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CCTimes (AP): Former CalPERS CEO pleads guilty to bribery, fraud

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By Paul Elias, Associated Press
Posted: 07/11/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT
Updated: 07/11/2014 03:46:48 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The former head of the nation’s largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center

Restaurant development across the Inland Empire is on the rise as the economy improves. Panera Bread, Pick Up Stix, Chipotle and The Habit are among the new offerings at The Colonies Shopping Center in Upland. (Neil Nisperos — Staff)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

Newer large shopping centers in the region have opened with a slate of new eateries in the past year and more may arrive in the coming months.

The trend indicates a return to normalcy for the regional economy, as restaurant construction and openings had stagnated during the recession and business slowdown.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 4:58 pm

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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SacBee: California has world’s eighth-largest economy, beating Russia, Italy

California Money

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 2:57 am

California’s economy has overtaken Russia and Italy, with the state now ranked as the world’s eighth-largest economy.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic expected to remain steady for the year

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/03/14, 12:25 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

ONTARIO >> When the latest passenger traffic figures for L.A./Ontario International Airport were released, a different trend emerged from what the medium-hub facility has experienced in the past three years.

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SacBee (AP): Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

Los Angeles Clippers

By TAMI ABDOLLAH
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 – 8:32 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:38 am

LOS ANGELES — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.

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BY DEBRA GRUSZECKI / STAFF WRITER
Published: July 3, 2014 3:37 p.m.

Woodside Homes, a North Salt Lake City, Utah-based homebuilder with a presence in Inland Southern California, has purchased 291 lots in two master-planned communities in California from the Lewis Group of Companies, the companies announced.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning.

Official unemployment rate falls in June

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 288,000 jobs were added in June. The number dropped the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 6.1%

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Ontario International Airport

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin L.A./Ontario International Airport General Manager Jess Romo says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which seem to indicate the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/02/14, 9:32 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Jess Romo, general manager of LA/Ontario International Airport, says he welcomes the recent passenger traffic figures which reveal that the medium hub facility is moving away from years of decline.

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DailyBulletin: Doctor’s behavior questioned in Donald Sterling court case

Donald Sterling

In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/01/14, 7:20 PM PDT |

One of the doctors who declared Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incompetent socialized with the billionaire at a hotel restaurant after the exam, raising questions about the physician’s conclusions, Sterling’s attorney said Tuesday.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Airport pipe dream

Ontario International Airport

Ontario International Airport

IE Business Daily
June 28, 2014

Walt Disney had an irrepressible imagination that led him to dream big, create his own animation studio, and ultimately design and build the world’s preeminent theme park’s. Long after his passing, his vision continues to entertain billions of people, young and old. Even Michael Eisner’s leadership could not long stifle the Disney tradition.

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LATimes: Charles Munger’s Daily Journal dismisses Ernst & Young after dispute

Los Angeles Daily Journal

By Bloomberg News
June 26, 2014

Daily Journal Corp., the California publisher that counts billionaire Charles Munger as chairman, dismissed Ernst & Young after the auditor faulted the company’s accounting.

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SacBee: Moody’s raises California’s bond credit rating

Moody's Ratings

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 25, 2014

Moody’s Investors Service, one of the nation’s largest credit rating organizations, upgraded its rating of California’s $86 billion in general obligation debt Wednesday, citing the state’s “rapidly improving financial position.”

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Wednesday, in case you missed it.

First-Quarter GDP goes in the tank

First-Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the output of all goods and services produced, contracted more than first reported.

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Private Equity

By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 11:48 am

California led all states in the number of companies with private equity investments in 2013, but it was far behind Texas in total dollars invested, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Private Equity Growth Capital Council.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Tuesday morning, in case you missed it.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Index hits post-recession high

The Consumer Confidence Index hit 85.2 in June, according to the Conference Board.

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Los Angeles Clippers

James Rainey
June 23, 2014

Shelly Sterling appeared to have the advantage after an initial hearing in probate court Monday, with a Los Angeles Superior Court judge saying that the terms of a family trust may give Donald Sterling little room to rebut a finding that he is mentally incapable of continuing as co-owner of the Clippers.

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NYTimes: Health Insurers Pressing Down on Drug Prices

Drugs+Money

Business Day

By ANDREW POLLACK
JUNE 20, 2014

In dealing with health plans, drug companies are facing a new imperative — bargain or be banned.

