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Calpensions: Stockton bankruptcy’s unsettled pension legacy

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 2, 2015

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal.

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DailyBulletin: Judge sides with LA on Ontario airport case

Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Los Angeles on two key claims in the legal battle for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport

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CPR: Stockton Officially Exits Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy

Rich Ibarra
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

The City of Stockton officially exits bankruptcy Wednesday. The exit ends more than two years of negotiations, settlements, and development of a future fiscal plan.

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The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/25/15 – 09:42 PM EST

Participating in a town hall-style immigration forum in Miami, the president said a recent ruling against his new immigration policies by a federal judge in Texas was wrongly decided and promised to use all his legal options to ensure the new programs are ultimately adopted.

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CapitolWeekly: Ticking clock: California redistricting in SCOTUS’ hands

Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

By PAUL MITCHELL
Posted 02.24.2015

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with arguments set to be heard on March 2, could reduce the role of the State Redistricting Commission, invalidate the 2011 Congressional lines, and hand to the legislature the immediate responsibility of redrawing 53 valuable seats.

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The PE: COURTS: Prosecutor accused of lying in 1995 murder case

Riverside County District Attorney

Judges say a Riverside County prosecutor gave false testimony in the trial of a man convicted in a 1995 double murder; others say he “was simply confused”

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

Twenty years after a Riverside County man and his partner were fatally shot in their desert home, a third trial has been ordered for the man convicted of murdering them.

To read story by Sarah Burge in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SFChronicle: California to pay $24 million settlement over state properties

California Seal

By Joe Garofoli
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Updated 8:20 pm

The state of California will pay $24 million to investors to end a legal battle over a proposed deal to sell $2.3 billion in state properties during the height of California’s fiscal crisis.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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The Hill: Obama to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs

The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/20/15 – 01:45 PM EST

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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hour-glass

By Joseph Tanfani
February 20, 2015

In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario airport lawsuit against Los Angeles to go to trial in August

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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Bloomberg: Koch Group Gets to Keep Donors Secret in California Lawsuit

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By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
2/17/15 – 8:55 PM EST

A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.

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AP: Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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Associated Press
By Juan A. Lozano
February 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

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Calpensions: CalPERS paid lawyers $7 million in bankruptcies

calpers

By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-aide to San Bernardino County supervisor charged in drug smuggling

Drugs

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Chapman University

Chapman University in Orange has been sued by two of its donors.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
February 13, 2015

A 98-year-old Newport Beach philanthropist and his wife are suing Chapman University, alleging that the college coerced him into donating $12 million and then failed to keep its promises.

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InlandPolitics: Fired Ramos aide charged with two felonies

SBCO

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been charged with two felonies for smuggling drugs to an inmate housed at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

SBCO

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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InlandPolitics: Murder-for-hire case green lighted for trial

Scales of Justice

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The long-awaited punitive damages trial for Plaintiff Leonard Epps has been set for April 13, 2015.

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DailyBulletin: 35 more San Bernardino County inmates allege abuse

West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.(Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

An attorney alleging in two federal lawsuits that deputies at a San Bernardino County jail routinely abused inmates with Taser guns said Friday he will soon be filing a third lawsuit with 35 new plaintiffs.

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DailyBulletin: Probe of West Valley Detention Center winding down

Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

A nearly year-long investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga is winding down, with a federal grand jury weighing evidence and five lawsuits pending before a U.S. District Court judge.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 6:44 PM

With harsh words for CalPERS and an angry bondholder, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has put into writing his pivotal rulings on the sanctity of public pensions in the Stockton bankruptcy case.

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InlandPolitics: Upland shooting returns to federal trial docket

Upland seal

Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Following a failed prosecution against a defendant shot several times by Upland Police, a federal civil rights claim has been returned to the U.S. District Court trial docket.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/03/15, 3:10 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

The decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport was never valid, Ontario’s attorneys claim in a response filed Tuesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: ISIS, American Foreign Policy & SCOTUS Decisions

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ralph Rossum, Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College, joins Lou to discuss ISIS and foreign policy.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Most can agree that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has had its issues at times. But the Federal Appeals Court that oversees California appears to have had it with prosecutor misconduct in the state.

