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Kelley

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/07/2011 11:33:29 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Fifth Ward Councilman Chas Kelley blasted Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj at the City Council meeting Monday night for what Kelley described as the smearing of a prominent asphalt contractor’s reputation.

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BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 07 November 2011 06:12 PM

The San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee ended its latest campaign-filing period with $15,000 on hand.

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Joanne Genis stands in the shadow of one of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project’s high-voltage line towers near the front yard of her home in Chino Hills on Tuesday. The City Council has made available an additional $100,000 for work by their legal council to continue the battle against Southern California Edison’s project. (Thomas R. Cordova Staff Photographer)

Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 11/07/2011 11:36:13 AM PST

CHINO HILLS – The cost to fight the installation of high-voltage power transmission lines in this city has not come cheap.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/07/2011 06:53:01 PM PST

The remaining search warrants served in a sweeping corruption probe involving a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer were released Monday.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville’s suit against Feds on hold

City expects decision on appeal of EB-5 termination Dec. 2
November 07, 2011 7:23 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs
City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A judge has agreed to pause Victorville’s lawsuit against the federal government, waiting to see if the city first succeeds in overturning the termination of its EB-5 visa investor program through an administrative appeals process.

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11 arrested in police clash at Occupy Riverside
Toni Momberger, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/07/2011 10:19:49 AM PST

The day after Occupy Redlands organizer Keith Jackson drafted an official statement of non-violence, he and about 40 other Occupiers from around the Inland Empire were put to the test.

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The Harborside Health Clinic in Oakland is a $20-million-a-year dispensary. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters)

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2011, 7:45 p.m.

Medical marijuana advocates have filed lawsuits in California’s four federal judicial districts aimed at quickly winning court orders to halt the U.S. attorneys from closing dispensaries.

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Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

“I have great respect for each of you individually, but collectively I’m worried that you’re going to fail – fail the country,” former Bill Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles said last week to the 12-member joint congressional supercommittee tasked with cutting the federal deficit by some $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

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Sharon Bialek goes public with claims of sexual harassment by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — the first of his accusers to do so. (Richard Drew, Associated Press / November 7, 2011)

By Robin Abcarian and Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2011, 10:17 p.m.

In an escalation that sent Herman Cain’s presidential campaign into dangerous new territory, a woman offered a graphic public account of being groped by the Republican candidate 14 years ago during the same period in which three other women have anonymously claimed he harassed them.

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The PE: ELECTIONS 2012: Democrats focus on three Inland seats


The U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C./BLOOMBERG

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 04 November 2011 07:58 PM

WASHINGTON — Inland Southern California’s reshaped political landscape figures prominently in congressional Democrats’ plans to take back the House in 2012, party leaders said Friday.

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Huff and Dutton

By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 11/04/2011 10:13:19 PM PDT

From boondoggle to significant?

The man who many believe will be the next Republican leader in the state Senate has a completely different viewpoint on the state’s proposed high-speed rail plan than the current holder of that position.

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Aaron Sandusky, from Rancho Cucamonga, stands at the Bud Bar of G3 Holistic Inc. in Upland Friday November 4, 2011. Sandusky had all 3 of his medical marijuana despenceries (Moreno Valley and Colton), along with a warehouse in Ontario, raided and shutdown by federal and local officials. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Marijuana clinics owner ‘in a pickle’
By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 11/04/2011 06:49:25 PM PDT

Aaron Sandusky has had a rough week.

Sandusky, 41, has been trying to keep his medical marijuana dispensaries open in Upland, Moreno Valley and Colton.

On Tuesday, raids were conducted on the three dispensaries as well as his Rancho Cucamonga home and the Rialto home of his partner John Nuckolls.

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Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin

BY IMRAN GHORI AND DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITERS
ighori@pe.com | dbegley@pe.com

Published: 04 November 2011 09:59 AM

Search warrants released Friday provide more details of former San Bernardino County assessor and Supervisor Bill Postmus’ struggles with hiding his homosexuality and drug addiction as he was under scrutiny by authorities who suspected him of abusing his public office.

