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DailyBulletin: Upland council pays back debts with surplus revenue

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/14, 1:00 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> The city was left with a $6.3 million surplus after positive revenue gains and winnings from two legal settlements in the last fiscal year.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Tax reform a better option, but Prop. 2 is only game in town

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 – 8:07 pm

The Capitol’s politicians have known for years – and should have known for decades – that the state budget’s ever-increasing dependence on personal income taxes, especially those from high-income taxpayers, posed a big problem.

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The PE: POLITICS: Roth seeks override on veto of vehicle fee measure

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Special legislative session would be required to overturn Gov. Brown’s rejection of funding for Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

Published: Oct. 6, 2014 Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Possibly reviving four Inland cities’ hopes for financial stability, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is seeking to reverse the veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fees to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/06/14, 8:36 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis broke a tie late Monday to impose new terms and conditions of employment on the city’s firefighters.

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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: Agreement between San Bernardino and police union breaks down

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/01/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A tentative agreement between the city and the police union that both sides trumpeted months ago has broken down, union president Steve Turner said Wednesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Angry officials see politics in governor’s veto

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A veto is the latest setback in the effort to restore millions in lost vehicle-license fees to new cities; an override of the veto seem unlikely.

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to restore up to $19 million to four fledgling Riverside County cities has some Inland officials questioning if politics played a role in the decision that could lead Jurupa Valley to dissolve.

To read story by Jeff Horseman, Sandra Stokley and Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SACRAMENTO: Governor vetoes bill to restore new cities’ funding

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Eastvale, Menifee, Wildomar and especially Jurupa Valley have struggled since vehicle license fee revenue was diverted in 2011

Published: Sept. 28, 2014 Updated: 11:44 p.m.

Jurupa Valley’s hopes of getting a budget boost from the state were dashed Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restored funding diverted in 2011 from the state’s four newest cities, all of which are in Riverside County.

To read story by Nikie Johnson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014 – 10:30 am

LOS ANGELES — California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

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Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

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

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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 Hill: House approves $1T spending bill

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By Rebecca Shabad – 09/17/14 05:35 PM EDT

The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11.

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SacBee (AP): S&P: California recovers growth with tax increases

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By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014 – 9:01 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Taxes on rich closed the state budget deficit

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:18 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:33 pm

As Jerry Brown seeks his fourth term as governor this year, he’s crowing about balancing the state budget after years of deficits that piled up a “wall of debt.”

Certainly Brown deserves some of the credit.

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

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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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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/11/14, 4:41 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA >> The city has reached an agreement with its managers and supervisors.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund underperforms

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The pension fund for San Bernardino County employees exceeded its assumed rate of return of 7.75% for the 2013-14 fiscal year, but that’s about it.

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 11:18 a.m.

After several years of deficits and financial struggles, Riverside County Regional Medical Center should have a balanced budget this fiscal year, the county-run hospital’s interim CEO said Tuesday.

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

LATimes: Pension ‘spiking’ to cost CalPERS nearly $800 million, controller says

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By Marc Lifsher
September 9, 2014

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

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Politico: House GOP offers stopgap funding

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By DAVID ROGERS | 9/9/14 8:38 PM EDT Updated: 9/9/14 9:12 PM EDT

House Republicans rolled out a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 but also reshaping the budget landscape in a manner that tilts toward the GOP if it should win control of the Senate in November.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS debt report drops from $167B to $59.5B

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 8, 2014

CalSTRS was bracing to report the nation’s biggest pension debt under new government accounting rules that take effect this fiscal year — $167 billion, an amount so huge some thought it might increase the cost of issuing local school bonds.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

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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

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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.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 2, 2014

A small but affluent Orange County city, with a current staff of only a half dozen employees, would have to pay about $3.6 million to leave CalPERS, the giant state pension system estimated two years ago.

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Money

Published: Aug. 21, 2014 – Updated: 1:22 p.m.

