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LATimes: Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a ‘mind blower’

Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

Pat Morris

Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

lawsuit

By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport ruling now in judge’s hands

Gavel

Published: Nov. 19, 2014 Updated: 4:58 p.m.

The validity of decades-old agreements that gave ownership and control of Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles now await a judge’s decision after the window closed Wednesday on additional arguments.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino given six months to come up with bankruptcy exit plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 7:46 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has six months to come up with a detailed plan to exit bankruptcy or its case will be thrown out of court.

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San Bernardino Sign

The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown lets state Supreme Court vacancy linger

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

Victorville
Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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The Sentinel: No bang, just whimper as Sheriff’s POST Cheating prosecution ends

Sheriff

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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Ontario International Airport

A passenger jet on approach to L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:28 PM PST | Updated: 54 secs ago

Admitting fault, attorneys for Ontario contended Friday that the Ontario airport never was sold to Los Angeles because the procedures followed by the local electors were flawed.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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SacBee: Former Sen. Joe Dunn sues California Bar for firing him

California-Bar-Association

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/13/2014 12:54 PM

Former Democratic state Sen. Joe Dunn is suing his former employer, the State Bar of California, alleging that the bar’s board wrongfully fired him as executive director after he reported illegal activities and ethical breaches by high-ranking officials in the quasi-governmental agency.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case filed in 2007 rolls into 2015

Scales of Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A case arising from a 117-count indictment filed in 2007 is now rolling into 2015.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth, at Ontario International Airport July 25, 2014. (John Valenzuela — Staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/12/14, 7:59 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario and Los Angeles are expected to make their cases Friday as to whether the sale of what is now L.A./Ontario International Airport should have been outright sold to Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago or should have gone to the public for a vote.

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The Sun: Former San Bernardino official Robert Jenkins pleads guilty

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/10/14, 1:49 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to all 30 counts against him as part of a deal that will result in a sentence of 180 days.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick Wright, with his attorney Winston Kevin McKesson, left, listens to a judge after jury convicted him in January of fraud and perjury for living outside his Senate district. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
Novembver 10, 2014

Attorneys for former state Sen. Roderick Wright said Monday they have filed a notice of appeal of Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud for lying about living in his district.

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Alan Long

Teen Cheerleaders Sue Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Over Alleged DUI Crash

By Veronica Rocha
November 11, 2014

Melissa Reynolds, a cheerleader from Murrieta Valley High School, may not be able to rally crowds of students again, her attorney said.

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LATimes: Supreme Court to again decide fate of Obama’s healthcare law

ObamaCare

The court to rule on on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable. (Associated Press)

Court ot rule on healthcare law again
By David G. Savage
November 7, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama’s healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

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The Sun: San Bernardino will look to outsource, raises taxes

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/14, 8:36 PM PST |

San Bernardino voters’ decision not to change the way police and firefighters are paid is a “game-changer” that could mean outsourcing services and going back to voters next year — this time to raise taxes, the city’s bankruptcy attorney said Thursday.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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LATimes: Different pension rulings expected in Stockton, Detroit bankruptcies

Pension-Fund

By Marc Lifsher
November 2, 2014

Stockton employees and retirees avoided pension cuts when a federal judge last week approved the San Joaquin Valley city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff pay scandal case goes quietly into the night

Sailboat Drifting Away

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Remember the March 2011 press conference, by the San Bernardino County District Attorney, over the indictment of seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees, who were alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records?

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DailyBulletin: Judge delays ruling in ONT lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

Passengers check in at an empty Terminal 2 at L.A./Ontario International Airport on Wednesday. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/31/14, 10:40 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles has the deed for L.A./Ontario International Airport, but now the question is whether the city’s 1985 acquisition followed proper public procedure.

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SacBee: Judge approves Stockton’s plan to repay creditors, leaving pensions intact

Gavel

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 9:20 PM

Government pensions in California remain untouchable, at least for now, after a bankruptcy judge approved Stockton’s plan to repay its creditors Thursday without reducing the city’s pension obligations.

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SacBee: Opinion: L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 7:53 PM

ONTARIO – Ontario International Airport opened two large, modernistic terminals in the late 1990s to improve service in California’s fast-growing “Inland Empire” of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, replacing shabby facilities that would have embarrassed a Third World country.

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SFChronicle: State high court to take up issue of police personnel files

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At the request of San Francisco’s district attorney and police, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether prosecutors must examine officers’ confidential personnel files for evidence of misconduct that could help the defense in a criminal trial.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Marc Lifsher and Melody Petersen
October 29, 2014

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

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Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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West Valley Detention Center

The West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/22/14, 10:36 AM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

LOS ANGELES >> The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t allow gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at West Valley Detention Center the same access to rehabilitation opportunities, religious services, time outside their cells and other services that other inmates receive, alleges a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California.

