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California Capitol

By Melody Gutierrez
Published: August 28, 2016
Updated:   August 28, 2016 – 8:37pm

SACRAMENTO — The fate of hundreds of bills will be decided by Wednesday, when state lawmakers wrap up their two-year session.

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San Onofre

2014 photo of San Onofre nuclear power plant. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Liam Dillon
August 28, 2016

For years, state lawmakers have been trying to crack down on private meetings between utility companies and members of the California Public Utilities Commission after revelations that top officials and industry executives had frequent dinner dates, shared talking points and even sketched out details of the multibillion-dollar closure of a Southern California nuclear power plant during a secret rendezvous in a luxury hotel in Poland.

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Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey at a press conference at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles on June 29, 2015. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Adam Elmahrek
August 29, 2016

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has accepted more than $10,000 worth of gifts over the last four years from criminal defense attorneys, police unions, business owners, prosecutors in her office and others who could have an interest in influencing her decisions as one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the county, according to state records.

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The Washington Post: Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts

ObamaCare

By Carolyn Y. Johnson
August 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM

Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Obama’s signature health-care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses.

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Prosecutorial-Misconduct1

Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

A bill imposing criminal penalties on prosecutors who withhold or hide evidence in criminal cases cleared the California Senate this week and is already headed to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration.

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Campaigns

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 26, 2016 – Updated: 6:06 p.m.

Inland Rep. Pete Aguilar’s campaign took aim at his GOP opponent’s recordkeeping as the first-term Democratic incumbent went on the attack in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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pink_slip

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/26/16 – 12:33 PM PDT |

COLTON >> About 840 employees at an Ashley Furniture HomeStore factory/warehouse in Colton were laid off Friday.

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Bloomberg: Economy in U.S. Grew at 1.1% Rate, Slower Than First Estimated

Bloomberg Business

Shobhana Chandra
August 26, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT

The U.S. economy grew less than previously reported last quarter on lower government outlays and a bigger depletion of inventories, capping a sluggish first-half performance propped up mainly by consumer spending.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/16 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> James Penman and Tim Prince don’t agree on much, but they agree that changing the city charter is a bad idea and they represent groups that both submitted ballot arguments against the charter change proposal.

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California Assembly
Republican Assembly members Don Wagner, of Irvine, Beth Gaines, of Roseville, center, and Shannon Grove, of Bakersfield, in September 2015 as the legislative year came to a close. The current two-year legislative session ends Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
August 25, 2016 – 7:07 PM

There’s nothing like a deadline to focus the mind.

That chestnut of time management holds particularly true for the California Legislature. In session for about eight months each year, the Legislature goes into overdrive in the days leading up to committee and floor deadlines.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 25, 2016 – 4:27 PM

As the Legislature begins the last few days of its biennial session, hundreds of measures are pending – not counting, of course, “mushroom bills” that will sprout in the dead of night and pass before anyone outside the Capitol can react.

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Warrant

By Brian Rokos / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 24, 2016
Updated: Aug. 25, 2016 6:24 a.m.

  • He failed to appear in court when subpoenaed by an attorney challenging a wiretap he approved. He says he believed the court date would be changed.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach after he did not show up in court Tuesday, Aug. 23, to testify about the approval of a wiretap that prompted authorities to charge a man with possessing illegal drugs.

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Ontario International Airport Authority

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/23/16, 1:49 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Some responsibilities for LA/Ontario International Airport’s future success will be shouldered by aviation expert Bruce E. Atlas.

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Beaumont

At least one former city official will testify next week before SEC officials

By David Danelski / Staff Reporter
Published: Aug. 23, 2016
Updated: Aug. 24, 2016 – 6:17 a.m.

As the state criminal case against seven former Beaumont officials moves through Riverside County Superior Court, a more secretive federal probe of the city’s troubled finances also is advancing.

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Hillary Clinton

In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Philadelphia. More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money, either personally or through companies or groups, to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president. (Carolyn Kaster — The Associated Press file)

By Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press
Posted: 08/23/16, 8:23 PM PDT |

WASHINGTON >> More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It’s an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

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Money

Patrick McGreevy
Aug. 22, 2016 – 4:43 p.m.