California’s Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would restore vehicle license fee revenue to four fledgling cities in Riverside County.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Upland: Poll: Upland residents won’t support tax increase

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/21/14, 9:02 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents would not support tax measures on the November ballot, according to a recent city poll.

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The Sun: San Bernardino taking on more of its waste-collection services

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/19/14, 10:44 PM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city is expected to expand its waste-hauling service and gain new revenue with the expiration of franchise agreements for two long-standing companies working here.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 11:10 am

A divided CalPERS board approved a regulation Wednesday that will allow nearly 100 different types of supplemental pay to count toward pension calculations for state and local government employees.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.

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VVDailyPress: Study: JPA a complicated undertaking

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Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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SacBee: Water bond headed to voters

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 – 9:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 12:15 am

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: New water bond may be close, but it’s not fully cooked yet

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Los Angeles County’s five supervisors took a step Tuesday — over the objections of labor groups — toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts.

By Abby Sewell
August 12, 2014

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By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/12/14, 6:31 PM PDT |

The city reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Police Protective League over a portion of its new proposed contract that deals with the 1,000 officers hired over the past three years who were paid less than their counterparts.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino unions waste little time

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

Last week the San Bernardino, California City Council, on a split 4-3 vote, agreed to place a charter reform measure on the November ballot. A measure aimed directly at its public safety employees.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/14, 7:57 PM PDT | Updated: 53 secs ago

Top San Bernardino city officials and some of the city’s creditors met with a court-appointed federal mediator in Reno, Nev., all day Monday with discussions continuing into the evening.

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SacBee: California state revenue beats expectations in July

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 10:10 am

California’s improving budget outlook has continued into the new fiscal year, with revenue last month beating estimates by about $232 million, or 4.5 percent, the state controller said Monday.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Only in backwards and bankrupt San Bernardino can this type of politics continue unabated.

Once again the city council, under new Mayor Carey Davis, is split down a 4-3 divide. A decades-long problem affecting the beleaguered city’s government.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Politicians often ignore California’s aging infrastructure

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:55 pm

The Sacramento Suburban Water District, which supplies water to some older neighborhoods outside the city, is engaged in a decades-long project to replace its aged, undersized water mains and install meters as required by a new state law.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council votes to put two charter changes to the voters

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/07/14, 8:56 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Voters in November will get to determine how police and firefighter salaries are determined after the City Council on Thursday night approved a ballot measure proposing to repeal a longstanding formula used for determining those wages.

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CabinetReport: LAO review reveals more good budget news

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August 07, 2014
by Tom Chorneau

(Calif.) With the dust settling on this summer’s budget agreement and work complete on related trailer bills, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst issued this week its most thorough review to date on exactly what was done.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top elected officials getting raises

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Supervisors also vote to keep linking their pay to what state’s judges make.

Published: Aug. 5, 2014 Updated: 8:49 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday approved raises for elected officials who head some county departments after tweaking pay hikes suggested by the county’s human resources department.

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

SacBee: Dan Walters: Drought ramps up pressure on Legislature to write water bond

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 – 10:19 pm

The water squeeze is on. A few sprinkles fell on the Capitol Monday as the Legislature reconvened, but they didn’t relieve either a severe drought or pressure on members to respond.

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The Sun: San Bernardino to consider outsourcing Fire Department

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:19 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Manager Allen Parker will ask the City Council today for permission to request proposals from outside fire departments that may be able to provide the city fire services for less money.

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The city currently has a $2.6 million deficit and is asking voters to approve a 7.95 percent utility-user tax in November to help alleviate the debt.

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 3, 2014 @ 1:54 pm
Updated Aug 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto’s recent financial woes, which are pushing city officials toward a bankruptcy filing, have led many residents to question what’s next for the small High Desert city.

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OCRegister: Public pensions: Good news, bad news

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Annual returns are looking good for many funds, but they are still in a big hole when it comes to being able to meet obligations.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Aug. 3, 2014 Updated: 6:20 p.m.

