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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Appellate Court refuses to stop nurses strike

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

A California appellate court has refused to intervene in a ongoing two-day strike by San Bernardino County Nurses.

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LATimes: Mandatory DNA collection during arrest is unconstitutional, court says

By Maura Dolan
December 3, 2014

A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies — though not necessarily convicted or even charged — violates the state constitution.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

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

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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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InlandPolitics: Sterling appeal denied

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Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

For our readers who happen to be Clipper fans.

The California Second District Court of Appeal has put a fork in Donald Sterlings last minute attempt to reverse the sale of his former team.

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LATimes: Donald Sterling’s petition denied in latest legal tussle over Clippers

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By Nathan Fenno
August 8, 2014

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling’s petition late Friday to stay last month’s probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

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SFChronicle: Court gives new life to California high-speed rail

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By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Published 3:05 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts sought stability, found instability

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

When the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson agreed in 1997 that the state would assume the entire cost of financing California’s largest-in-the-nation court system, judges rejoiced.

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LATimes: Appeals court has tough questions for plaintiffs in bullet-train suit

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An artist’s rendering of a California high-speed rail train. (Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
May 24, 2014

A state appellate court panel on Friday zeroed in on technical and procedural issues that could signal trouble for Central Valley groups fighting California’s proposed bullet train project.

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CCTimes: California courts get a boost in governor’s budget

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By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/13/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT# Comments
Updated: 05/13/2014 12:26:00 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After years of budget bloodletting, California’s courts received a $160 million bump in funding in Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget plan — although with some strings attached and a stern warning that the state’s judicial leaders need to do more to tighten spending.

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Apr 7, 2014, 6:58am PDT
Updated: Apr 7, 2014, 7:12am PDT
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s latest business plan suggests the agency could run out of money next year unless it overcomes legal and legislative funding hurdles.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Bullet train faces withering series of hurdles

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California High-Speed Rail Authority plans to begin construction this year on a bullet train system that is supposed to eventually stretch 500 miles from Sacramento to San Diego.

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Scales of Justice

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 07:30 p.m.

The Colonies case is finally headed back to San Bernardino County Superior Court, following the issuance of a modified opinion by Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, in Riverside on Monday afternoon.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/03/14, 6:30 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> Prosecutors and defense attorneys are finally in agreement on one thing in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case: that the case should be remanded to Superior Court from the 4th District Court of Appeal so it can proceed to trial.

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Calpensions: Three new rulings on retiree health care cuts

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 3, 2014

A federal appeals court last week gave Sonoma County retirees another chance to show that an implied contract gave them vested rights to retiree health care, preventing the benefit from being cut to $500 a month.

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LATimes: Court says it’s legal to look at map on phone while driving

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By Victoria Kim
February 27, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

Talk or text you may not, but it is legal for drivers to look at maps on their cellphones while on the road, a California appellate court ruled Thursday.

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The PE: COURTS: Chief justice urges Inland attorneys to fight for funding

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February 12, 2014; 09:53 PM

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye urged Inland attorneys to lobby local legislators for funding to bring the area more judges, and pushed back on criticisms that the state court system is solely responsible for its financial straits.

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

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By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/01/14, 11:25 AM PST |

Two lower court rulings that have tied the proposed $68 billion high-speed rail train in red tape may snag other public works projects for roads and schools, according to the state Department of Finance.

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DailyJournal: Defendants in public corruption case allege prosecutorial misconduct

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San Bernardino County developer, officials in corruption scandal say their rights were violated

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Katie Lucia

Defendants charged in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal are trying to convince a judge to toss the case, alleging a litany of prosecutorial misconduct.

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SacBee: Court again sides with California Legislature in pay dispute

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2014

State Controller John Chiang lacks the authority to determine whether a budget approved by the California Legislature is balanced, a court ruled, handing another legal victory to lawmakers whose pay he docked amid a standoff in 2011.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Appellate justice seeks potential kidney donors

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Thomas Hollenhorst, an associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal, is a longtime fixture in Riverside — as an attorney, prosecutor, and judge. He has a failing kidney and needs to find a donor. (Stan Lim/Staff Photographer)

January 23, 2014; 03:58 PM

It’s a waiting game for Thomas Hollenhorst.

