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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Brian Nestande gets government job



Published: Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated: 3:41 p.m.

Former Inland Assemblyman Brian Nestande needed a job after he lost his congressional race in November.

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

Dennis Michael


Posted: 12/18/14, 2:07 PM PST |

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has became the first vice president of the League of California Cities for the next year.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court


Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) watches a vote count on Aug. 21 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 18, 2014

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills.

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UTSanDiego: Sen. Hueso gets probation in DUI case

San Diego lawmaker also ordered to complete alcohol education program
By Chris Nichols
Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated2:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ben Hueso was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to complete an alcohol education program stemming from his August arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol near the Capitol.

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By Joseph Serna
December 18, 2014

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

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LATimes: Business groups cheer Obama’s move to normalize Cuba relations


General Motors could eventually export vehicles to Cuba, a nation filled with aging relics. (Ernesto Mastrascusa, EPA)

By Andrew Khouri
December 17, 2014

President Obama’s decision to start normalizing relations with Cuba gives American business a fresh opportunity on an island once known as a travel hub for the U.S. jet set.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
December 17, 2014

Plunging gasoline costs led to the largest drop in consumer prices in six years last month and added another complication for Federal Reserve policymakers as they try to determine when to start raising interest rates.

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federal reserve

By Jim Puzzanghera,
December 17, 2014

The American economic outlook, bolstered by robust job growth and a sharp drop in gasoline prices, was boosted a little more with the Federal Reserve’s signal that it would take as long as three years to raise interests to once-normal levels.

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WashPost: Jeb Bush: Front-runner, underdog or both?

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
December 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Jeb Bush could be the most unusual of presidential candidates: both a front-runner and an underdog.

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged


Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

LA_Ontario International Airport

A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly will not run for state Senate

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press) |

Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Tuesday that he will not run for the soon-to-be available seat in the state 21st Senate District.

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By David Siders
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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LATimes: Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

Jim Righeimer+Steve Mensinger

Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger are shown. (Los Angeles Times / Daily Pilot)

By Jeremiah Dobruck
Decmeber 16, 2014

Costa Mesa police union suggested ways to catch councilmen in compromising positions, according to emails

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Orange County Seal

The county has hired an outside law firm to suggest what discipline, if any, should be handed out to officials who approved the contracts.

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: 11:00 p.m.

A longtime county administrator set to become Orange County’s temporary chief executive faces a legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts issued by the county over the past five years.

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By Chris Megerian
December 16, 2014

Despite efforts to tackle pension costs, state leaders have not set aside money for retiree healthcare

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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Politico: Ted Cruz apologizes for weekend flap

Republican Senators Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Hold News Conference On Immigration

By Manu Raju
12/16/14 3:25 PM EST
Updated 12/16/14 4:27 PM EST

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Politico: Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush


By Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:11 PM EST

Republicans in Congress have plenty of nice things to say about Jeb Bush. But influential lawmakers aren’t about to jump on the Bush presidential bandwagon just yet — or bow out of possibly running against him.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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The Sun: San Bernardino teacher accused of sex with students has charges dropped

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 9:13 PM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

About 30 nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will address the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday following a two-day strike last week in protest of low pay and poor working conditions.

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Jim Brulte

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, right, receives congratulations after his election as California Republican Party chairman during the CRP convention in Sacramento in 2013.

By Seema Mehta
December 15, 2104

California GOP chairman Jim Brulte, widely credited with reviving the state Republican party’s fortunes, announced Monday that he would seek reelection to the post.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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LATimes: Southland home prices hit plateau

For Sale

The California Assn. of Realtors is predicting prices will grow 5.2% statewide next year, the slowest pace since 2011.

By Tim Logan
December 15, 2014

After a furious run-up in home prices in 2013, the Southern California housing market flattened out this year — setting the stage for slow but steady growth next year.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo


By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport talks back on officials’ radar


L.A. mayor, Inland city’s leaders resuming efforts to return facility to local ownership.

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet in January with Ontario officials over stalled talks on the return of Ontario International Airport to the Inland city.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/14/14, 6:38 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of a citizens committee tasked with reforming the city charter will meet again Tuesday with lingering questions about what they’re supposed to accomplish.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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By Ed Mendel
December 15, 2014

CalPERS is encouraging government employers to make extra payments to reduce their pension debt or “unfunded liability” if budgets allow, saying millions can be saved in the long run.

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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren


Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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SacBee: Opinion: Pension cost avoidance creates gaps

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/14/2014 12:01 AM

California’s perpetual political debate over public employee pensions usually focuses on the benefits themselves – whether they are fair compensation for those doing the public’s work or, conversely, too generous.