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/02/15, 1:14 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A former high-ranking Federal Aviation Authority official said Monday that L.A./Ontario International Airport is a national asset that plays an key role in the national airspace system and deserves its chance to be economically successful.

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The Open File

By Alec
February 1, 2015

In the wake of an extraordinary oral argument in front of a 9th Circuit panel during which Judge Alex Kozinski suggested a prosecutor be tried for perjury and threatened to name state officials in an opinion that would “not be pretty,” the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a motion dropping the state’s opposition to a habeas petition in a 1995 double-murder case.

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jury_box

Monday, February 2, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of a long-running civil trial stemming from a “Murder-for-Hire” plot, involving members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is once again moving closer to a jury trial date.

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SacBee: Opinion: Election law changes aid politicians

U.S. Supreme Court

Self-serving gerrymanders had become so common in California that the state’s voters finally shifted the power over legislative and congressional districts from the Legislature to an independent commission. The Legislature could recapture its district-drawing power over congressional districts if the Arizona Legislature wins a case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (pictured) that challenges the legitimacy of that state’s redistricting commission. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/02/2015 12:01 AM

When politicians tinker with the laws governing their own elections, one should view their proposals with a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude.

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LATimes: U.S. judges see ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct in state

Kamala Harris

Federal judges called upon state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to respond to reports of a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct going undisciplined in state courts. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
Januray 31, 2015

The hearing seemed largely routine until a state prosecutor approached the lectern.

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Samuel Alito

Twice in the last three years, Justice Samuel Alito has written opinions dealing defeats to public unions. Above, Alito at the Reagan library in Simi Valley. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)

By David G. Savage
January 31, 2015

Seeing an opening to weaken public-sector unions, a conservative group is asking the Supreme Court to strike down laws in California, Illinois and about 20 other states that require teachers and other government employees to pay union fees, even if they are personally opposed.

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ontario airport

Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

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

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/15, 10:02 AM PST | Updated: 51 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fearing he may die in custody before trial, Charles “Chase” Merritt, suspected of killing the McStay family in their Fallbrook home in 2010, was given permission Friday by a judge to represent himself.

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lawsuit

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s union sues to stop body-camera use

Riverside County Sheriff

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:49 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has asked a judge to prevent the county from requiring deputies to use body-mounted video cameras, asserting that officials failed to negotiate the use of the new equipment.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Mike Ramos

During a news conference in November, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said about 60 warrants had been served. But that number has since changed to 35, and prosecutors are not saying why.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/15, 8:44 PM PST |

Authorities have no legal basis to block public access to dozens of search warrants filed in San Bernardino Superior Court in the McStay family murder case, according to a motion filed Wednesday by an attorney representing 18 news organizations.

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By Kelly Puente
Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated 4:25 p.m.

A group of California public school teachers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to hear a case that would decide whether public employees should be required to pay union dues.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle

Gavel

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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Money

Five years after Citizens United ruling, big money reigns

Michael Hiltzik
January 24, 2015

If you’re wondering why issues favored by a majority of Americans such as raising the minimum wage, gun control and net neutrality get scarcely any attention in the halls of Congress, the Citizens United case is the reason.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy fraud case continued

scales-of-justice

Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The long-running fraud case involving the now-defunct California Charter Academy has been continued once again.

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gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/15, 10:40 AM PST | Updated: 35 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario will continue to press for the release of 399 documents that they say could determine the fate of the city’s legal battle for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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SacBee: Judge rejects bid to keep Stockton in bankruptcy

US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/20/2015 8:58 PM

A bankruptcy judge Tuesday dismissed an effort to keep Stockton mired in bankruptcy while a creditor challenges a decision that lets the city pay its CalPERS pension bills in full.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Court security increases following gun breach

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A security breach at one of the San Bernardino County courthouses has now subjected lawyers to extra scrutiny.

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Gavel

Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

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

LATimes: Ontario airport worth much less than L.A. is asking for, audit says

Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles must give Ontario 399 documents in airport lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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WashPost: Supreme Court agrees to hear gay marriage issue

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. under the Constitution, setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling.

By Robert Barnes
January 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman.

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DailyBulletin: Emails on Ontario Airport show L.A. stymied by indecision

Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: City pays $200,000 to settle whistle-blower suit

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/15, 7:01 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a May 30 deadline to file its bankruptcy exit plan looming and years of growth hoped for after that, city officials are moving forward with a long-term strategic plan that will help form the bankruptcy plan and extend far beyond it.