Determined to slow the rapid rise in drug prices, more health plans are refusing to cover certain drugs unless the companies charge less for them.

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The Sun: New owners of San Bernardino’s largest hotel plan upgrade this year

Hotel San Bernardino

Many will lose their jobs, but the loss of the Hilton in San Bernardino will hit more than jobs, as travelers become wary of even staying in San Bernardino. The news is yet another hit for the city, which has seen major attractions head west — to Ontario, for instance.

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/20/14, 8:44 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The new owners of this city’s largest hotel say late this year they plan a major upgrade of the 251-room property, which is called “The Hotel of San Bernardino.”

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/20/14, 5:42 PM PDT | Updated: 43 mins ago

Job growth dipped sharply in California last month but the state’s unemployment rate hit its lowest level since August 2008.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs $156.3 billion state budget

California Seal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget Friday, one of the earliest signings in recent history, his office announced.

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By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 20, 2014 – 11:51 am

The state Franchise Tax Board said it is sending letters to more than 45,000 California businesses that have not filed their 2012 state income tax returns.

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The Inland Empire is projected to be one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country through 2020, according to a new report. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

The Inland Empire is projected to be one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country through 2020, according to a new report. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Kirkham
June 20, 2104

The Inland Empire east of Los Angeles is projected to be one of the fastest-growing large metropolitan area economies in the country over the next six years, according to a forecast released Friday at the United States Conference of Mayors.

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Starbucks

Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week.

Javier Panzar
June 20, 2014

Some coffee prices at Starbucks are going up.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Friday, June 20, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Friday morning, in case you missed it!

Romney tops New Hampshire straw poll

With the Presidential Election a little more than two years off, the finger-in-the-water polling has started.

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SBD International Airport

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

San Bernardino International Airport’s interim executive director, A.J. Wilson, may be retiring, but his departure comes amid some major new arrivals and developments at the airport.

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Economy - What's Next

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/19/14, 7:25 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Regional economist Christopher Thornberg, a frequent commentator on national television and print media, told a gathering of the local commercial real estate professionals on Thursday that the warehousing and shipment of goods is going to be the major economic engine for the continued growth of the Inland Empire.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Thursday morning, in case you missed it!

High Desert cities approve budgets

Two High Desert cities have approved balanced budgets, for their 2014-15 fiscal years.

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SCE

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 06/18/14, 2:35 PM PDT |

Southern California Edison’s almost 5 million customers can expect to see average increases of between $5 and $10 on their next monthly electricity bill, officials with the utility said Wednesday at a Torrance news briefing.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom Wednesday morning, in case you missed it!

U.S. revenues hit all-time record, still running deficit

The amount of money the U.S. Government took in, through the month of May, has hit a new record of $1.93 trillion.

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National Community Renaissance

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/14, 10:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The nonprofit group behind the Waterman Gardens Affordable Housing Project will build 75 affordable units at Ninth Street and Valencia Avenue, replacing that number of low-income apartments at Waterman Gardens with ones sold at market rate.

The switch follows a 6-1 vote at Monday’s City Council meeting, with Councilman John Valdivia opposing the plan.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:25 pm

CalPERS’ health care premiums are going up again for hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families, although 40 percent of CalPERS members will see their rates decline.

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InlandPolitics: Is there a new investor bubble?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 12:30 a.m.

One has to wonder what’s coming down the road for the economy. There’s no debate that the Federal Reserve was responsible for the Internet and real estate bubbles, of the past.

The big question here is how big is the new Federal Reserve-driven stock and real estate bubble?

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InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

San Bernardino City Hall

Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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InlandPolitics: Los Angeles Kings win second Stanley Cup

 LA Kings

Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club and Coach Darrell Sutter.

The Kings bagged their second Lord Stanley’s Cup, with their Friday night defeat of the New York Rangers, by a score of 3-2.

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Los Angeles Clippers

A confidant of Donald Sterling says firms hired by the Clippers owner have dug up “dirt” on other NBA executives.

James Rainey
June 13, 2014

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has hired four firms to dig up embarrassing information about NBA executives and fellow team owners, according to a person familiar with the latest escalation in Sterling’s seven-week battle to maintain control of his team.

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Chris Kirkham
June 13, 2014

Job growth in much of California has outpaced the national average over the last year, signaling a continued economic rebound for the state in the coming years, according to the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA Executive Director Wilson to leave June 30

SBD International Airport

Thursday, June 12, 2014 – 04:30 a.m.