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Adelanto Prison Facility

Detainees walk down a hallway at an immigrant detention facility in Adelanto. The Adelanto City Council approved an agreement to build a new 3,264-bed jail on the edge of town. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Kate Linthicum
December 13, 2014

The cash-strapped city of Adelanto, already home to three detention facilities, has approved a plan to build another.

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U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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InlandPolitics: Score: San Bernardino County 1 – CNA 0


Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 11:45 a.m.

The California Nurses Association (CNA), successfully and legally, pulled off a two-day walkout at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center this week.

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IEBusinessDaily: Missed Opportunities: A San Bernardino Story


IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
December 13, 2014

When Michael McKinney was appointed Chief of Staff to San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis, a tremendous opportunity was handed to him.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: New judge appointed to bench


Published: Dec. 12, 2014 12:47 p.m.

A lawyer for San Bernardino County has been appointed to a judgeship by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

VVDailyPress: Adelanto councilman calls for jail moratorium


Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

ADELANTO — While the Adelanto City Council will vote on a fifth prison in the city next month, one politician thinks that is enough.

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VVDailyPress: County’s lack of judges top in state


Report: 57 more judges needed locally to deal with workload

Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:37 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The San Bernardino County court system currently maintains 86 judges, but the county’s caseloads justify it having 143, according to the 2014 Judicial Workload Assessment presented this week in San Francisco to the state Judicial Council.

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SacBee: De León eliminates government oversight office


By Laurel Rosenhall
12/12/2014 11:26 PM

California Senate leader Kevin de León has eliminated a legislative staff unit that focused on government oversight, a creation of his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

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UTSanDiego: How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

Private Eye

Union law firm’s ‘candidate researchers’ face felony charges for Costa Mesa incident

By Steven Greenhut
Dec. 12, 2014

The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence.

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Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA


By Joshua Brustein
December 11, 2014

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy


By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

A conservative super PAC is trashing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, for helping pass the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, which some say doesn’t do enough to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino at crossroads

Fork in the Road

It’s decision time for San Bernardino, California’s future.

Friday, December 12, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is facing a political fork in the road.

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SFChronicle: 2016 election poised for initiative avalanche

Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Updated 5:07 pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014

If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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Some tribes see marijuana sales as a potential source of revenue, similar to cigarette sales and casino gambling, which have brought a financial boon to reservations across the country.

By Timothy M. Phelps
December 11, 2014

The Justice Department will generally not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations.

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Orange County District Attorney

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:11 pm | Updated: 7:59 pm, Thu Dec 11, 2014.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office Thursday charged two private investigators with multiple felonies related to their alleged efforts to trap two Costa Mesa City Council members in embarrassing or illegal acts, according to a DA news release.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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DMV Illegal License Format

By Patrick McGreevy
December 11, 2014

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

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CCTimes: House members urge AG to nix hospital sale

Prime Healthcare

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren led 16 other California House members Thursday in urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to a for-profit company they say has a history of unfair business practices.

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ACLU remains “confident” discriminatory behavior exists

Posted Dec. 10, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday a class action lawsuit by the ACLU that alleges discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at the West Valley Detention Center “lack(ed) merit.”

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Walt Disney Company

A investigative news report said Walt Disney Co. was among more than two dozen firms that engaged in complex deals in Luxembourg to avoid U.S. taxes.

By Dean Starkman
December 10, 2014

Walt Disney Co., giant conglomerate Koch Industries Inc. and other companies channeled hundreds of millions of dollars in profits through units based in Luxembourg in secret deals designed to avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to a new report.

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By Dan Walters
12/10/2014 11:36 AM

California’s once-soaring population growth slowed markedly during the last two decades, barely keeping pace with the nation as a whole since 2000, and a new Census Bureau report indicates that the state’s growth will continue that pattern for the next half-century due largely to slowing birth and immigration rates.

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Ontario International Airport

By Hugo Martin
December 10, 2014

With fuel prices dropping and airline profits soaring, travelers could reap the benefits with a 5% drop in fares next year, according to a trade group for the world’s airlines.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Appellate Court refuses to stop nurses strike


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

A California appellate court has refused to intervene in a ongoing two-day strike by San Bernardino County Nurses.

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InlandPolitics: Parker still San Bernardino City Manager

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 01:50 p.m.

As expected, San Bernardino City Manager Allen J. Parker still has his job.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.

Will San Bernardino, California Mayor Carey Davis come out on the losing end of another vote?

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:56 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

COLTON >> Hundreds of county nurses did not show up for work Tuesday as the nurses union began a two-day strike, demanding higher wages and protesting working conditions.