In the continuing fallout from the city of Bell’s financial scandal, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring city councils and county boards of supervisors to publicly announce pay and benefit increases for government executives before they are approved by a vote.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Spencer S. Hsu and Tom Hamburger
August 22, 2016 at 7:18 PM

A sports executive who was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation and whose firm paid Bill Clinton millions of dollars in consulting fees wanted help getting a visa for a British soccer player with a criminal past.

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California Supreme Court

Howard Blume and Joy Resmovits
August 23, 2016

Monday was the end of the line for a landmark California case challenging tenure and other traditional job protections for teachers — and the teachers won.

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Calpensions: Court pension decision weakens ‘California rule’

Pensions

Ed Mendel
August 22, 2016

The one thing some pension reformers say is needed to cut the cost of unaffordable public pensions: give current workers a less costly retirement benefit for work done in the future, while protecting pension amounts already earned.

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Polls

Brian Bennett and
David Lauter
August 21, 2016 – 3:17 P.M.

Reporting from Washington–

Donald Trump has gained ground against Hillary Clinton, according to the latest findings from the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times national tracking poll of the presidential race.

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Taxes

Seven Inland cities are asking voters to approve tax measures; four would raise sales taxes.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 19, 2016
Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Several Riverside County cities are hoping to cut through the election season noise and convince residents to support tax increases to pay for police, fire and other key services.

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Hillary Clinton+Chelsea Clinton+Bill Clinton

The 12th and final annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative will showcase both its philanthropic work and Hillary Clinton’s greatest potential vulnerability. | Getty

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Politico

By Katy O’Donnell
08/20/16 – 07:42 AM EDT

  • They fear the glitzy confab will provide fresh ammunition to Republicans, a week before the first debate between Clinton and Trump.

Hundreds of corporate executives, foreign dignitaries and celebrities will pile into a Manhattan ballroom to hobnob with Bill and Chelsea Clinton next month at their charity’s keynote annual event — just days before Hillary Clinton defends herself against pay-to-play accusations from Donald Trump in their first debate.

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The Sun: All seven former Beaumont officials plead not guilty in corruption case

Beaumont Corruption Case

The seven defendants in the Beaumont political corruption case, in the front row are Francis Dennis Coe Jr., Joseph Sandy Aklufi, William Kevin Aylward, Ernest Alois Egger, Deepak Moorjani, David Willliam Dillon, and Alan Charles Kapanicas, left to right, in the back row are attorneys Melissa Meister, James Taylor and Virginia Blumenthal, left to right, prior court proceedings in Dept. 52 of Riverside Superior Court on Friday. (Kurt Miller – Staff Photographer)

By David Danelski and and Gail Wesson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/19/16 – 11:20 PM PDT |

The seven former Beaumont city officials charged in May with 94 felony corruption counts, including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds, each pleaded not guilty to all charges against them Friday.

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Redlands Unified School District

Richard Winton
August 19, 2016

A former student who fathered a child with a onetime Redlands schoolteacher convicted of having sex with him and two other students will receive a $6-million settlement from the school district, officials said Friday.

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Aedes aegypti mosquito

In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/19/16 – 2:15 PM PDT |

California health officials on Friday urged travelers returning home from the Olympics as well as countries where Zika is spreading to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks, to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State.

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InlandPolitics: California Senate set to pass prosecutorial misconduct legislation

Prosecutorial-Misconduct1

Friday, August 19, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

The California legislature is set to forward legislation targeting prosecutor misconduct to Governor Jerry Brown.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/18/16 – 7:56 PM PDT |

The California Supreme Court has rejected a petition by a defense attorney in a San Bernardino County public corruption case to consider dismissing the indictment on grounds of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, paving the way for trial in October.

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Moreno Valley seal

Foes tried to stop the developer and city from using initiatives to legally protect the project.

By Imran Ghori / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 18, 2016 – Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A judge has denied a request by opponents of the World Logistics Center to block two initiatives aimed at shielding the 40.6 million-square-foot warehouse complex from legal challenges.

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democrat_donkey

Associated Press
Posted:    08/18/2016 – 02:07:36 PM PDT
Updated: 08/18/2016 – 02:10:22 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New data show nearly 18.1 million Californians are registered to vote, the second-highest statewide voter registration total ever.