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DailyBulletin: New allegations raised in ONT dispute

Los Angeles World Airports

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 9:02 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario has raised new allegations that purport to show a Los Angeles agency abandoned efforts to market L.A./Ontario International Airport in favor of multi-billion dollar projects at Los Angeles International Airport.

The allegations are raised in a court document filed by Ontario on Friday afternoon in Riverside Superior Court.

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The Sun: SBPEA sues former general manager for more than $700,000

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/17/14, 5:08 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

San Bernardino County’s largest labor union filed a lawsuit Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court against its former general manager, alleging he embezzled or misappropriated more than $700,000 before he was fired in 2013.

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FAA

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 12:02 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Michael Huerta, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said he cannot intervene in the L.A./Ontario International Airport dispute, but would like to see both sides come to a quick resolution.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario is back in court over airport dispute

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/17/14, 4:43 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario filed a motion Friday afternoon asking that a Riverside Superior Court judge deny Los Angeles’ request to dismiss a portion of the lawsuit involving LA/Ontario International Airport based on claims the statute of limitations has passed.

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LATimes: State Supreme Court lets bullet train project go forward

California High-Speed Rail

The high-speed rail project won another victory today when the California Supreme Court announced it would not hear an appeal. (Associated Press)

By Lauren Raab
October 15, 2014

The state’s $68-billion bullet train project will proceed after the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to review a lower court ruling that said project officials have complied with a high-speed rail ballot measure that voters approved in 2008.

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The Sun: San Bernardino police union: Truce over

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 11:39 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

The police officer association’s nearly yearlong truce with the city is over, the union’s attorney said Wednesday in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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Aaron Kushner

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Register, owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, alleging breach of contract. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Shan Li
October 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.

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DailyBulletin: LA/Ontario International Airport billboards questioned

Ontario International Airport
Documents cited by attorneys representing Ontario detail several instances in which Los Angeles World Airports appeared to direct key personnel to focus efforts on Los Angeles International Airport rather than ONT.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/11/14, 9:21 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

ONTARIO >> A billboard marketing blitz will take off on Monday promoting flights out of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager sentenced

Robb Quincey

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been sentenced as a result of his guilty plea to a single count of felony conflict of interest last month.

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Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/10/14, 10:10 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Colton’s former city manager who says he was fired while investigating suspected misconduct and misappropriation of public funds by city officials, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the city violated his rights and state laws and should not be able to hire a new city manager until they correct the process.

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The Sun: Ex-councilman Robert Jenkins’ arraignment delayed

Robert Jenkins

Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 2 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> After moving through a felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing, former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Tuesday for an information arraignment that was continued until Oct. 27.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court upholds distress damages for fatal police shootings

Posted on Monday, October 6 at 6:20pm | By Bob Egelko

When police fatally shoot someone without justification, California law allows the victims’ estates to recover damages for economic losses, but not for the pain the victim suffered before death. That limitation will no longer apply in federal courts in the state, as the result of an order Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:20 am

Political cognoscenti know that the most important factor in determining which politician and party wins a congressional or a state legislative seat is how the district lines are drawn.

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Politico: Why the Supreme Court punted on gay marriage

U.S. Supreme Court

The court released no vote count Monday and no justice publicly dissented.

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 10/6/14 8:06 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court added fuel Monday to the same-sex marriage drive sweeping the country like wildfire, clearing the way for judicial rulings to add 11 more states to the 19 which already allow the practice.

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Calpensions: Pensions still a puzzle in Stockton bankruptcy

Pieces to the Puzzle

By Ed Mendel
October 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled last week that Stockton’s CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.

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The Sun: Judge orders Redlands school district to change public records policy

Redlands Unified School District

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/04/14, 5:44 PM PDT |

A judge has ordered the Redlands Unified School District to alter its public record policies, which, he ruled, violate the California Public Records Act.

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

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court. The prospect of a monumental ruling on same-sex marriage dominates expectations of the coming session.

By Robert Barnes
October 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The 10th edition of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. begins work Monday with the prospect of a monumental ruling for gay rights that could serve as a surprising legacy of an otherwise increasingly conservative court.

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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang
October 2, 2014

Federal officials have rejected a last-ditch effort by Los Angeles County to maintain control over its jails and will move forward with a consent decree to address longstanding problems with mental health care in the troubled facilities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 10:20 pm

It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.

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Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik
October 2, 2014

The investment house Franklin Templeton’s effort to knock down the city of Stockton’s proposal to emerge from bankruptcy portrays the case as one in which Franklin is defending itself against three big, faceless adversaries.