The never ending saga, surrounding the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base, continued Thursday, with the announcement that the executive director of the San Bernardino International Airport, is leaving June 30.

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InlandPolitics: Talk between San Bernardino, developer over downtown mall?

Rumor Mill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We’ll preface this by saying it’s just a rumor.  A pretty interesting rumor for that matter.

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By Robin Respaut
Wed Jun 11, 2014 – 12:30pm EDT

(Reuters) – For the first time in six months, the state of California’s revenues in May fell short, by $389.1 million, or 5.5 percent, of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: Little return on invested funds?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for bankrupt San Bernardino, and the surrounding area, these days. A city, and area, that has been the beneficiary of more than $ 1.026 Billion in government projects over the past several years.

That’s right. I did say billion!

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Los Angeles Clippers

Shelly Sterling is expected to argue that her estranged husband Donald Sterling is not competent in matters regarding the sale of the Clippers.

James Rainey, Mike Bresnahan
June 10, 2014

The latest round in the contentious legal wrangling over ownership of the Clippers is scheduled for Wednesday morning, when Shelly Sterling’s attorneys plan to go to court to ask a judge to expedite a hearing validating her takeover of a family trust — an action she used to clear the way for her sale of the NBA franchise.

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Jun 10, 2014, 2:07pm PDT
Steven E.F. Brown
Web Editor- San Francisco Business Times

“Where is the growth in sales tax transactions?” asked California Controller John Chiang in his monthly report on the Golden State’s cash balance.

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SFChronicle: Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project

Jerry Brown+High Speed Rail

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Monday, June 9, 2014

California drivers are going to see a bump at the pump starting Jan. 1 – with a good chunk of the money going to kick-start Gov. Jerry Brown’s struggling high-speed rail project.

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Los Angeles Register

In the last 10 months, Orange County Register parent Freedom Communications Inc. purchased the Riverside Press-Enterprise and launched two new papers, the Long Beach Register and Los Angeles Register. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Stuart Pfeifer
June 9, 2014

Dozens of veteran journalists have applied for voluntary buyouts at the Orange County Register, and those who haven’t are bracing for layoffs in the latest sign that the daily paper’s expansion is faltering.

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InlandPolitics: Will makeover solve SBD airport woes?

SBD International Airport

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s round twenty for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).

While nearby Ontario International Airport struggles to regain passenger traffic count, officials at SBD are hoping that a new makeover will help the aging and dormant facility re-market itself.

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Gavel-Legal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 9, 2014

Stockton filed a revised debt-cutting plan last week that could lead to a deal with a holdout creditor, Franklin bonds, possibly enabling the city to emerge from bankruptcy without cutting pensions.

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Los Angeles Clippers

Ben Bolch
June 8, 2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had “absolute confidence” the sale of the Clippers would be completed by mid-July because the indemnification team co-owner Shelly Sterling agreed to should protect the league from lawsuits brought by her husband, Donald.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: William “Buck” Johns returns again

Snake Oil

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

It just never ends!

William “Buck” Johns is back at it again.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Some ominous business activity is raising questions over the actual health of the East San Bernardino Valley business climate.

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Buck Johns

Johns defends his reputation in the Victor Valley

June 07, 2014 7:38 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITERB

ADELANTO • One of two high-profile developers who wants to bring a 3,280-bed jail to Adelanto that would house an overflow population of Los Angeles County inmates defended his past dealings in the Victor Valley this week and said the new facility would bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.

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LATimes: Bidding for Clippers was ‘like speed dating’

Shelly Sterling+Donald Sterling

Shelly Sterling was calm and in control as billionaire suitors made their pitches to buy the Clippers, insiders say.

James Rainey
June 7, 2014

The billionaire suitors came one after another, pulling up to the beachfront mansion just steps up the coast from the exclusive Malibu Colony. A lucky few had been asked to meet with Shelly Sterling — the Clippers were for sale.

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LATimes: Job recovery in Southern California is outpacing U.S. gains

Economy

Tiffany Hsu
June 6, 2014

Southern California fell harder in the recession than the rest of the country and took longer to recover, but now the region’s job gains are outpacing the national employment upswing.