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John Kirby

“We of course sought to retain maximum leverage until after American citizens were released,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. | AFP/Getty

By Louis Nelson
Published: 08/18/16 – 05:24 PM EDT
Updated:   08/18/16 – 08:04 PM EDT

  • ‘He lied about the hostages – openly and blatantly – just like he lied about Obamacare,’ Trump says.

Republicans are claiming vindication after the State Department confirmed on Thursday that the United States conditioned the release of a $400 million cash payment to Iran on the departure of American prisoners from Tehran.

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The Press-Enterprise: Whose poll is it anyway in Pete Aguilar vs. Paul Chabot race?

Paul Chabot

Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot.

By JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 17, 2016 Updated: 4:05 p.m.

Unless it’s an ultra-competitive toss-up race, there’s typically not a lot of publicly available polling for congressional elections.

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Judge Thomas M. Goethals speaks and agrees to continue Steven Bruno's sentencing on Thursday to January 23 in Santa Ana. Bruno was found guilty for the murder of his father to Ernest Bruno by an Orange County Superior Court jury. ////ADDITIONAL INFO: - 05.IRVfathermurdersentence.1218.ks - Day: Thursday - Date: 12/18/14 - Time: 9:34:45 AM - Original file name: _KSB3279.NEF - KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -- Bruno’s attorney Leonard Matsuk - Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Herrera

Judge Thomas M. Goethals during a 2014 case. (Ken Steinhardt / Staff Photographer)

By Sean Emery / Staff Writer
Aug. 17, 2016 – Updated 10:08 p.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County judge offered to remove himself from a murder trial Wednesday, only to learn that attorneys on both sides want him to stay on a case that involves allegations of prosecutors falsifying evidence.

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Federal Reserve

The headquarters of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., in 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jim Puzzanghera
August 17, 2016

Some Federal Reserve policymakers said at their most recent meeting that the economy appeared ready for another small increase in a key interest rate, according to an account released Wednesday.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare meltdown will impact election

Obamacare Premiums

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

We said it more than a year ago and it’s coming true.

Obamacare is melting down right in the middle of the U.S. presidential election.

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Ontario International Airport

A U.S Airways plane arrives at Ontario International Airport in this 2014 file photo. The airport’s transfer to local authority has been pushed back a month to Nov. 1. (File Photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/16/16 – 8:26 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Local ownership of the beleaguered LA/Ontario International Airport will have to wait another month until Nov. 1.

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waterdrop

By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/16/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

California water suppliers have painted a glowing picture of their ability to supply customers even if they get three more dry years — and state water officials said Tuesday they have no plans to investigate those claims.

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Former San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Mary Izadi has joined the Orange County Sheriff's Department as a constitutional policing adviser. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: sheriffadviser.0817 Ð 8/16/16 Ð LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - _DSC5600.NEF - In the wake of a recent jail escape and an ongoing jailhouse snitch scandal, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has hired a new adviser to look at "high-risk issues" and determine how the department can address them. Former San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Mary Izadi came on as the sheriff's department's "constitutional policing adviser."

Former San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Mary Izadi has been hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as an adviser on constitutional issues. (Leonard Ortiz / Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 16, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 17, 2016 – 7:50 a.m.

Amid an ongoing jailhouse informants scandal that suggests Orange County sheriff’s deputies may have violated defendants’ civil liberties, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has hired a full-time adviser to review her department’s practices to ensure they are constitutionally sound.

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Hillary Clinton

The debate has drawn scrutiny from a former Justice Department official concerned that details might leak out. | Getty

Politico

By Rachael Bade and Josh Gerstein
Published: 08/16/16 – 02:59 PM EDT
Updated:   08/16/16 – 08:10 PM EDT

  • Reports of the planned release to Congress drew complaints from some former Justice Department officials that doing so would set a bad precedent.

The FBI on Tuesday handed over to Congress classified records from its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the latest development in the scandal that the Democratic nominee just can’t shake.

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I Voted

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
August 16, 2016 – 12:44 PM

California could soon restore voting rights for tens of thousands of felons who are not serving their sentences in the state prison system.

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Medical Marijuana

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the federal government can’t prosecute medical marijuana groups if they are following state law.