An associate justice for the 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside, Hollenhorst works with deadlines. But now the 67-year-old jurist, a fixture in the Inland legal scene for more than 40 years, needs a kidney transplant — and there are no rules of court to set when he will hear about an available organ from one of the two medical centers where is on transplant lists.

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

SacBee: California chief justice says courts need more money

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 22, 2014
By Richard Chang

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye today said Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget shortchanges the judicial branch.

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DailyBulletin: Donnelly, Brown bill to fund understaffed courts voted down

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/14, 8:14 PM PST |

Sacramento >> An attempt to pump more money into underfunded courthouses has died in committee.

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The Sun: Defense attorneys want Colonies case back in San Bernardino Superior Court

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Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Smith during a hearing in 2012, in the Colonies case. (File Photo/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/28/13, 5:30 PM PST |

Defense attorneys said Friday they will push to get San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case back to trial court so they can present additional evidence they say will help prove their clients’ innocence.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts muscle up for money

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – 7:43 am

When California voters passed a multibillion-dollar sales and income tax increase last year, they raised hopes of countless interest groups.

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SacBee: New nonprofit foundation to advocate for California courts

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 16, 2013

Several prominent lawyers and civic leaders have banded together to form a new group to advocate on behalf of California’s courts.

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Scales of Justice

By Jean Merl
October 16, 2013, 3:51 p.m.

A divided California Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the city of Palmdale to hold its Nov. 5 City Council election, which a trial court had canceled late last month.

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LATimes: Charges related to lavish trips refiled against Irwindale officials

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By Richard Winton
August 14, 2013, 4:06 p.m.

Four months after a state appellate panel voided grand jury indictments against Irwindale officials connected to the alleged misappropriation of nearly $200,000 on lavish trips to New York, Los Angeles County prosecutors on Wednesday refiled the charges.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Red-light cameras under siege in California

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2013 – 6:50 am

One of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s first acts this year – before he became preoccupied with other affairs – was to end the use of cameras to catch motorists running red lights, labeling them “the San Diego version of a traffic trap.”

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LATimes: Appeals panel voids case against Irwindale officials

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Justices rule that Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to produce key evidence showing defendants in a favorable light during grand jury hearings.

By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013, 8:28 p.m.

Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to present grand jurors with evidence favorable to Irwindale officials before seeking an indictment in connection with lavish business trips that city officials took to New York, a panel of state appellate justices said Thursday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport corruption figure Scot Spencer appears in court

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/09/2013 10:57:57 AM PDT

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SAN BERNARDINO — Former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday for the first time since his March 24 arrest, and has been appointed a public defender to represent him.

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The courts have lost about 65% of their state general fund support in the last five years, a new study says, and the effect of the cuts is growing.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2013, 6:44 p.m.

California courts, reeling from years of state budget cuts, are delaying hearings and trials, allowing records to sit unprocessed for months and slashing services at public windows, a judge’s committee has reported.

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LATimes: Ethics panel says judges may ask lawyers to fight court cuts

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By Maura Dolan
April 5, 2013, 4:33 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — A new California judicial ethics committee issued its first formal opinion Friday, deciding that judges may solicit attorneys to lobby for funding for the courts.

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LATimes: Lawmaker panel approves some court funding

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On politics in the Golden State
By Chris Megerian
April 3, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — An Assembly subcommittee voted Wednesday to restore $418 million to California’s judiciary, but not before one lawmaker shared some tough words for the state’s court system.

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SacBee: State budget proposal would charge ‘search fee’ for court documents

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 – 7:58 am

Californians have a legal right to view court files of criminal and civil cases, but here’s the catch: It soon may cost $10.

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SacBee: California chief justice says state is ‘on the wrong side of history’

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 11, 2013

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye implored the Legislature on Monday to better fund the court system, tying the issue to a basic guarantee of justice.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some news coming across the transom Wednesday morning.