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Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 11/04/2011 10:56:54 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Eleven search warrants served over a two-year period in a sweeping corruption probe tied to a legal settlement between the county and a Rancho Cucamonga developer were ordered released Friday by a Superior Court judge.

Read the documents: 1 | 2

(Disclaimers: Document #1 contains explicit language; pages containing private information have been removed from Document #2)

Judge Michael A. Smith ordered the search warrants released Friday after defense attorneys did not appear in court to object to their release or request redactions be made to the documents.

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Gomez

November 04, 2011 4:53 PM
KAREN JONAS
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Nearly two years after Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez was charged with touching a woman inappropriately, his defense attorney said the incident was consensual at a hearing Friday morning in San Bernardino.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: College district agrees to $2,000 fine

BY JIM MILLER
STAFF WRITER
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 04 November 2011 12:25 PM

The San Bernardino Community College District has agreed to pay $2,000 as punishment for sending a newsletter that violated state political reform laws.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
November 4, 2011 | 4:37 pm

The state’s ethics watchdog panel is considering what its chairwoman calls “a complete overhaul” of regulations on gifts to public officials, and some of the proposals drew objections Friday from open-government advocates.

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Bank of America’s now-scuttled $5-a-month debit card fee was peanuts compared with the management and marketing fees that many mutual fund investors are paying.

By Tom Petruno Market Beat
November 4, 2011, 7:48 p.m.

Popular outrage forced Bank of America Corp. to drop the idea of a $5-a-month debit card fee.

Now imagine what that outrage could achieve if it were let loose across the financial industry.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Balancing budget could mean 650 layoffs

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 01 November 2011 08:56 PM

Overcoming Riverside County’s $80 million budget gap for next year could mean as many as 650 additional layoffs, county officials said Tuesday.

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Spencer

Joe Nelson and Josh Dulaney, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/01/2011 05:59:53 PM PDT

Embattled San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer has racked up roughly $545,876 in delinquent property taxes since 2005, of which $31,618 has been seized by the county tax collector.

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DailyBulletin: Seized files to be returned to Burum

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Created: 11/01/2011 06:25:06 PM PDT

In a rare move, federal prosecutors have agreed to return materials to a Rancho Cucamonga developer that were seized in September as part of an investigation into alleged corruption surrounding the $102 million lawsuit settlement between Colonies Partners LP and San Bernardino County.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Feds to return Burum property

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 01 November 2011 09:35 PM

The U.S. Attorney’s office will return materials seized in mid-September from Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum during an FBI search at his home and business, according to an order approved by a federal judge Monday.

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VVDailyPress: New grand jury picks up Victorville probe

San Francisco auditor to investigate
November 01, 2011 5:45 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs
Timeline of grand jury investigation:

VICTORVILLE • The new grand jury has picked up a probe into Victorville spanning more than two years, hiring an independent firm to audit the city’s operations, accounts and records.

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Colton police were on the scene while the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a G3 Holistic medical marijuana collective Tuesday in Colton. (LaFonzo Carter Staff Photographer)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 11/01/2011 07:36:14 PM PDT

Federal agents on Tuesday raided an Upland location and five others associated with Aaron Sandusky, whom they believe are illegally selling marijuana to the general public.

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Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/01/2011 12:34:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Jim Mulvihill, an urban planner and a member of the Planning Commmission, is challenging City Council incumbent Wendy McCammack in the 7th Ward election on Tuesday.

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Councilman has 1 challenger in SB’s 3rd Ward, budget, jobs are top issues in race
Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/01/2011 04:49:45 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — Pharmaceutical salesman John Valdivia is challenging 3rd Ward Councilman Tobin Brinker in the Nov. 8 election.

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A freight train rolls past the Buena Park Metrolink station. Initially, bullet train service would be blended with the existing Metrolink network in Southern California. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / February 18, 2010)

By Ralph Vartabedian, Dan Weikel and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2011

The ambitious plan to connect Anaheim and San Francisco with high-speed trains has encountered plenty of obstacles, including intensifying resistance from wealthy and poor communities lying in the track’s path.