Maura Dolan
August 17, 2016

A U.S. appeals court decided unanimously Tuesday that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they are complying with state laws.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: The mystery behind California’s high gas prices

Gas Prices

Taxes on gasoline in the Golden State tend to be among the country’s highest.

By David R. Baker
August 15, 2016
Updated: August 15, 2016 – 4:47pm

Gasoline is cheap in California compared to a year ago.

But it’s nowhere near as cheap as it could be.

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Judge Thomas Goethals discusses the admissibility of previously sealed court documents related to an alleged jailhouse informant who may have assisted in the conviction of Henry Rodriguez, who has spent 15 years in prison for his role in the 1998 murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: RODRIGUEZ.0626 - 6/25/15 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - Henry Rodriguez, who has spent 15 years in prison for his role in the 1998 murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, appeared in a Santa Ana courtroom with his attorney, James Crawford, and deputy district attorneys Howard Gundy and Eric Scarbrough on Thursday to discuss alleged misuse of jailhouse informants by Orange County prosecutors in his case. Judge Thomas Goethals' decision could lead to a new trial or the outright prisoner release. Picture made at The Orange County Central Justice Center, department C45, in Santa Ana, California, on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has cracked down on misuse of jailhouse informants. He threw a curve Monday to lawyers seeking removal of the District Attorney’s Office from a murder case following allegations of falsifying and withholding evidence. As he postponed the hearing until Wednesday, Goethals urged attorneys on both sides to consider an argument as to why he should or shouldn’t be removed from the case. (Joshua Sudock / File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Aug. 15, 2016
Updated Aug. 16, 2016 – 7:25 a.m.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals threw a curve Monday to lawyers seeking removal of the District Attorney’s Office from a murder case following allegations of falsifying and withholding evidence.

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Courts

By Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/14/16 – 2:11 PM PDT |

Baffling. That’s all that can be said about the state Senate Appropriations Committee killing a bill last week that would have addressed a critical shortage of judges in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/14/16 – 2:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A lot is happening in downtown Redlands.

Several long-anticipated development projects are getting underway, all of them set to bring in more business and activity to the city’s historic core.

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calpers

Ed Mendel
August 15, 2016

Two actuarial associations did not publish a controversial paper by their joint task force, reflecting a split in the profession over whether public pension debt should be measured with risk-free bonds or the earnings forecast for stock-laden investment funds.

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Campaigns

It’s perhaps the first time in Riverside County history that Republicans are outnumbered

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 13, 2016 – Updated: 10:04 p.m.

For the first time in recent memory and perhaps history, the number of registered Democratic voters in Riverside County outnumbers the ranks of registered Republican voters.

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Politico: Feds debate releasing Clinton’s FBI interview

 Hillary Clinton

Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent James Comey a letter requesting the entire “investigative file” on the Hillary Clinton email issue. | Getty

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
08/13/16 – 07:46 AM EDT

  • Congress wants documents from email probe, but some insist it’s wrong to make interrogations and deliberations public.

The Obama administration is urgently debating how to respond to congressional demands for the official report on Hillary Clinton’s three-and-a-half-hour interview at FBI headquarters, as some inside and outside government raise concerns about giving lawmakers access to politically sensitive records of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email system.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
August 12, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to felony charges arising from an FBI probe into county jails.

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Medical Marijuana

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
August 11, 2016 – 10:42 AM

The Obama administration’s decision Thursday to keep marijuana classified among the nation’s most dangerous drugs divided campaign operatives in California’s cannabis legalization debate.

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

Beach-goers walk on the sand near the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Clemente. A report from Consumer Watchdog alleges that Southern California Edison, which operated the plant before it was shuttered, donated $130,000 to the California Democratic Party on the same day a Public Utilities Commission official cut a deal to make ratepayers — not shareholders — cover 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost to close the fatally flawed facility. (AP Photo, Lenny Ignelzi)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/10/16 – 10:54 AM PDT |

Twenty-six energy companies with business before the state donated nearly $10 million to Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Democratic Party over the past eight years — donations that often were made within days or weeks of winning favors.

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Ballot Measures

By John Myers and Sophia Bollag
August 10, 2016

Political professionals who run California ballot measure campaigns always worry about how to get the attention of voters. And it all starts with a lot of money.