Rialto voters pass utility tax extension

Rialto voters have passed Measure W, with 63% giving approval. The measure, requiring a majority passage, will extend the city’s utility user’s tax for five years.

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The Recorder: Judicial Council’s Operations Remain Largely Shielded From Public Eye

By Cheryl Miller
The Recorder
February 22, 2013

“The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, and, therefore, the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies shall be open to public scrutiny.”
— California Constitution, Article 1, §3 (b)(1)

For decades, California’s courts have upheld, even championed, laws granting the public open access to government meetings.

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SacBee: California Legislature’s ballot maneuver was unconstitutional, court says

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Legislature acted unconstitutionally when it approved a bill moving Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes to the top of the November ballot, an appeals court ruled Friday.

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The Sun: Courts relieved not to have more cuts coming in budget proposal

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Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/15/2013 01:28:54 PM PST

After years of dealing with the chopping block, court systems throughout California would be spared additional cuts under Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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LATimes: Brown’s budget won’t forestall court closures, chief justice says

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
January 10, 2013 | 2:17 pm

California courts will continue to face closures and reduced hours in the coming year under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, California’s chief justice said Thursday.

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LATimes: Through new budget, Brown maps out sweeping change in California

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The governor wants to overhaul how the state funds its nearly 10,000 public schools and may cut court and prison spending.

By Anthony York and Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2013, 5:32 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The days of catastrophic deficits behind him, Gov. Jerry Brown is set to propose a state budget Thursday that would shift the Capitol’s focus from fiscal triage to sweeping policy changes in education, criminal justice and healthcare.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Old California budget issues remain despite new taxes

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Sometime before Christmas, Gov. Jerry Brown will close the books on a proposed 2013-14 budget.

A few weeks after that, Brown will deliver that budget to the Legislature and we’ll learn whether voter approval of Proposition 30, Brown’s sales and income tax increase, will make a big difference in the state’s finances.

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LATimes: Court decision shields identity of donor to Arizona nonprofit

A decision by a California appeals court has made it increasingly unlikely that voters will know before election day who is behind an $11-million campaign donation from an Arizona nonprofit group.

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2012

SACRAMENTO — A Friday decision by a California appeals court has made it increasingly unlikely that voters will know before election day who is behind a controversial $11-million campaign donation from an Arizona nonprofit group.

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The Sun: Colonies’ prosecutors unsure if they’ll appeal to state Supreme Court

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/01/2012 07:54:23 PM PDT

A spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that prosecutors have not decided if they will continue fighting to reinstate bribery charges against a Rancho Cucamonga developer to the state Supreme Court.

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The Sun: Burum wins in appeals court

By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
November 1, 2012
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The state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside on Wednesday rejected a request by prosecutors to reinstate bribery charges against a Rancho Cucamonga developer that were dropped by a San Bernardino Superior Court judge last year.

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Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane; businessman Jeff Burum and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, left to right, stand before Judge Brian McCarville in August, 2011 (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

Published: 31 October 2012 – 04:41 PM

A long-awaited appellate court decision has been reached in the so-called Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino County. In the mixed ruling issued Wednesday, Oct. 31, it appeared the defendants largely prevailed in efforts to sustain a judge’s dismissal of some charges against them.

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

The Sun: Appellate court panel hears arguments in Colonies corruption case

Colonies case defendants Mark Kirk, Paul Biane, Jeff Burum, and Jim Erwin, appear in San Bernardino Superior Court on August 19, 2011. (File Photo)

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/02/2012 11:12:45 AM PDT

Related stories: Appellate Court sets date for oral arguments in Colonies case | Appellate court reaches tentative decision in Colonies case | State appeals court court could have major impact on Colonies case | Judge dismisses most felony counts against Burum; all four Colonies defendants enter not guilty pleas

The final decision by the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside will determine the trajectory of the criminal case in the county being tried by the state Attorney General and District Attorney’s offices. The case has been suspended for the last year awaiting the appellate court’s ruling.