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Goodman Logistics Center

COURTESY Rendering of the Goodman Logistics Center coming to Rancho Cucamonga.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 10:22 PM PDT | Updated: 53 secs ago

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A major global developer of warehousing and logistics centers is bringing a new facility to this city and it’s expected to bring thousands of jobs with it.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/05/14, 1:55 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Citing the lack of progress in the last four months, a judge has given Ontario and Los Angeles more time to gather evidence in their dispute over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling agrees to Clippers sale, will drop lawsuit against NBA

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Clippers owner Donald Sterling hasn’t spoken publicly about the team since his wife conducted a speedy sale of the franchise last week.

James Rainey
June 4, 2014

Donald Sterling has agreed to go along with the $2-billion sale of the Clippers negotiated by his wife, Shelly, in an agreement that will also lead the NBA to drop its administrative charges against the longtime team owners, Sterling’s attorney said Wednesday afternoon.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling, hoping to fix his reputation, could return to court

Shelly Sterling+Donald Sterling

Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, believes he could have gotten even more than $2 billion for the team if he negotiated the franchise’s sale instead of his wife, Shelly Sterling, his lawyer said. (Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images; Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

James Rainey, Nathan Fenno
June 3, 2014

Donald Sterling remains holed up in his Beverly Hills mansion, ostracized by many, banned by the NBA and yet quietly pleased that his Los Angeles Clippers last week fetched a record sales price of $2 billion.

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OCRegister: Register owner announces cutbacks

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BY MARY ANN MILBOURN / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 3, 2014 Updated: 5:27 p.m.

The owner of the Orange County Register on Tuesday announced a major restructuring that includes staff furloughs, voluntary newsroom buyouts, layoffs and the consolidation of the company’s Long Beach newspaper with the Los Angeles Register six days a week.

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VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

Buck Johns

‘Buck’ Johns pitching private facility to ease woes in LA County

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • City Manager Jim Hart said this week Adelanto would allow a new private correctional facility on its turf in a potential deal being marketed right now to Los Angeles County by a familiar and controversial figure.

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InlandPolitics: LA Kings to compete for second NHL Stanley Cup

LA Kings

Sunday, June 1, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club will return to the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday Night, at Staples Center.

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SBCO Seal

The plan was to make money from the venue, but instead the county has had to kick in money to meet expenses

Published: May 31, 2014 10:18 p.m.

When San Bernardino County was planning to build an outdoor amphitheater in a natural bowl at Glen Helen Regional Park, officials saw it as a potential cash cow.

To read story by David Olson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 31, 2014 Updated: 6:32 p.m.

Ontario’s lawsuit against Los Angeles to regain control of Ontario International Airport will be back in court next week.

Lawyers for the sparring sides are mum.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: This and that!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week, in case you missed it!

Sterling Trust sells Los Angeles Clippers

The Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Former Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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DailyBulletin: Upland extends trash contract with Burrtec

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/30/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The City Council has given the green light to a $60 million contract extension with Burrtec for solid waste collection.

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SFChronicle: Bill passes to push California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:03 am, Friday, May 30, 2014

(05-29) 18:40 PDT Sacramento — Calling last year’s minimum wage hike a good first step, the California Senate approved a measure Thursday that would further lift the pay floor to $13 an hour by 2017.

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Los Angeles Clippers

James Rainey
May 29, 2014

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has won a frenetic bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with a $2-billion offer that would set a record price for an NBA team.

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LATimes: Shelly Sterling receives at least three offers to buy Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers

James Rainey
May 29, 2014

Racing to sell the Clippers before being stripped of ownership by the NBA, co-owner Shelly Sterling received at least three preliminary offers for the team that could reach up to a record $2 billion, according to three people familiar with the process.

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ESRI

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/14, 10:02 PM PDT | Updated: 12 secs ago

Redlands technology company Esri is pledging $1 billion to make its mapping software available for free to more than 100,000 public schools, the company president announced Tuesday.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 – 11:02 am

CalPERS has defeated a bid by Wall Street’s leading credit ratings agencies to toss out the pension fund’s lawsuit over a $1 billion investment loss.

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OCRegister: Sterling to NBA: You’re in for a fight

Los Angeles Clippers

BY DAN WOIKE / STAFF WRITER
Published: May 27, 2014 Updated: 10:54 p.m.

Donald Sterling, it seemed, had accepted his presumed fate. He would not own the Clippers much longer, and his wife, Shelly, was going to step in and spearhead the sale of their team.