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LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

marijuana-leaf

By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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SacBee: Opinion: Audit slams bureaucracy in California’s judiciary

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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Lawman

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011; a grand jury is now hearing testimony about the actions of Baca and Paul Tanaka, his top aide at the time, as they reacted to discovery of a cellphone provided to a county jail inmate by the FBI. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang
January 11, 2015

It seems that federal prosecutors are after the “big fish” in L.A. County Jail obstruction-of-justice inquiry

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors, state reps talk of improving region

SBCO

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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Handcuffs

Ex-School Accountant Caught Stuffing Lunch Money In Bra Sentenced To 5 Years

By Veronica Rocha
January 9, 2015

A former Rialto school accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in lunch money and stuffing the cash into her bra was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County District Attorney pleads to misdemeanor

Paul Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:45 p.m.

Former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has pleaded “No Contest” to a single count of Vandalism (Tampering with Campaign Signs), a misdemeanor.

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InlandPolitics: Another continuance in SBIA Fraud case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The fraud case against the former Project Manager at San Bernardino International Airport has been continued once again.

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Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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SFChronicle: Scalia’s Constitution revisited, with a nod to Jack Bauer

Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia told an interviewer that harsh interrogation techniques were constitutional and might be justified in some cases.

By Bob Egelko
January 2, 2015 – 5:39 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia prides himself on interpreting the Constitution as it was intended by those who drafted it. When it comes to torture of suspected terrorists, one of those drafters might be Jack Bauer.

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InlandPolitics: Jaded liability strategy blows up again

SBCO District Attorney

Related Post: InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

Friday, January 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

Another criminal case, brought in an attempt to shield an agency from civil liability, this time San Bernardino County, blew up in Superior Court late Wednesday afternoon.

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Reuters: California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions

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By Tim Reid
Monday, Dec 29, 2014 – 8:38pm EST

(Reuters) – A group of judges is suing California’s public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

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Politico: Obama nominees in doubt

Politico

Democrats pushed through dozens in December, but Republicans have all the leverage now.
By Burgess Everett
12/29/14 9:02 PM EST

Democrats are still dancing in the end zone after running up the score on dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees during the lame duck.

They should enjoy the moment, because Republicans are about to step up their goal-line defense.

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DailyBulletin: Chino Valley Unified blurs line between religion, public policy

Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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SacBee: Brown looks to history as he builds a new high court

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown, with his wife, Anne Gust Brown by his side is sworn in by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court, right, during his inauguration at Memorial Auditorium in 2011.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
12/28/2014 8:38 AM

Amid pomp and self-important speechifying, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other statewide elected officials will take their oaths of office a week from Monday.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Marijuana
Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

SBCO District Attorney

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 12/24/14, 4:49 PM PST |

VICTORVILLE >> An Adelanto middle-school teacher no longer faces child pornography charges, but he pleaded no contest to charges of having adult pornographic images on a school-owned computer.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown of California at his office in Oakland, where he discussed his thinking behind the three unconventional, but applauded, nominations he has made to the State Supreme Court. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
DEC. 25, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Jerry Brown first served as governor of California, he set out to reshape the powerful California Supreme Court by appointing its first female chief justice. But his pick, Rose Bird, had never served as a judge before and came to be perceived as a liberal ideologue.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Gutierrez ends legal fight

Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley will pay almost $300,000 in legal fees for both sides in fight over appointment

Published: Dec. 22, 2014 – Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay about $128,000 in attorney fees in a settlement that will end a lawsuit over last year’s appointment of Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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Vivek Ranadive

Believing he wasn’t rewarded for ongoing efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, businessman Darius Anderson has filed a civil complaint against two of the team’s owners, Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.(Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 22, 2014, 4:00pm PST
Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 4:38pm PST

Businessman and lobbyist Darius Anderson has filed a complaint against two of the owners of the Sacramento Kings, alleging he was deceived and left out of the ownership when the team traded hands in spring 2013.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court

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Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

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

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UTSanDiego: Sen. Hueso gets probation in DUI case

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

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

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Bernardino Seal

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

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

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

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

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

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

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