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From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt. former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane in a San Bernardino County Superior Court appearance in June 2011.(David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise)

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Published: 02 October 2012 04:18 PM
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A panel of state appeals court judges debated a San Bernardino County corruption case Tuesday, Oct. 2, giving attorneys a chance to make their final arguments before the court issues a decision that will likely determine how the case proceeds.

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

The Sun: Appellate Court sets date for oral arguments in Colonies case

By Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/30/2012 12:41:30 PM PDT

The state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside has set a date to hear oral arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys in a far-reaching bribery and conspiracy case in San Bernardino County.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Thursday, August 30, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s news of interest flowing across the transom this morning.

New unemployment claims remain elevated

First-time claims for unemployment benefits remained at elevated levels last week.

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The Sun: Appellate Court reaches tentative decision in Colonies case

By Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 08/24/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT

The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside has issued a tentative decision on appeals brought by prosecutors and defense attorneys in a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case involving a legal settlement with a land developer.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Rebels make gains, but California’s judicial war still rages

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By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

For years, hundreds of Superior Court judges have waged a political rebellion against what they considered to be an oppressive and bloated state judicial bureaucracy based in San Francisco.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown’s ballot manipulation is sleazy politics

Governor Jerry Brown prepares to sign copies of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights on July 11 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / July 15, 2012)

 

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By George Skelton Capitol Journal
July 15, 2012, 9:13 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — This wasn’t the deal. Californians thought they were only allowing the Legislature to pass a budget on a majority vote. They wanted to unclog the capitol.

They didn’t intend it as a license for Gov. Jerry Brown to rig the election ballot to benefit his tax-increase proposal.

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LATimes: Court asks state official why she put Brown’s tax item atop ballot

A judge tells Secretary of State Debra Bowen to explain her actions in writing by July 30 or undo the ballot order she set Monday.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2012

SACRAMENTO — A state appellate court has asked Secretary of State Debra Bowen to explain why she allowed Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative to be placed above all other propositions on the November ballot.

Judge Vance W. Raye gave Bowen until July 30 to explain her actions to the court in writing or undo the ballot order she set Monday for the 11 measures. Brown’s tax proposal, Proposition 30, was placed first among all initiatives.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.

The California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, on Tuesday, upheld a superior court ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by San Bernardino County against the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA).

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LATimes: Key provisions of the state budget agreement

 

Spending on welfare, child care, home care, Medi-Cal, prisons, courts and state employees would be reduced. For now, education is relatively untouched.

June 21, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers announced Thursday that they had reached a deal on state spending. Here are some key elements of the budget agreement:

Social services

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The Recorder: Judges Criticize Court Bureaucracy in Blistering Report

By Cheryl Miller
The Recorder
May 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO – In a blistering indictment of the state’s judicial administration, a long-awaited report released Friday night concluded that the Administrative Office of the Courts is over-staffed, dysfunctional and less than forthcoming about sensitive issues.

The Strategic Evaluation Committee, comprised almost entirely of judges, said the AOC has “lost its focus” on serving the trial courts and assumed a more dominant, controlling role in its relationship with California’s 58 superior courts. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye created the committee in March 2011 in response to concerns the AOC had grown too large despite an era of lean budgets.

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Monica Rodriquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2012 02:05:58 PM PDT

Numerous state and local government agencies are preparing for the possibility of profound budget cuts, and California’s court system is no different.

Courts up and down the state are preparing for $544 million in cuts from the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body of the California courts.

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SJMercuryNews: California judges must post financial info online

By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/18/2012 05:41:38 AM PDT
Updated: 05/18/2012 05:42:00 AM PDT

California’s judges will now have to post all their financial disclosure information in cyberspace.

In a unanimous decision, the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a rule that requires California’s more than 1,700 judges to post their disclosure forms on the Internet, despite objections from judicial leaders that it could jeopardize their privacy and security.

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LATimes: California budget cuts: ‘All courts are going to feel the pain’

L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
May 14, 2012 | 1:29 pm

State judicial leaders warned Monday that the proposed cuts for the California courts may jeopardize public access to the justice system.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 14, 2012

The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeals today to remove from the November ballot a proposal to abolish the death penalty in California, arguing it violates the state’s “single-subject rule” for initiatives.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California judges’ war heading into a new phase

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A professional-quality video clip that popped up on YouTube depicts physical deficiencies in California courtrooms and makes the case for building new courthouses and rehabbing old ones.

