. 9, 2016 – Updated: 1:25 p.m.

Registration is open for Claremont McKenna College’s half-day conference about the future of Ontario International Airport.

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

PAC

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 9, 2016 – 4:08 PM

  • Maplight, Secretary of State’s Office launch enhancement to Power Search
  • People can look up independent expenditures affecting particular candidates, ballot measures
  • Offers alternative to cumbersome Cal-Access search function

Voters trying to follow the torrent of unlimited outside spending during this year’s California campaigns now have an easier-to-use alternative to the state’s unwieldy Cal-Access system: an enhanced search tool launched Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 9, 2016 3:25 PM

  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom already running
  • Treasurer John Chiang ‘leaning strongly’
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly and Tom Steyer are in the mix

The 2016 political campaign season has scarcely begun, so of course it’s time to begin noodling about 2018 – and particularly the governorship that Jerry Brown will finally relinquish.

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Exxon Mobil

An Exxon Mobil ship sailed for 70 days off the coast of Singapore but never picked up fuel for California from the company’s two refineries there. Above, an Exxon tanker truck. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Ivan Penn
February 9, 2016

There’s an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship.

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calpers

CalPERS has completed the purchase of a New York office building for $1.9 billion.

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
February 9, 2016 – 10:18 AM

  • Purchase is one of largest real estate investments in fund’s history
  • Almost fully leased, building represents conservative strategy

CalPERS has completed one of the biggest real estate investments in its history, purchasing a New York office tower for $1.9 billion.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Lawmakers seek to loosen encryption on smartphones

Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

By Melody Gutierrez
February 8, 2016
Updated: February 9, 2016 – 7:27am

SACRAMENTO — A fight over encryption-protected smartphone data is heating up in California and New York where lawmakers and law enforcement groups are pushing bills to enable investigators to unscramble data to obtain critical evidence in human trafficking, terrorism and child pornography cases.

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Healthcare Tax

California
Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press
February 8, 2016 – 6:26 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

The California Legislature on Monday unveiled a bill imposing a new tax on health insurance plans that would prevent a massive $1.1 billion hole in the state budget.

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Capitol Public Radio

Bob Moffitt
Monday, February 8, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

The California Petroleum Market Advisory Commission heard testimony from oil company and consumer groups today explaining why we’re paying 77 cents-per-gallon more for gas than the rest of the country.

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Gas Prices

A variety of factors have conspired to boost California gasoline prices. A gas tax, state and local taxes and a federal excise tax are just part of the cause. (The Associated Press)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/08/16 – 5:56 PM PST |

California motorists have long complained about high prices at the pump, but few drivers are aware of all the factors that push gasoline prices so high.

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The Sun: How the former Rialto Airport will be developed

Rialto-Seal

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/07/16 – 4:20 PM PST |

RIALTO >> One of the larger redevelopment projects in the Inland Empire is currently taking shape in and around the former Rialto Airport, with developers in discussions with potential tenants and city officials eager to usher in new housing, job and revenue opportunities.

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DMV

Tatiana Sanchez
February 7, 2016

Judith Benitez had gone most of her adult life without knowing how to drive.

The 35-year-old woman from Mexico who is in the U.S. illegally would ask family members for rides to pick up her children from school. Trips to the grocery store or the doctor’s office were complicated.

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InlandPolitics: GOP Polls: Donald Trump expands lead in New Hampshire

Polling

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 01:30 p.m.

Five fresh polls out of the state of New Hampshire released on Sunday Morning give a better indication on voter preference in the state.

The news was good for front-runner Donald J. Trump.

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InlandPolitics: CNN/Fox News: What a difference!

CNN

Fox News

Sunday, February 7, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

I had the opportunity to watch the entire ABC/WMUR GOP debate on Saturday Night, and honestly there’s wasn’t much to speak about.

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Debt

By Melody Gutierrez
February 6, 2016
Updated: February 6, 2016 – 2:53pm

SACRAMENTO — California has come a long way to dig itself out of budget deficits, but the state remains on shaky ground due to nearly $400 billion in unfunded liabilities and debt from public pensions, retiree health care and bonds, financial analysts say.

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Dan Walters

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2016 3:40 PM

  • Bullet train, tunnels would be governor’s legacies
  • Both projects, however, face critical tests
  • Financing for both still very uncertain

The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments.