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Scales of Justice

By Greg Moran |
Aug. 10, 2016 – 12:47 p.m. |

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a Mexican tycoon facing federal charges he illegally contributed $600,000 in cash and services into campaigns for San Diego mayor in 2012 — including Dumanis’ unsuccessful bid.

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Daily Bulletin: Fired Upland city manager makes thousands for not working

Upland seal

Rod Butler, city manager of Upland, was relieved of his duties in late July.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 11:25 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city will pay fired city manager Rod Butler nearly $23,000 a month — or $206,997 over a nine-month period — not to show up to work.

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Logistics

California’s costly tax and regulatory policies have driven scores of businesses to leave the state, reduce their operations or curtail plans to locate here, according to a report from Spectrum Location Solutions. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/09/16 – 1:54 PM PDT |

California’s costly tax and regulatory policies prompted more than 10,000 businesses to leave the state, reduce their operations or curtail plans to locate here between 2008 and 2015, according to a report from Spectrum Location Solutions.

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InlandPolitics: Newspaper needs to get real on local pension data

Seriously

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

I just sent an email to Staff Writer Teri Sforza at The Orange County Register regarding her article on the “Top 25 Public Pensions” in California, published Tuesday.

Her story mysteriously omitted San Bernardino County pension data.

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Pensions

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/08/16 – 7:54 PM PDT |

High-earning state and local government retirees are scattered around the state, with no one city or agency dominating the list of the biggest pension payouts in 2015, data from an open records advocacy group show.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland mayor will not seek re-election

Ray Musser

Upland mayor Ray Musser speaks during a transportation forum at the Hughes Community Center in Claremont, Calif. July 9, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:47 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> Mayor Ray Musser announced Monday night he would not seek another term after serving 18 years in office.

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Paul Segalla

Chino Valley Independent Fire District Chief Paul Segalla is sworn in by Hank Clemmensen, president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as Segalla’s wife, Amy, watches on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Chino. (Khai Le/Correspondent)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/09/16 – 6:30 AM PDT | U

UPLAND >> Fire Chief Paul Segalla has been placed on administrative leave.

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Goodwin Liu

California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, shown in 2011, argued in a dissent that California officials’ public votes are not protected under state and federal free speech laws. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

Maura Dolan
August 8, 2016

The California Supreme Court decided Monday that the votes of elected officials are protected free speech.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 7, 2016 – 4:46 PM

When Kevin de León talks about creating pensions for low-income workers, he cites his aunt, a housekeeper for many years, as an example.

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Washington Examiner: Cotton: Clinton discussed executed Iranian scientist on email

Hillary Clinton

Nuclear Scientist Discussed In Clinton Emails Executed In Iran For Spying For U.S.

By Jacqueline Klimas (@jacqklimas)
8/7/16 – 12:30 PM

Hillary Clinton recklessly discussed, in emails hosted on her private server, an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed by Iran for treason, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Sunday.

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USC Trojans Football

The USC Trojans take the field for a 2014 game against Notre Dame at the Coliseum. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
August 6, 2016

The alleged bribes and kickbacks that prosecutors said flowed like honey between government officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and people who did business at the venerable stadium exceeded $2 million — cash that belonged to the taxpayers.

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InlandPolitics: Venturing into Trump-Clinton world

Donald Trump+Hillary Clinton

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

It’s been a rough two weeks for Republican Donald Trump.

But he’s far from out of the contest. Especially when Hillary Clinton is the opponent.

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fppc logo

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
Updated Aug. 6, 2016 – 8:25 a.m.

The state’s political watchdog has launched an investigation into whether Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas violated the Political Reform Act by failing to report charitable donations he used his influence to solicit, and by approving public funds to be spent promoting his chief of staff’s business partner.

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Appellate Courts

By Alma Fausto / Staff Writer
Updated Aug. 6, 2016 8:25 a.m.

The 4th District Court of Appeal rejected a request Friday by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for a rehearing on a ruling that was mainly in the office’s favor.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca arrives at the downtown federal courthouse for a sentencing hearing. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang
August 5, 2016

Days after withdrawing a guilty plea for lying during an FBI investigation into widespread abuses at the county jails, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was indicted Friday on more serious charges that could bring up to 20 years in prison.

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Joe Baca

Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Former Congressman has changed his voter registration once again.