The video, containing scene after scene of overcrowded courtrooms, mouse traps and water damage, was produced for the Judicial Council, the San Francisco-based policymaking body for California’s court system.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Legislature has a bad habit of making sweeping decisions in the moment without giving much thought to their long-term consequences.

The syndrome’s most striking example was an immense overhaul in 1996 of the state’s electric power system, misnamed “deregulation,” based on blithe, untested assertions that it would lower power bills.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: Court rulings leave both sides uncertain of clinic bans

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 15 April 2012 02:18 PM

Advocates and opponents of California’s medical marijuana clinics are in a legal no-man’s land after a flurry of appellate court decisions that contradict each other on whether local governments can ban the dispensaries.

The decisions also conflict on how the clinics can supply themselves with marijuana.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County loses appeal of case it brought against union

Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 11:50 a.m.

Over a year ago San Bernardino County sued the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association over the union using Deputy District Attorneys to represent Deputy Public Defenders in low level grievance and disciplinary matters.

A practice former Public Defender Doreen Boxer didn’t care for.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012 – 9:40 am

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who has feuded openly for months with state lawmakers and dissident judges over a bid to weaken her administrative power, appealed to the Legislature on Monday to spare the judiciary from further budget cuts.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/05/2012 02:28:28 PM PST

The latest development in the fight over medical marijuana could sharply limit cities’ power to prohibit marijuana dispensaries.

A recent opinion, from the division of the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeals that meets in Santa Ana, holds that since California law provides for dispensaries, cities cannot ban them by declaring them to be a public nuisance.

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LATimes: Dispensaries can’t be banned, but must grow pot on site

A Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana voids Lake Forest’s zoning ban on clinics, but rules that they can only sell marijuana they grow, a regulation that would force most to close.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012, 7:48 p.m.

California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s red light cameras in jeopardy

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By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The battle over the cameras that many California cities and counties use to nab motorists who blow through red lights or – more commonly – make rolling stops for right turns has raged in the Capitol for several years without resolution.

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The Sun: State appeals court court could have major impact on Colonies case

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/16/2012 04:26:55 PM PST

The trajectory of a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case hinges on how a state appellate court rules.

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SacBee: California Supreme Court’s chief justice blasts budget politics

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakayue

By Dan Smith
smith@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 – 9:27 am

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has assailed the Assembly for passing a bill that would strip power from the Judicial Council she controls, prompting opponents to suggest her tone is inappropriate for the state’s top judge.

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LATimes: California’s chief justice loses round over Judicial Council power

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On politics in the Golden State
January 30, 2012 | 3:31 pm

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lost a round over Judicial Council power

The state’s top judge lost a political battle Monday when the state Assembly voted to shift key budget decisions from the state Judicial Council that she heads to local trial courts, some of which have complained about the panel’s handling of money.

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OaklandTrib: Showdown over California courts coming to a head

By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 01/30/2012 06:56:26 AM PST
Updated: 01/30/2012 07:31:17 AM PST

With a crucial vote looming Monday, a conflict that has shaken California’s judiciary reaches a critical stage when the Assembly considers legislation that would strip control of most of the court system’s purse strings from a central bureaucracy and turn it over to the Legislature and local trial judges.

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SacBee: Tani Cantil-Sakauye pleads her case, fights Calderon bill

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

January 26, 2012

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye today urged the defeat of Assembly legislation that would undermine the authority of the Judicial Council, and give courts in as few as two counties authority to veto any statewide judicial project.

Cantil-Sakauye, who became chief justice in 2010, is showing herself to be a tough fighter as she lobbies to kill legislation by Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, himself the consummate inside player.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California judges resume war over money and power

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As the Legislature reconvened this month, California’s judges resumed their civil war over money and power.