But the bullet train’s biggest threat could be its ballooning price tag, which this week doubled to an estimated $98 billion.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Public works director fears city attorney

Jim Penman (Kurt Miller/the press-enterprise)

BY BRIAN ROKOS
STAFF WRITER
brokos@pe.com

Published: 28 October 2011 04:02 PM

San Bernardino Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj said he’s afraid City Attorney Jim Penman will send armed investigators after him because Penman threatened to raid Majaj’s home and car after Majaj refused to turn over a police report.

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The PE: POLITICS: Re-maps, Bono Mack and taxes

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Published: 30 October 2011 08:05 PM

The California Supreme Court felt otherwise, but part of the unsuccessful court challenge to the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s state Senate plan centered on complaints about what the maps do in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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Thomas

Thomas returns to water board

Filippi questions ethics of ex-councilman from Upland
Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/30/2011 09:45:44 PM PDT

UPLAND – A former councilman’s appointment to a water agency board was narrowly approved last week by the City Council.

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Public unions targeted

Proposal would end collective bargaining
Will Bigham, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/30/2011 10:22:53 PM PDT

Petitions are being circulated for a ballot measure designed to end collective bargaining for California’s public- employee unions.

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Created: 10/30/2011 07:01:21 PM PDT

California’s largest teachers union seems to be having reservations about a proposed “millionaire’s tax,” even as labor groups hash out strategies for next year’s elections.

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Adelanto hires lawyers to recoup $48M in bond losses
October 30, 2011 3:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • The City Council has hired a team of lawyers in an attempt to recoup $48 million in bond losses its public utilities authority suffered after the bond insurer’s rating plummeted a few years ago.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 6:28 am

For California’s high-speed rail project, it’s been an inauspicious autumn.

Disparaged for its lack of public outreach, the California High-Speed Rail Authority hired a new deputy director for communications and public policy, Lance Simmens, who introduced himself to Kings County residents – and YouTube viewers everywhere – by falling asleep at a public meeting.

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By Diana Lambert
dlambert@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 6:53 am

School officials are on the edge of their seats.

In six weeks, they should know if they have to cut buses, shorten the school year, ask teachers to take furlough days, raid their reserves or cut programs.

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LATimes: Brown has two reasons to push pension reform

Gov. Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform In October. His proposed overhaul of public pensions is a major step toward political reality. (Max Whittaker, Getty Images / October 30, 2011)

By George Skelton Capitol Journal
October 31, 2011, 2:42 a.m.

From Sacramento– Gov. Jerry Brown would be the first to admit that rolling out a 12-point pension reform plan is the easy part.

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Calbuzz: Why labor is nuts to fight Brown on pensions

Monday, October 31, 2011

Let’s stipulate that public employee pension costs are not the fundamental cause of California’s financial problems. We can even accept the argument from the union-backed Californians for Retirement Security that “the average public pension in California is $26,000-a-year,” that “three-quarters of CalPERS retirees collect $36,000 or less” and that “public pensions equal just 3% percent of California’s budget.”

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

That ancient philosophical – or would it be biological? – question has a political counterpart in California, to wit:

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Herman Cain speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum, in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 22.

By JONATHAN MARTIN & MAGGIE HABERMAN & ANNA PALMER & KENNETH P. VOGEL | 10/31/11 8:38 AM EDT

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

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The PE: REDISTRICTING: Some worries about proposed city splits

09:59 PM PDT on Friday, June 17, 2011

By BEN GOAD and JIM MILLER
The Press-Enterprise

Proposed draft redistricting maps analysis
Several Inland cities will be affected if the draft redistricting map unveiled recently is instituted.
Published: 6/17/2011 05:22 PM

Freshly unveiled maps proposing new political lines for California would splinter some key Inland cities between districts, prompting local leaders to question whether the lines would strain longstanding community ties or dilute their representation in Washington.

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The Sun: Candidates tackle issues

By Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 07:58:17 PM PDT

WHO’S RUNNING? The candidates for San Bernardino’s Ward 2 seat are: Robert Jenkins, John Longville and Jerry Martin. The election is July 12.

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By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 04:42:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Cart, meet horse.