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GOP Debate - 020716

By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz
Feb. 6, 2016 – 11:44 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — There have been no higher stakes on a Republican debate stage in the 2016 campaign for president than there were Saturday night.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Dissension in paradise?

Paradise

Saturday, February 6, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

There are new rumblings of political dissension at the San Bernardino County Government Center.

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Redlands

IE Business Daily

February 6, 2016

January is a good time for government. While most citizens are recovering from the holidays and getting back to normal life, they aren’t paying much attention to the ramblings of elected officials.

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Eloise Gomez Reyes

Democratic Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes.

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 Updated: 1:49 p.m.

After her rival won the Democratic Party’s pre-endorsement, state Assembly candidate Eloise Reyes is striking back with the AFL-CIO’s help.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Riverside County District Attorney

By Morgan Cook | Feb. 5, 2016 – 6:18 p.m.

The newly minted 2015 Prosecutor of the Year in Riverside County was honored even though he had a recent drunk driving conviction in San Diego County and an altercation with San Diego police that made the news in 2006.

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Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 7:17 PM

  • More than $2.5 million in contributions reported in month leading up to Sept. 11 recess
  • Members of Assembly raised almost all of the money
  • Despite Senate rules restricting fundraising, some members took money

California’s campaign finance disclosure calendar means the public only now is getting a look at elected officials’ fundraising and spending during the second half of 2015.

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Calculator

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 5, 2016 2:06 PM

  • Finance reports show lawmakers have $40 million to spend in election year
  • Legislators collectively had about $3.4 million in outstanding debt Dec. 31.
  • Searchable database shows how much each member has

Members of the California Legislature began the election year with more than $40 million cash on hand after raising about $39 million last year, according to campaign reports filed this week.

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Bloomberg Business: Payrolls in U.S. Climb as Jobless Rate Declines, Wages Rise

Bloomberg Business

Victoria Stilwell
February 5, 2016 — 5:30 AM PST
Updated on February 5, 2016 — 7:16 AM PST

Job growth settled into a more sustainable pace in January and the unemployment rate dropped to an almost eight-year low of 4.9 percent, signs of a resilient labor market that’s causing wage growth to stir.

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The Hill: Poll: Sanders nearly tied with Clinton nationwide

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The Hill

By Bradford Richardson
February 05, 2016, 08:17 am

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has dramatically cut into the nationwide lead of primary rival Hillary Clinton, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

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question-mark

Published: Feb. 4, 2016 – Updated: 10:08 a.m.

Is Shellie Milne the most prolific fundraiser in the race for Riverside County supervisor? Or is it Chuck Washington?

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

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein
dborenstein@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 02/04/2016 06:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/04/2016 09:14:06 PM PST

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed through a 32-year plan to shore up the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino Election: Beard needs 66.8% of remaining 342 votes

Spin Zone

Thursday, February 4, 2016 – 12:30 p.m.

Yep! The race for San Bernardino 7th Ward city council seat is up in the air.

It sure is.

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Victorville

SCLA leading city’s growth spurt, with more expected

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Feb. 3, 2016 at 1:12 PM
Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 5:32 PM

VICTORVILLE — The city touted its economic growth during its annual address Wednesday, announcing that negotiations had concluded to draw a “major” manufacturer to Southern California Logistics Airport that will create 100 new jobs.

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NYSE Trading Floor

Specialist Michael Gagliano, foreground, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The stock market’s problems likely contributed to lower-than-estimated California income tax revenue in January, the LAO reports. (Richard Drew AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
February 3, 2016 3:53 PM

  • Preliminary income tax revenue for January $260 million less than proposed budget estimate
  • Corporation tax for month $93 million above estimates
  • LAO cautions that “continued stock market weakness” could mean lower revenue through June

It’s been a heady ride for California finances in recent years, with budget revenue outpacing estimates by billions of dollars, buoyed along by the state’s healthy economic growth in 2015.

Could that trend be coming to an end?

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Reuters

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – 8:10pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO | By Jim Christie

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino, California, said in a court filing on Wednesday it had reached a tentative agreement with the creditor holding its pension obligation bonds on how the debt would be treated in the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy but did not provide details.