It pits Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the State Judicial Council, along with one faction of trial and appellate judges, against a rebellious faction, organized as the Alliance of California Judges, over how to allocate pain as the courts adjust to reduced financing.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

The attempt by the City of Upland to shutter a medical marijuana co-op fell flat last week.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Colonies appeal under review

From left, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, developer Jeff Burum, former assistant assessor Jim Erwin, and former supervisor Paul Biane, at an August court appearance.(STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 31 December 2011 05:39 PM

A panel of California appellate judges could soon be deciding how, and possibly if, the Colonies corruption case will proceed to trial.

The Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside is considering an appeal filed by the San Bernardino County district attorney and state attorney general offices seeking to restore charges that were dismissed in August against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

The court completed briefings from prosecutors and defense attorneys on the appeal last month and also agreed to consider writs of mandate filed by the defense seeking to have more charges dismissed against the four. A decision is expected in the next few months.

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InlandPolitics: Appellate Court takes up Colonies matter

Friday, December 9, 2011 – 04:30 p.m.

The California Court of Appeal has now entered the fray on the Colonies case.

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The Recorder: Brown moving slowly on judicial picks

Cheryl Miller
The Recorder

December 5, 2011

SACRAMENTO — With 2011 nearing a close, California lawyers must be wondering which will arrive first: Gov. Jerry Brown’s first trial court appointments or Santa Claus.

Nearly a full year into his administration, Brown has named just one jurist — albeit a very high-profile one — to the bench: Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu. Meanwhile, vacancies in the superior and appellate courts have gone unfilled and totaled 62 at the end of October, the latest figure available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The vacancy rate is nearing a two-year high.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Pot dispensary owner says he’ll fight

Aaron Sandusky, 41, says he turned to medical marijuana after painful gout left him with an addiction to pain killers. His three Inland marijuana dispensaries are closed and he wants his case to go to the Supreme Court/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

BY LAURIE LUCAS
STAFF WRITER
llucas@pe.com

Published: 27 November 2011 06:28 PM

Aaron Sandusky is bloodied but unbowed.

For several years he owned G3 Holistics Inc., a not-for-profit company that ran three Inland medical marijuana dispensaries.

Earlier this month, federal agents raided facilities in Colton, Upland and Moreno Valley, which are now bare and shuttered, and cleaned out his 40,000-square-pot growing warehouse in Ontario.

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The PE: INLAND: Fast action on medical marijuana court ruling

An appellate court upholds local government bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. City officials hope to shut remaining storefronts quickly.

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY, ALICIA ROBINSON
AND SANDRA STOKLEYSTAFF WRITERS
rdeatley@pe.com | arobinson@pe.com sstokley@pe.com
Published: 11 November 2011 05:45 PM

Inland cities and counties that have banned medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to act quickly to close down the operations now that a court ruling has upheld the prohibitions.

Attorneys for the dispensaries vowed to appeal and warned that the legal fight is far from over.

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LATimes: California court rules cities, counties can ban pot stores

The decision by a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds Riverside’s ban. It could embolden more cities and counties to enact their own bans.

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
November 11, 2011

In a decision that could have immediate fallout for medical marijuana dispensaries, a state appeals court has ruled that California law allows cities and counties to ban the stores.

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DailyBulletin: Upland wins decision against G3 in Riverside appeal case

Wes Woods II and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Created: 11/09/2011 06:58:49 PM PST

RIVERSIDE – The banning of the G3 Holistic marijuana collective by Upland and other cities was upheld by an appellate court Wednesday. A judgment from the Fourth District Court of Appeals determined that Upland’s banning of the collective did not contradict Proposition 215, the 1996 law that approved medical marijuana in the state, nor Senate Bill 420, which details the amount of marijuana a person can possess for medical purposes.

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Miranda Oley, 20, of Riverside protest on the corner of Twelfth Street in support of patients medical marijuana Wednesday November 2, 2011 in front of the Fourth District Courthouse in Riverside. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By Wes Woods II, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 11/02/2011 02:55:01 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE – The 4th District Court of Appeal has 90 days to render a decision in a case involving the city of Upland’s ban of a medical marijuana dispensary operated by G3 Holistics.

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