Councilman Tobin Brinker, who is up for re-election in the 3rd Ward in November, said Friday he plans to run for mayor in 2013. “I don’t think there’s any such thing as starting too early,” Brinker said.

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The Sun: Highway 330 reopens

Vehicles proceed through a repaired Highway 330 on Friday. Heavy rains washed away sections of the we ve had people working 24 highway in December 2010 prompting a closure of Highway 330 from Highland to Running Springs. (Al Cuizon/Staff Photographer)

By Jesse B. Gill Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 06:19:47 PM PDT

Drivers in the San Bernardino Mountains now have a key route back after Caltrans reopened Highway 330 on Friday.

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By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 09:27:27 PM PDT

COLTON – The school board solidified its earlier elimination of crossing guards, Future Farmers and other popular programs Thursday night as it passed a bare-bones budget for the 2011-12 school year and detailed steep cuts for the following year.

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The Sun: Unemployment and jobs dip in May

By Liset Marquez Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 06:19:43 PM PDT

The unemployment rate in the Inland Empire fell again in May, dropping to 13.2 percent, a state agency reported Friday.

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By Art Marroquin Staff Writer
Posted: 06/17/2011 09:58:17 PM PDT

The Los Angeles City Council this week opposed state legislation that calls for establishing an Inland Empire-based authority to take control of LA/Ontario International Airport from the city of Los Angeles.

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Mitzelfelt

 

High Desert supervisor protests cuts to public safety
June 17, 2011 8:41 AM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Citing concerns over “extremely troubling” cuts to public safety, 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt said he plans to vote against the proposed San Bernardino County budget when it goes up for approval June 28.

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The governor says his options include signing a budget that has only Democrat support and having initiatives put before voters on his tax plans.
By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2011

Reporting from Blythe, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday warned Republican lawmakers that if they failed to negotiate a budget compromise with Democrats, he would seek to go around them.

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Gov. Jerry Brown “may not have anticipated just how much more polarized the state Capitol had become since he left,” says Dan Schnur of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / June 16, 2011)

NEWS ANALYSIS

Governor’s action sends the issue back to a Legislature he’s been unable to unify.
By Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown was elected on a pledge to break legislative gridlock by changing Capitol culture, and he showered state lawmakers with attention as he tried to forge a bipartisan compromise to fix the state’s chronic financial mess.

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Controller John Chiang declared that lawmakers must produce a balanced budget; his office is reviewing the budget passed this week.

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association demanded Friday that Controller John Chiang withhold pay from lawmakers and threatened to sue if he does not.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 17, 2011

Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown roiled majority Democrats with his budget veto, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg made public his plans to halt consideration of the governor’s appointees “for an indefinite period of time.”

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SacBee: Suit dropped over giant failed land deal

Published: Saturday, Jun. 18, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

A lawsuit that says CalPERS was duped on a huge Southern California land deal has been dropped.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost $922 million on its investment in LandSource Communities Development.

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A new Field Poll finds three of four Californians surveyed have a negative image of Arnold Schwarzenegger, shown discussing the state budget in 2009. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / June 2, 2009)

By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
June 18, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t governor anymore. But his poll numbers continue to slide.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Schools commission hires man district rejected

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 12, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

In an effort to resolve a dispute that has left 300 nonteaching jobs vacant for months, the San Bernardino City Unified School District Personnel Commission has hired a man as a temporary “professional expert” whom the district has twice rejected as a permanent employee.

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DailyBulletin: Rancho Cucamonga reconfigures pensions

Lower rate to apply to new employees
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 06/12/2011 09:32:15 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The City Council has adopted a two-tier retirement benefits formula that will affect future City Hall employees.

Starting July 4, employees hired by the city will receive a retirement benefits formula of 2 percent at age 55, compared to the current formula of 2.5 percent at 55.

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DailyBulletin: Budget window closing

Deadline is Wednesday, but obstacles remain
Mike Cruz and Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writers
Created: 06/12/2011 10:10:16 PM PDT

Lawmakers will be faced Wednesday with passing a massive spending plan to fill a gaping deficit in the state’s budget, with serious cuts to everything from social services to education.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown said tonight he is “perplexed” that he has been unable to reach a budget deal, but he said the Legislature will vote on a spending plan Wednesday, the constitutional deadline.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

With 90 percent of lawmakers holding at least a bachelor’s degree, California has the most highly educated Legislature in the country, according to a study being published today by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Monday, June 13, 2011 – 05:00 a.m.