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LATimes: Past Republican donors rebuffing GOP candidates to back Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has received nearly $2 million from donors who gave to the GOP gubernatorial candidates in 2010. That’s more than three times what these donors have given to Brown’s 2014 Republican rivals. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Seema Mehta
May 25, 2014

With Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown expected to romp to reelection this year against little-known rivals, many donors who gave Republican candidates more than $37 million in the last gubernatorial contest are now keeping their hands in their pockets.

But those who are writing checks are largely giving them to … Jerry Brown.

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DailyBulletin: New neighborhood opens at Colonies in Upland

Frontier Communities

Construction is underway at the new Magnolia Heights neighborhood at the Colonies in Upland earlier this month.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> One of the final pieces of the Colonies development has opened for business.

The new 97-home Magnolia Heights neighborhood has homes ranging in size from 1,829 to 2,331 square feet.

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Los Angeles Clippers

By Dakota Smith, Jack Wang, and Mark Medina
Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/23/14, 9:11 AM PDT | Updated: 10 hrs ago

Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is attempting to turn his stake in the basketball team over to his wife Shelly, who will then negotiate a sale with the NBA.

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LATimes: Sterling tape was unleashed as friendship with Stiviano frayed

Los Angeles Clippers

James Rainey
May 21, 2014

V. Stiviano had grown accustomed to being the glamorous companion of Donald Sterling, the billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Once a catering truck operator from Boyle Heights, now she lived in a house Sterling bought her, drove a red Ferrari that he gave her and sat courtside at Staples Center.

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The PE: LABOR: Grocery union and chains reach contract deal

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Grocery union leaders reach a tentative contract deal with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons. Members will be asked to ratify it next week.

Published: May 21, 2014 – Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Southern California’s three largest supermarket chains and the union that represents their store workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, bringing several months of often-intense negotiations to what will likely be a successful conclusion.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: NBA makes its case against Clippers owner Donald Sterling

NBA

The NBA has compiled a voluminous collection of accusations and statements in its effort to strip Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly, of ownership of the team.

James Rainey and Nathan Fenno
May 20, 2014

Donald Sterling made several attempts to deflect responsibility for his rant against African Americans — even asking his companion V. Stiviano to lie about the authenticity of the recording of the incident, the NBA contended in a supporting declaration as part of its formal case against the Los Angeles Clippers owner.

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LATimes: NBA moves to oust Sterling, accuses Clippers of destroying evidence

NBA

The NBA files formal allegations against Clippers owner Donald Sterling

James Rainey
May 19, 2014

The NBA filed formal allegations Monday and set a June 3 hearing in its effort to strip Donald Sterling of his ownership of the Clippers, citing conduct that the league said “damaged and continues to damage the NBA and its teams.”

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Dem duels echo an old conflict

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

Each year, the California Chamber of Commerce publishes a list of several dozen bills it calls “job killers,” targeting them for defeat or severe amendment.

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Politico: The unemployment insurance graveyard

Unemployment Benefits Application

There are 3.5 million people who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks.

Politico

By BURGESS EVERETT | 5/18/14 5:05 PM EDT

Senate negotiators toiled for months to revive long-term unemployment benefits in a manner that could draw the support of both centrist Republicans and liberal Democrats.

But in a few days, that effort will be all for naught.

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USAToday (CNBC): Gas prices shouldn’t be high, but are: What gives?

Gas Prices

Javier E. David, CNBC
May 18, 2014 – 7:16 a.m. EDT

Rumors about the demise of U.S. gasoline demand have been greatly exaggerated.

Until late 2013, most energy observers forecast the world’s most reliably gas-guzzling market to consume less fuel this year. What was once thought to be a structural decline in demand, however, has proven more durable than expected.

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The PE: ECONOMY: Shrinking Inland labor force a concern

Work Force

Published: May 16, 2014 – Updated: 10:50 p.m.

Employers in Inland Southern California are still posting “we’re hiring” signs over the front door, and that helped lower the unemployment level in the area to its lowest point in almost six years, a state report released Friday found.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Donald Sterling

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at an NBA playoff game in April. Sterling has reportedly hired a new attorney and is expected to launch a legal battle to maintain ownership of the team. (Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images)

James Rainey
May 17, 2014

Donald Sterling is expected to launch what could be a long and contentious legal battle with the NBA over his ownership of the Clippers without the support of the big, politically connected law firm that has been with him for more than three decades.

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Economy

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/16/14, 6:28 PM PDT | Updated: 24 secs ago

Unemployment rates fell throughout California last month and jobs were added in record numbers, according to figures released Friday.

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