Public investment types may be rubbing their hands together muttering, “money, money, money,” after stellar returns over the past year, but some have a lot more to crow about than others.

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The PE: Top Riverside County officials could get big raises

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Five elected leaders could get pay hikes approaching 25 percent. A separate item would tie supervisors’ salaries to judges’ earnings.

Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: 9:53 p.m.

Riverside County’s sheriff, district attorney and other elected officials who earn six-figure salaries would get raises approaching 25 percent under a proposal before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Top 25 highest-paid executives

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Saturday, August 2, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

Here’s the Top 25 highest paid public employees in San Bernardino County government, according to 2013 compensation figures provided by the searchable database at website TransparentCalifornia.com

The totals include all costs related to the positions, including inusrance, pension contributions, allowances, etc. For hourly-wage employees further down in the database, overtime is included.

So much for tightening those purse strings!

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The PE: San Bernardino’s bankruptcy reaches two-year mark, quietly

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 7:15 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> At a certain age, people stop talking about birthdays, and so it is with the quiet second anniversary of the city’s filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Tax Reform

Published: July 31, 2014 Updated: 1:03 p.m.

Coachella could become the third Riverside County city to raise its sales tax rate above 8 percent if residents approve a ballot measure in November.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Allen Young, Staff Writer
Jul 31, 2014, 2:46pm PDT – Updated: Jul 31, 2014, 3:04pm PDT

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said Thursday he predicted an inevitable political push to extend the 2012 tax hike known as Proposition 30, but he expects the measure will return to voters before it expires in two years.

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Calpensions: Detroit-style pension cuts: could it happen here?

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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By Stephen Ceasar
July 27, 2014

Last year, James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077. Jonathan Eagan, the principal of a junior high school in the Bay Area city of Martinez made $279,669.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto citizens critical of utility tax

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City manager hopes residents will consider the option

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 26, 2014 @ 6:09 pm
Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

ADELANTO — Several Adelanto citizens said this week that they would vote against a proposed utility-user tax that would allow the nearly bankrupt city to avoid an impending Chapter 9 filing.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-Montclair schools superintendent James Hammond made $492K

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/25/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

The superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District is one of the most highly compensated superintendents in the state of California, according to data on public schools salaries published this week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Governor could take up bill to restore cities’ funds

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But it could still be a struggle to get Gov. Jerry Brown to provide millions of dollars to four cities hammered by the 2011 loss of fee revenue.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 9:18 a.m.

A bill giving millions of dollars to four fledgling Riverside County cities appears headed for the governor’s desk, but there’s no guarantee it will be signed, the county’s lobbyist told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

LATimes: Los Angeles police officers vote to reject proposed contract extension

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The Los Angeles police officers union has rejected a proposed one-year contract extension agreement reached with city negotiators and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

Signaling frustration over issues surrounding pay and discipline, Los Angeles police officers rejected a proposed one-year contract extension reached with Mayor Eric Garcetti and city negotiators.

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The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—the Critics’ Case

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The Louisiana Purchase, most fortunate land deal in American history, was to Thomas Jefferson’s critics a case of unconstitutional overreach. ( St. Louis Public Library )

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let’s hear what they say.

James Fallows
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET

Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.

In retrospect, both the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the Alaska Purchase of 1867 look like Heaven-sent, near-theft, no-brainer, “where would we possibly be without them?” steps in the development of American scale and might. But each met bitter opposition in its time.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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SacBee: California general fund ends fiscal year in black

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014 – 4:00 pm

In the latest sign of California’s improving budget outlook, the state general fund ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time since June 2007, according to the state controller’s monthly cash report.

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/07/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

COLTON >> An investigation related to the city’s top manager comes at one of the worst times for Colton — budget season.