Congratlations to the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, who defeated the Miami Heat on Sunday 105 to 95.

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 12, 2011

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans are poised to press forward with legislation requiring all U.S. employers to use an electronic worker verification program penned by Inland Rep. Ken Calvert.

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The Sun: First state redistricting proposal could bring Lewis/Baca showdown

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 06/10/2011 09:42:17 PM PDT

After months of meetings and public input, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released a first draft of what California’s new Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts could look like.

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Baca

 

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 06/10/2011 07:21:55 PM PDT

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, says Democratic Party officials have asked him to consider running for a proposed new congressional seat that would represent Ontario, Chino, Montclair, Pomona and Rancho Cucamonga.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: Pleas postponed, transcript sealed

09:49 PM PDT on Friday, June 10, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge delayed the arraignment of four defendants in a bribery and corruption scandal Friday while agreeing to seal grand jury transcripts for three weeks.

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By Will Bigham Staff Writer
Created: 06/10/2011 09:38:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Attorneys for four men charged with bribery and other crimes in connection with the county’s $102 million legal settlement with Colonies Partners LP received transcripts Friday of grand jury proceedings that resulted in a 29-count criminal indictment last month.

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The PE: SB COUNTY: DA, probation cuts proposed

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, June 10, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County’s proposed budget calls for significant cuts to the district attorney and probation department and would reduce the hours of county employees if they refuse decreased health and retirement benefits.

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The Sun: Colton classified employees accept furloughs

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 06/10/2011 05:07:03 PM PDT

COLTON – Classified employees have agreed to take five furlough days during the 2011-12 school year in exchange for a promise of no layoffs, calling the deal a win-win.

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LATimes: District maps draw a new political landscape

Democrats stand to gain in Congress and state Legislature under panel’s redrawn districts.
By Evan Halper and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento and Washington — California’s new voting districts could put Democrats within reach of as many as five more seats in Congress and enough in the state Legislature for the two-thirds majority needed to raise taxes, according to Democratic and Republican analysts.

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By Kevin Yamamura and Torey Van Oot
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 11, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Senate Republicans blocked a tax solution to the deficit Friday, prompting Democrats to respond with a countermeasure expanding local taxation powers.

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The timing of theCalifornia Public Employees Retirement System’s email deletion policy is raising concerns because CalPERS has been under investigation by state and federal authorities. Above, the CalPERS board. (Robert Durell, For The Times / June 11, 2011)

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has begun automatically deleting any emails older than 60 days, raising concerns among watchdog groups that the giant pension fund could be destroying evidence of misdeeds.

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InlandPolitics: Huckabee out as Presidential hopeful

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 11:30 p.m.

Political television and radio talk show host Mike Huckabee has announced this evening that he won’t place his name in the hat for the GOP nomination for President.

The Sun: Op-Ed: Rebuilding SB Valley economy

 

 

Mayors Pat Morris, Pete Aguilar, Larry McCallon, David Zamora and Rhodes Rigsby
Posted: 02/26/2011 07:09:41 AM PST

As the mayors of five cities in the heart of the east San Bernardino Valley, it is our collective responsibility to ensure we make the strategic investments required to rebuild our regional economy and ensure its vibrancy and sustainability for the 21st century. Our highest priority has been modernizing our region’s transportation infrastructure to ensure our valley is economically attractive to businesses, jobs and residents.

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The Sun: A complex picture lies in I.E.

 

 

City officials often differ on the use of RDA funds
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 04:08:51 PM PST

After Gov. Jerry Brown proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies, a seemingly unanimous chorus of city and county leaders up and down the state called Brown’s plan a bad idea.

But officials in San Bernardino are singing a slightly different tune. They say the state should keep some redevelopment agencies and eliminate others.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:54:51 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – As cities statewide argue that eliminating redevelopment agencies would jeopardize vital infrastructure and job creation, officials here worry it could claim another victim: the city itself.