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo “engaged in a regular practice of reckless origination and underwriting” of Federal Housing Administration loans, prosecutors alleged. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

James Rufus Koren
February 3, 2016

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay $1.2 billion to settle claims that it duped the federal government into insuring thousands of risky mortgages in the years leading up to the housing crash, the San Francisco banking giant said Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino election results

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

So much for Rialto Real Estate Broker Scott Beard shaking up San Bernardino City Hall from the inside.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Supervisor Marion Ashley presents 16-point plan to address financial challenges, which the board agrees to have staff look more into.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 3, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Employee furloughs, Friday office closures and a hiring freeze are among the ideas suggested by a Riverside County supervisor Tuesday, Feb. 2 to deal with the county’s ongoing financial challenges.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 3:37 PM

  • California’s governor wants new taxes for health care, highways
  • Republicans oppose any new levies
  • The two proposals, however, are different

Within the Capitol – and the media that cover it – there’s a tendency to conjoin Gov. Jerry Brown’s two tax-increase proposals.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Joel Rubin
February 2, 2016

A federal jury found two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies guilty Tuesday of falsifying records about the beating of a jail inmate but deadlocked on whether the deputies used excessive force.

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Hit Pieces

A screen grab of VoterPros, part of a new crop of web-based platforms that allow candidates to design and send their own campaign mailers.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 1:09 PM

  • Website from California consultants is latest in growing field

Campaign mailers promoting candidates, a staple of political races even in an age of social media appeals, are getting a reboot of sorts.

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Sean Flynn
Congressional candidate Sean Flynn. (Sean Flynn for Congress)

Javier Panzar
February 2, 2016

Another Republican has entered the race to challenge Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), a first-term congressman whose Inland Empire seat is considered vulnerable this fall by both national Democrats and Republicans.

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CCPOA

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 5:38 PM

At 11,459 pages, the political action committee finance statement filed by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association Monday night is a hefty tome and quite possible a record-setter for the largest disclosure ever filed by a PAC.

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Sierra Snowpack

Water & Drought
By Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler
rsabalow@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 10:12 AM

  • State regulators, urging caution, extend conservation mandates through October
  • Latest tally shows Sierra snowpack above normal
  • Sacramento water officials sought more leniency on conservation

The snow keeps piling up, but the rules requiring water conservation aren’t going away.

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San Bernardino Police

Police Officer Edward Lee, a member of the San Bernardino Police Department, at a wall that a robber reportedly climbed. (Credit Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times)

By Michael Wines
Feb. 2, 2016

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Detective Ryan Wicks trained the headlights of his Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor on a young man spotted fleeing local gang members and climbed out of his car, a battered black-and-white cruiser of mid-2000s vintage. The odometer stood north of 95,000 miles. A rear fender was scarred by the belt buckles of hundreds of suspects who had been spread-eagled against it.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, fire union resolve $40 million in claims

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/01/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An agreement between the city and its firefighter union that ends more than $40 million worth of disputes is now final, with approval from both sides.

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Kelly Fredericks

The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer. (Courtesy photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/01/16, 5:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> When the new executive director for the Ontario International Airport Authority takes the helm in March, he will earn an annual salary of $398,500 — and bonuses could push it over $500,000 a year.

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Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: congress.1018.kjs --- Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register -- 10/17/15 Coverage of a debate for candidates seeking to replacing outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange. 10/17/15

Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. (Kevin Sullivan – Staff Photographer)

By Teri Sforza
Feb. 1, 2016
Updated Feb. 2, 2016 – 12:07 a.m.

The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

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Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler
Monday, February 1, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

New fundraising reports show two Democrats lead the field in California’s U.S. Senate race, just as they do in recent polls.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 1, 2016 3:55 PM

  • Fuel prices drop to under $2 a gallon in some areas
  • As prices decline, gas taxes are adjusted downward
  • Meanwhile, politicians mull raising taxes for roadwork

California gasoline prices have been dropping sharply of late – below $2 a gallon in some areas.

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Campaigns

Abby Sewell
February 1, 2016

Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: Iowa Caucus: Cruz, Trump, Rubio, Carson, Paul and Bush earn delegates

Election Results

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 p.m.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (27.7%) took first place in the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening.

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Election 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The Iowa Caucus is finally here.

Thank God!

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SBCO

Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s nice that San Bernardino County coffers are flush with money.