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Nathan Miller

Corona man, who also is a Riverside Community College District board member, admits to sending the tweets

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 4, 2016 – Updated: 7:01 p.m.

An Inland Republican Party official resigned from his state government job Thursday, Aug. 4, a day after he sent tweets from the party’s official Twitter account that featured a menacing hangman and the words “I’m Ready for Hillary.”

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The Sun: New city charter put on San Bernardino ballot

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/16 – 8:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Years of efforts to change the governing document that many blame for the city’s dysfunction will culminate with voters deciding whether to replace it in November, the City Council decided Thursday.

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Gas Prices

Gasoline prices are falling, but a consumer advocacy group contends that energy companies are profiting unfairly. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)

Ivan Penn
August 4, 2016

A consumer advocacy group accused oil refiners of intentionally keeping California’s gasoline prices higher than in the rest of the nation to bolster profits, despite growing inventories and falling wholesale prices.

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Dan Walters

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

California’s political cognoscenti took notice this week when state Treasurer John Chiang reported raising $2.3 million in the first 45 days of his campaign for governor.

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Courts

Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Marisa Gerber
August 4, 2016

Two concert promoters accused in a bribery-and-embezzlement scheme involving raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will avoid serving any jail time under a plea bargain with prosecutors who acknowledged, for the second time, that they mishandled evidence in the high-profile corruption case.

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9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - 2

Joel Rubin
August 4, 2016

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the convictions of seven former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on charges they tried to thwart an FBI investigation into county jails.

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Hillary Tweet - Riverside County GOP

A closeup of the picture tweeted out by the Riverside County Republican Party on Wednesday, Aug. 3

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 3, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 4, 2016 – 10:02 a.m.

  • The tweets had been removed from the GOP account as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE (Thursday, Aug. 4):How the “I’m Ready for Hillary” hangman tweet happened

Two tweets from the official Twitter account for the Riverside County Republican Party featured illustrations of a hangman holding a noose with the words, “I’m Ready for Hillary,” below.

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Money Printing Press

By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee
Updated: Aug. 3, 2016 – 12:01 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s deputies approve three-year agreement

SBCO

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies and District Attorney Investigators have given their approval to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

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Riverside County Seal

District Attorney and county supervisors are at odds. And one supervisor had harsh words for his colleague

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 2, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 3, 2016 – 6:27 a.m.

A lack of money is inflaming tensions among Riverside County’s elected leaders.

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Kathryn Barger

Kathryn Barger, candidate running in the 5th District LA County supervisors race.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/02/16 – 6:15 PM PDT |

Four candidates who were running to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich threw their support behind his top aide Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 2, 2016 – 4:28 PM

It’s been painfully evident for years, if not decades, that the State Bar – the quasi-public organization that licenses lawyers and is supposed regulate their conduct – is an institutional disaster zone.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

In narrative rejected by county, whistleblower complaint alleges corruption, retaliation

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 1, 2016 at 3:15 PM
Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 5:44 PM

Three current or former deputies who say they were rebuked for disclosing an alleged impound and ticket quota scheme entrenched within two High Desert sheriff’s stations will have their days in court.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 1, 2016 – 6:00 AM

  • California’s state and local public employee pension systems are caught in a vicious circle of rising outlays to retirees, very low pension fund earnings, higher unfunded liabilities and rising demands for more tax dollars.

Ron Seeling, the California Public Employees Retirement System’s chief actuary, believed he was speaking to a closed-door seminar in 2009 when he warned that public employee pension costs were becoming “unsustainable.”

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Lee Baca

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/01/16 – 6:59 AM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told a federal judge Monday he wants to withdraw his guilty plea and stand trial in connection with a jail corruption scandal that has already taken down almost a dozen of his former deputies and his second in command.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund posts investment loss

SBCO

Monday, August 1, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

The pension fund for employees and retirees of San Bernardino County, California will post a negative return for it’s fiscal year just ended.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of the nation’s longest municipal bankruptcies begins its fifth year on Monday And it’s probably its last, officials say.

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Calpensions: CalPERS funding gap may grow under new trend

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 1, 2016

Twice in recent decades CalPERS fell below 100 percent of the funding needed for promised pensions, and twice CalPERS climbed back. But since a $100 billion investment loss in 2008, the CalPERS funding level has not recovered.

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