The situation has prompted a 60-day delay until the police chief, who has been tasked as interim city manager in Stephen Compton’s absence, guides departments, many without directors, into a fiscal plan to keep the city running.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire Department prepares for cuts

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:04 PM PDT | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fire Engine 230 roared toward a woman who’d overdosed, keeping lights and sirens on without a chance to return to the station from the crew’s last call.

It was the seventh call for service Thursday for the station at Mill Street and Arrowhead Avenue, with more to come, after a night that included extricating people from a truck after a major crash on the 215 Freeway and a garage fire complicated by power that was re-routed because the house had been turned into a marijuana grow.

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Lobbying

By Ben Baeder, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 07/06/14, 6:03 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

At an increasing pace, your local government is spending your tax money paying lobbyists to get some more of your own tax money sent back to your community.

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Calpensions: Brown pension reform still has missing pieces

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 7, 2014

A bill that started out as Gov. Brown’s proposal to restructure the CalPERS board emerged from the Legislature last week as a more modest change: a requirement that CalPERS board members receive 24 hours of education in pension fund operations.

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OCRegister: O.C. Grand jury finds $3.3 billion retirement hole

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Solutions to filling the void in pension-benefit funding often pit unions against city officials.

By TERI SFORZA / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: July 6, 2014 8:45 a.m.

So let’s start with the bracing news: Orange County cities have promised their workers more than $3.3 billion in retirement benefits that they do not have.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/14, 8:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some City Council members are calling for a review of City Manager Allen Parker after he and the finance director were absent during the city’s final budget hearing, leaving them to pass the cuts-filled spending plan with some questions unanswered.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 30 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city passed its budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday night, three hours before the year began.

The 5-2 vote — Councilmen John Valdivia and Benito Barrios opposing — came after warnings on one hand of disastrous effects in bankruptcy court if a full budget wasn’t passed by that deadline, and on the other of dire threats to the city from cuts contained in the budget.

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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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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

Who sees to it that California’s 6 million K-12 students receive solid educations?

Who ensures that California has an adequate supply of reasonably priced electric power?

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Chris Megerian
June 28, 2014

When fifth-grade teacher Maggie Ellis receives her next paycheck at the end of the month, it will be a bit lighter. That’s because she’ll be contributing more money to the teacher pension fund, a small part of a sweeping, long-term plan to repair one of the state’s most difficult financial problems.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council passes budget for 2014-2015

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/14, 10:21 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> The City Council passed a nearly $470.25 million budget for 2014-15, an increase of $7.74 million over the current fiscal year, at a special meeting on Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jun. 26, 2014 @ 7:31 pm
Updated Jun 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto city officials said dramatic cuts to its general fund mean its $2.61 million deficit will merely increase by $22,000 in 2014-15. However, that still might not be enough to stave off a bankruptcy filing, the city manager said Thursday.

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

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The latest on California politics and government
June 25, 2014

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

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs teacher pension fund bill

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

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to begin paying down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, acting on the last of a raft of budget-related bills ahead of the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County gets last laugh in union deal

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Monday, June 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County government for pulling off a masterful victory over its largest union last week.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

Bankrupt San Bernardino announced an agreement with CalPERS last week to pay off an unprecedented pension debt owed for skipping payments to the pension fund for a year — $13.5 million, plus several million more in penalties and interest.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison reforms haven’t lived up to his billing

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Paige St. John
June 21, 2014

Nearly 15 months after launching what he called the “boldest move in criminal justice in decades,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared victory over a prison crisis that had appalled federal judges and stumped governors for two decades.

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SacBee: Pay panel gives California officials 2 percent raise

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The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown, California lawmakers and other elected officials will be getting a two percent raise this year.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs $156.3 billion state budget

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

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

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The Sun: Bankruptcy court: San Bernardino close to deal with police

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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SacBee: CalPERS has interim agreement in San Bernardino bankruptcy case

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By Dale Kasler
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Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

CalPERS and bankrupt San Bernardino have reached an “interim agreement” that could head off a major legal battle over bankruptcy debts and the ironclad status of public pensions, the city reported.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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