Because it looks like it’ll be needed for the pension fund, the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA).

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 31, 2016 3:30 PM

  • State’s residents had nation’s sixth-highest tax burden in 2012
  • That was a drop from fourth a year earlier
  • Voters will decide this year whether to increase tax load

California’s state and local governments hit us with about $250 billion in taxes every year, $6,000-plus per Californian.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

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U.S. News and World Report

By Jeff Horwitz and Jack Gillum, Associated Press
Associated Press
Jan. 31, 2016, at 11:56 p.m.

  • Trump’s personal loan accounted for much of his fundraising during the last few months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign filings show the billionaire show the Republican front-runner spent just $6.8 million in the final three months of last year. The outlay is less than half of what Ted Cruz, his nearest rival in the polls, spent during the same period.

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Money

Bloomberg Business

By Adam Pearce and Mira Rojanasakul
January 31, 2016

On Jan. 31, presidential candidates reported how much they raised and spent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Super-PACs also filed their third and fourth quarter fundraising and spending. Here are the latest standings.

To read expanded article, click here.

Bloomberg: How Trump Carved Up Cruz’s Support in Weeks Before Iowa Caucus

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

New data from the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll, and interviews with the candidates’ campaign managers, shed light on the clash that could decide the Monday’s winner.

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Bloomberg Politics

Joshua Green and Sahil Kapur
January 31, 2016 — 9:09 AM PST

Over the last several weeks, the story of the Iowa caucuses has become the battle between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

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The newest Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is escorted by Chief Justice John Roberts, as they step outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, for photos following an investiture ceremony with their colleagues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 – 04:20 p.m.

The campaign finance filings for the declared California Attorney General candidates are in, and the disparate numbers speak for themselves.

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The Sun: Two San Bernardino council elections Tuesday

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/16 – 5:30 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two seats on the City Council — enough to swing the balance of a city government that’s recently made controversial decisions and is slated to make others — are up for grabs Tuesday.

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Cheryl Brown

Saxophonist Eddie M dances with Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a Sheila E. concert on the Capitol steps hosted by the Black Legislative Caucus on June 17, 2015. (Andrew Seng / The Sacramento Bee file)

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
January 30, 2016 3:23 PM

  • Assemblywoman receives 80 percent of pre-endorsement vote from local Democratic delegates
  • Brown faces controversial challenge from fellow Democrat after vote on climate change bill last session
  • In another intraparty fight, longtime Rep. Mike Honda narrowly fails to win pre-endorsement

Despite an unusual challenge from a fellow Democrat, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown received enough support at a delegate vote in her San Bernardino-area district Saturday to secure the party’s endorsement at its upcoming convention.

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Primary Schedule - 2016

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 01/30/2016 – 01:24:46 PM PST

After months of nonstop cable TV chatter and a political story line worthy of an Aaron Sorkin parallel universe, it’s finally time for the country to start picking its presidential nominees. But this time might be different — Californians’ votes could really count for the first time in decades.

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The Sentinel: Ramos’s Quashing Of Grand Jury Probes Seen As Obstruction Of Justice

San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Mark Gutglueck
Saturday, January 30, 2016

County civil grand jurors who have taken up investigations deemed highly problematic for top elected officials, senior county staff members and department heads and the county itself have been forced to drop those lines of inquiry and threatened with prosecution if they persist in exploring those issues, the Sentinel is informed.

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MarketWatch: U.S. GDP fizzles in the fourth quarter

Economy

By Jeffry Bartash, Reporter
Published: Jan 29, 2016 – 1:30 p.m. ET

  • Growth tapers off as consumers, businesses cut back
  • Exports were a drag on growth throughout 2015.

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The economy bogged down at the end of 2015, raising questions about whether U.S. growth is losing momentum.

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Eric Linder

Assemblyman Eric Linder, R-Corona, in 2013. SEIU California announced Friday that it has endorsed Linder, R-Corona, the first Republican endorsed by the union in 20-plus years. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 29, 2016 3:07 PM

  • Linder could be Democratic target in 2016
  • Union endorses some Democratic incumbents in races but not another

Assemblyman Eric Linder could be a Democratic target this year, with at least three Democrats so far announcing candidacies for Linder’s western Riverside County district.