Grand Terrace might have to disincorporate within a year if it loses its Redevelopment Agency, fears Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz.

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The Sun: Mello-Roos an alternative to redevelopment

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:30:41 PM PST

Inland Empire cities can and have used redevelopment agencies to build freeway interchanges, storm drains and other big public infrastructure projects that aim to open land to new development.

But there are other ways to pay for those projects. One way, said Redlands-based regional economist John Husing, is to create community facilities districts or CFDs – also known as Mello-Roos districts.

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DailyBulletin: Teacher pension system on brink

 

Taxpayers may face larger costs
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:29 AM PST

As California school districts anticipate possibly the worst budget crisis in a generation, many will try to lighten their burden by enticing older teachers into retirement.

But as more and more teachers retire – with a pension averaging 55 percent to 60 percent of salary – they will be straining a system that already can’t meet its obligations.

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DailyBulletin: Budget dents service

 

Lack of overtime funds idles paramedic squad
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Fire Department has depleted most of its overtime budget and will take a paramedic unit out of service whenever a firefighter is ill or on vacation.

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DailyBulletin: 8 at the plate

 

Vote 2011 | Claremont City Council

Rivals try different tactics to stand out
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

CLAREMONT – With eight people running for three open City Council seats, the candidates’ toughest fight has been separating themselves from the pack in time for the March 8 general election.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 09:48:05 PM PST

CLAREMONT – Mayor Linda Elderkin is not through with the city even after she has decided to leave her city post in order to spend more time with her family.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: Ban on nonprofit pot shops proposed

 

 

11:50 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

Medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives will be prohibited in Beaumont if a proposed ordinance is adopted by the City Council.

The ordinance, which is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Beaumont City Council meeting, also would allow the city to regulate the establishment of collectives and cooperatives if the courts determine it is unconstitutional to ban them.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown, traveling to Los Angeles to meet with business leaders Friday, sat with The Bee to talk about his prospects for a budget deal, his place in politics and life back at the Capitol. The Democratic governor is still jogging, working long hours and keeping his negotiating options open.

You’ve said the partisan divide at the Capitol was maybe more than you’d expected. Do you think you underestimated Republican resistance?

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WashExaminer Editorial: Closing the books on the worst Congress

By: Examiner Editorial 12/25/10 8:05 PM

Americans can give thanks in this Christmas season for an end to the reckless and destructive 111th Congress. This is the Congress that passed Obamacare, against the wishes of a substantial majority of the public, on Christmas Eve of last year. In the dead of night, Democratic lawmakers stuffed the monstrous 2,700-page bill with special-interest goodies and political payoffs like the “Cornhusker Kickback” and the “Louisiana Purchase.” As we have learned since, most members were still ignorant of the bill’s contents three months later, when it gained final passage in the House. No surprise that its immediate results — both intended and unintended — have been almost uniformly bad.

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DailyBulletin Editorial: Time for some transparency

Qunicey

Upland

Created: 12/25/2010 07:33:48 PM PST

So Upland’s city manager is involved in a domestic dispute, and the police are called.

A sergeant files a report on the incident, but no further action is taken.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario budget weathers the recession

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 12/25/2010 10:11:49 PM PST

ONTARIO – Despite the economic uncertainty in the region, city officials went through the year without having to lay off any staff or worry about operating on a deficit.

The businesslike attitude adopted by city staff over the years helped the council pass a balanced, $383 million budget in July.

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McEachron

Federal, county investigations cost Victorville $300,000
December 25, 2010 1:43 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The cost and strain of responding to lengthy investigations by two federal and one county agency has newly seated Mayor Ryan McEachron calling for an end to the inquiries — though he first requested the forensic audit by the San Bernardino County Grand Jury.

The cost of responding has topped $300,000 in staff time and attorney fees, city officials estimated.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Clueless supervisor defends airport boondoggle

Saturday, December 18, 2010 – 10:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, true-to-form, hasn’t a clue.

Gonzales, sits as co-chair of the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA). The Airport Authority along with the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) is vested with the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base.

A base which closed in 1994!

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