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NYTimes: Bankruptcy Judge in California Challenges Sanctity of Pensions

US Bankruptcy Court

Stockton, Calif., faced a $1.6 billion termination fee from Calpers if it dropped out of the state pension system.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy
By Mary Williams Walsh
October 1, 2014 9:15 pmOctober 1, 2014 9:15 pm

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday upended the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping away at the idea that pensions are sacrosanct in a municipal bankruptcy.

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AP: Ruling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefits

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AP California News
Oct 2, 9:28 AM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation – pension funds or creditors.

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San Bernardino Seal

The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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Los Angeles World Airports

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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The PE: ONTARIO: ‘Inbred Inland Empire’ not aimed at region, airports exec claims

Ken Calvert

Calvert

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert wants a Los Angeles airport executive fired for using the term “inbred Inland Empire” and calling improvements at Ontario International Airport “a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.”

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

LATimes: Inland Empire seeks to regain control of Ontario airport from L.A.

Ontario International

Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport is virtually empty amid a severe decline in passengers since 2007. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
September 28, 2014

Accusing Los Angeles of breaking agreements to foster a network of regional air centers and build up L.A./Ontario International, Inland Empire officials went to court last week to regain control of the struggling airport.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Riverside judge asked to rule on ONT suit

ontario airport

Ontario’s lawyers want her to uphold its right to sue for the return of local control of airport. Owner L.A. says it’s too late.

Published: Sept. 26, 2014 Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Ontario is asking a judge to unwind the city’s agreement with Los Angeles that gave L.A. control of Ontario International Airport, saying Ontario officials in 1967 and 1985 had no right to give up the airport forever and provide no way out of the contract.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

LATimes: Six L.A. County sheriff workers get prison for obstructing jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Victoria Kim
September 23, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a “corrupt culture” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails.

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The Sun: Detroit bankruptcy plan hearing shows contrast with San Bernardino

San Bernardino

Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/14, 8:57 PM PDT | Updated: 58 secs ago

Hearings have begun on Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, slightly more than a year after the distressed Motor City filed for bankruptcy — and at least six months before San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy a year before Detroit, expects to even come up with a plan.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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SacBee: License plate scanner networks capture movements

License Plate Scanner

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ELLIOT SPAGAT
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 8:28 am

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:41 pm

The California Voting Rights Act was signed by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2002, but it was years before it began to have real-world impacts.

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LATimes: Jail deputy convicted in conspiracy to hide federal informant

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice Tuesday after a previous trial this year had ended with jurors deadlocked 6 to 6.

By Victoria Kim
September 16, 2014

A federal court jury convicted a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a scheme aimed at hiding an inmate who had been working as a federal informant.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario, Los Angeles to head back to court for ONT case

Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth at Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (File photo by John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/15/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> The 1967 agreement which gave control of then Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles will be subject to legal scrutiny next month.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

California Supreme Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles files motion challenging Ontario airport dispute

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/13/14, 11:19 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles will be back in court Monday morning for significant a motion involving the takeover of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

Scales of Justice

Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

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

Father Time

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

San Bernardino Seal

By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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OCRegister: Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory charged with false filing

Webster Guillory

Official didn’t personally witness signatures being collected, though he signed the form saying he did, according to the DA.

BY SEAN EMERY and TONY SAAVEDRA / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Prosecutors charged Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory on Tuesday with filing false nomination papers, alleging that during his re-election bid, he claimed to have personally collected signatures on petitions that were circulated by an associate.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were convicted in July of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for a seat on the council. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
September 9, 2014

Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in County Jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

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VVDailyPress: Ex-Barstow mayor pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Joe Gomez

Gomez ordered to serve 3 years probation, stay away from victim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 12:56 pm
Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge, ending four years of criminal proceedings drawn out by attorney changes and ongoing investigations.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

scales-of-justice

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

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

money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown appeals ruling that struck down teacher job protections

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
Augs=ust 28, 2014

A state commission decided unanimously Thursday to confirm the appointment of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court, paving the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s second high-court nominee this term to take the bench in January.

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UTSanDiego: Cities lose ‘prevailing wage’ case

Highway Construction

Tentative ruling upholds state law requiring generally higher pay on most public projects

By Mark Walker2:45 p.m.Aug. 28, 2014Updated4:39 p.m.

An attempt by several cities to overturn a state law that forces them to choose between paying generally higher or “prevailing” wages on most public works projects or lose state construction dollars has been turned aside in a tentative court ruling.

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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

gavel

The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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VVDailyPress: Trial close for former Barstow mayor

Joe Gomez

CRIMINAL COURTS
After long delays, sexual battery case looms next week
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Delayed for years by attorney changes, ongoing investigation and scheduling conflicts, the misdemeanor sexual battery trial for former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez is expected to finally get underway next week, the case’s prosecutor said Monday.

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