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Politico

A new batch of just over 900 messages released Friday contains 11 deemed ‘secret’.

By Josh Gerstein and Rachael Bade
Published: 01/29/16 – 03:27 PM EST
Updated: 01/29/16 – 08:39 PM EST

The furor over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account grew more serious for the Democratic presidential front-runner Friday as the State Department designated 22 of the messages from her account “top secret.”

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William Bailey

Riverside Mayor William Rusty Bailey speaks during his State of the City Address, on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016. (David Bauman – Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 28, 2016
Updated: Jan. 29, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Speech highlights tech, jobs plans and infrastructure projects.

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Acquanetta Warren

During her State of the City speech, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren said that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the growth of the city. (Photo by Jim Steinberg)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:54 PM PST |

FONTANA >> Mayor Acquanetta Warren said Thursday that “inclusiveness for all citizens” is vital to the city of more than 204,000 residents.

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City of Industry

City of Industry City Council closes their council meeting after a closed session on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The state controller’s audit concludes “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” over the past decade in the City of Industry. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, LA Daily News
Posted: 01/28/16 – 10:19 AM PST |

The state’s top fiscal officer has audited the city of Industry and concluded “the potential for fraud, waste, and abuse of public resources was extremely high” in the city over the past decade.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 28, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Kamala Harris silent as Legislature weighs sports betting
  • It should be a bedrock issue for an attorney general’s input
  • Her passivity raises doubts about her being a U.S. senator

California’s attorney general has responsibilities and powers second only to those of the governor, and the office’s occupant is always in position to climb the political ladder.

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Solar panels

By David R. Baker
January 28, 2016
Updated: January 28, 2016 – 3:44pm

The solar industry scored a major victory Thursday when a divided California Public Utilities Commission voted to keep largely intact the system that compensates solar homeowners for excess electricity that they place on the grid.

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The Sun: San Bernardino gets $148 parcel tax, fire outsourcing

San Bernardino Seal

Local Agency Formation Commission voted unanimously to move forward Wednesday with the city of San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/27/16 – 11:09 AM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at Stanford University on Tuesday. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 27, 2016

Almost four decades after he signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday moved to ease its effect, proposing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses be given a chance at early release.

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Accounting

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
January 27, 2016 11:12 AM

  • The state’s unfunded liability grew, but more slowly than expected

California faces a $74.1 billion obligation to cover state retirees’ medical expenses over the next three decades, according to a new report released by state Controller Betty Yee.

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Daily Press: Hesperia City Council approves Tapestry Project

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5-0 votes pave way for massive housing development

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 12:01 AM – Updated at 10:54 PM

HESPERIA — During a boisterous and historic public meeting, a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall watched as the City Council voted to approve the massive Tapestry Project on Tuesday night.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 26, 2016 5:09 PM

  • PUC president made secret deal on nuke plant shutdown
  • San Diego attorney hunts for connection to governor
  • Judge’s ruling could force Brown to make disclosures

Jerry Brown distances himself from embarrassing situations in the state government he ostensibly commands, never adopting Harry Truman’s “the buck stops here” attitude.

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Snow People

Snow people were close by as the California Department of Water Resources collected samples during the first snow survey of the season, at Phillips Station, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. (Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

By Peter Fimrite
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Updated 4:04 pm

The heavens have opened up this winter and are dumping gobs of snow on the Sierra Nevada.

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InlandPolitics: The Big Mo! – Trump juggernaut continues

Polls

Tuesday, January 26, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Trump train has left the station and it’s gaining steam.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/25/16 – 9:10 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and one of its most consistent legal adversaries, the fire union, have a tentative agreement that ends all of their legal disputes, after the City Council approved it during a closed session meeting Monday, according to City Attorney Gary Saenz.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 25, 2016 | Updated – 5:05 p.m.

  • Ruling: Utilities commission won’t get last word on withholding San Onofre emails

A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Monday rejected the California Public Utilities Commission’s request to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at forcing regulators to release dozens of emails to and from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office regarding the San Onofre nuclear plant failure.

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Standard & Poor's

Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Jan 25, 2016 – 2:27pm PST

Standard & Poor’s, one of the nation’s top three credit ratings services, has forecast another year of economic growth for the California economy. But in a report released Monday, the agency also warned that the growth may soon end.

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