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The PE: EASTVALE: City employees could get raises


An assistant city manager position also would be created and filled if the acting city manager’s plan is approved

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:00 p.m.

A proposal to give Eastvale employees a raise and reorganize City Hall staff by creating a new assistant city manager post will go the the City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Gloria Fisher

Gloria Fisher, who has served 18 months as interim president, has no bachelor’s degree or academic doctoral degree. District administrators defend her qualifications.

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 8:55 a.m.

Current and former faculty of San Bernardino Valley College have raised concerns about the qualifications of the school’s newly named president, Gloria Fisher.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprse, click here.


By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 8:12 PM PST |

REDLANDS >> The Redlands City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss filling a vacancy following Pete Aguilar’s vacating his seat.

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Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:57 PM PST | Updated: 30 secs ago

YUCAIPA >> The Yucaipa City Council has welcomed a new council member and said goodbye to Councilman Tom Masner.

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City urges delay amid call for talks, volunteers to help change property tax formula

Posted Dec. 9, 2014 @ 6:55 pm
Updated Dec 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

VICTORVILLE — Calling for a valleywide discussion regarding the number of correctional facilities in the area, the city announced late Tuesday that it was “fundamentally opposed” to a proposed prison to house Los Angeles County inmates near the Adelanto-Victorville border.

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Utah Highway Patrol

For those that believe cops are a bunch of sheeting-wearing racist jerks.

Four state troopers drove elderly woman
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 | By: AOL Staff

A woman in Utah was able to be by her gravely ill son’s bed side Friday because of the kindness of a string of Utah Highway patrolmen who drover her half way across the state.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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Federal Omnibus Spending Bill 2014-15

A copy of the fiscal 2014 spending bill is arranged for a photograph in Washington Jan. 14. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Ed O’Keefe
December 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

{This item has been updated and revised.}

The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.

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Political: Budget bill shows GOP’s new muscle

House Speaker John Boehner Holds Weekly News Conference

Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured. | Getty


By David Rogers
12/9/14 8:41 PM EST
Updated 12/10/14 8:51 AM EST

Capping weeks of backroom talks, House Republicans filed a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill Tuesday night — a giant package that’s both a last marker for this Congress and first step toward GOP control in the next.

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By Matea Gold
December 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

{This post has been updated.}

The end-of-year spending bill deal crafted by congressional leaders Tuesday would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul.

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InlandPolitics: Is The Sun in the county’s pocket or what?

The Sun

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County’s pocket?

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InlandPolitics: Nurses strike affecting area hospitals


Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A two day strike by more than 1,000 San Bernardino County nurses is being felt across the Inland Empire with emergency and other patients being deferred to other area hospitals.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:50 PM PST | Updated: 21 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A special meeting of the City Council will discuss the performance of City Manager Allen Parker in closed session on Wednesday, after Parker refused Mayor Carey Davis’ request to resign.

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Paul Chabot

Republican candidate Paul Chabot speaks with a supporter on the phone as he waits for election returns to come in Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot lost to Pete Aguilar. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:23 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

On Nov. 6, Republican Paul Chabot lost his bid for the 31st Congressional District, ending up 3,460 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, out of nearly 100,000 votes cast. But it didn’t have to be that way, Chabot writes in a report posted Monday afternoon on his website: Financial support from the national Republican Party could have made all the difference.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/09/14, 12:26 AM PST |

UPLAND >> Unable to gain a majority approval; the City Council Monday night voted down a six-month contract for an interim police chief.

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Prime Healthcare Services

Posted Dec. 8, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Prime Healthcare CEO Dr. Prem Reddy said Monday that the fifth-largest hospital system in the U.S. plans to go public in the next two to three years.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA buildout continues


Posted Dec. 8, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The largely occupied Southern California Logistics Airport is going to boast a new industrial building on 22 acres that will help provide additional space to accommodate demand, a joint venture company announced Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/08/2014 7:13 PM

The state licenses and regulates dozens of professions and occupations – doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, just to name some.

Lawyers are conspicuously absent from that list.

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On Monday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced details of programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%.

By Jim Puzzanghera, E. Scott Reckard
December 9, 2010

Housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Monday detailed plans to once again back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%, saying the move to make home ownership more accessible contains safeguards to protect against abuses that led to the subprime housing market crash.

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Union critiques of superiors at Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office will be anonymous and public. Not everyone is thrilled.

Published: Dec. 8, 2014 Updated: 9:49 p.m.

Hundreds of Orange County deputies and investigators will grade their bosses at the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Offices, then publicly share those opinions in the union’s monthly newsletter.

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National Journal

By Billy House
December 8, 2014

As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

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