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Calpensions: New rules try to spotlight hidden retirement debt

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
June 29, 2015

An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland fails to approve budget on time

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/26/15 – 1:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> For the second time in three years, the City Council will not pass its budget on time. The delay comes as city leaders have questions remaining about the proposed staffing additions.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Governor has two big wishes

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants two big water tunnels
  • He also wants north-south bullet train
  • Both projects face bumpy roads

Jerry Brown has a vision, or a hope, or perhaps just a fingers-crossed wish.

It is that when he finally departs from the governorship in January 2019, construction will be unstoppably underway on two immense public works projects.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario approves $491.95 million budget

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/24/15 – 7:57 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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California Money

By Chris Megerian
June 24, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new $167.6-billion budget Wednesday that expands child care, boosts funding for public schools and opens the state’s public healthcare program to children in the country illegally, but leaves some key issues unresolved.

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The Sun: San Bernardino passes unanimous budget

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 5:19 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The bankrupt city with a reputation for lengthy, contentious decision-making unanimously approved a budget for the coming fiscal year after less than three hours of discussion, a smoother procedure than most cities without its financial challenges.

And then there was applause.

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The Sun: No help from Sacramento for San Bernardino

No

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/23/15 – 6:01 PM PDT |

  • Jerry Brown: California’s governor has turned down San Bernadino’s request for help.

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gov. Jerry Brown has given his response to the optimistic request for help on six different fronts that Mayor Carey Davis and his allies made in a trip to Sacramento.

The answer is no.

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Money

Capitol Alert
June 22, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

  • Senate officials say extra money helps solve upper house’s budget problems
  • Assembly’s increase is the largest since before recession

California’s legislative branch will be among the beneficiaries of the $115.4 billion general fund spending plan on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, with both houses receiving funding increases nearly 10 times last year’s rate.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou is joined Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun joins the show. San Bernardino passed its city budget last night in very uncontroversial fashion, a welcomed change for the city. Also, what does the lake fire mean for the coming fire season?

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: June 19, 2015 – 3:51 p.m.

With public-safety-spending absorbing an ever-growing piece of Riverside County’s budget pie, supervisors want a closer look at how the sheriff and district attorney spend taxpayer dollars.

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

State Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 19, 2015

Three days after Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached agreement on a $115.4 billion general fund state spending plan, lawmakers in both houses on Friday ratified the deal.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Our roads are just shameful

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 18, 2015

  • Gov. Jerry Brown calls for new roadway financing
  • Californians already pay very high gas taxes
  • Would be it more gas tax or another levy?

There was a time when California was teaching the world how to build first-class highway systems.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan criticized in court

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/17/15 – 11:24 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The attorney representing bondholders who’ve invested about $50 million in San Bernardino came out swinging Wednesday in the first bankruptcy hearing since the city filed a bankruptcy exit plan that would pay bondholders only 1 percent of that.

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Daily Press: City council approves balanced budget

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 18, 2015 at 12:01 AM

HESPERIA — During a lengthy meeting, the city council passed its new fiscal year budget without raising fees or taxes.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his revised state budget plan during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento last month. On Tuesday, Brown and top Democratic lawmakers struck a deal on the budget. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
June 17, 2015

Immigrant children who are in the country illegally would receive public healthcare coverage in California under a budget deal announced Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.

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The Sun: San Bernardino streets to stay unswept for now

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/15 – 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> It’s better to have dirty streets for a few more weeks than to rush into a six-figure contract, the City Council decided this week after an hours-long discussion several of the council members described as “dysfunctional.”

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

By Judy Lin
Associated Press
Jun 16, 2016 – 8:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 16, 2015

  • Obamacare enrollees have difficulty finding providers
  • Legislative budget raised reimbursement rates in California
  • Spending deal axes rate increases, leaving issue in air

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether residents of states that refused to implement Obamacare are entitled to federal insurance subsidies.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Department heads seek additional funding during budget workshop, saying money is desperately needed.

Published: June 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Even though Riverside County’s revenues are projected to grow, it’s not enough to pay for major new spending obligations.

For years, many county departments have absorbed higher labor costs with no additional funds from the county budget. The district attorney and animal services chief said their departments are at the breaking point.

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

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Vote meets deadline, ensuring lawmakers continue to be paid
  • Spending plan comes despite ongoing negotiations with governor
  • Republican lawmaker: ‘It’s the legislative paycheck protection act’

The budget California state lawmakers passed Monday did not reflect a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and, for that reason, has almost no hope of being enacted.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. is joined by, from left to right, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as they head to a press conference at the state Capitol. | Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Budget passage meets constitutional deadline
  • Actions set stage for negotiations with Gov. Brown
  • Legislature’s leaders can blame governor for blocking their programs

Some years ago, a state senator publicly accused a colleague of uttering “mindless blather.”

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Riverside-County-Seal

Supervisors are being asked to approve a budget for the project, including a huge construction contract.

Published: June 12, 2015
Updated: June 14, 2015 – 10:23 p.m.

After years of planning, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, May 16, are poised to sign off on a $330.35 million plan to add more than 1,200 beds to the county’s chronically crowded jail system.

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

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Chris Megerian
June 14, 2015

The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California’s economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years.

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SBCO

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, San Bernardino County Supervisors, under agenda item 95, will consider approval of a record $4.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Updated 3:08 pm

“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.

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The Sacamento Bee: Opinion: A big debt omitted from ‘wall’

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 11, 2015

  • Jerry Brown has reduced ‘wall of debt’
  • He excluded $10 billion owed to feds
  • Ignoring it could create big problem

Three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown added “wall of debt” to the political lexicon.

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city-of-riverside-seal

Internal audit showed $19.4 million spent over five years, sometimes without contracts or documents explaining why outside attorneys were needed.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:36 p.m.

An audit that showed Riverside officials spent nearly $20 million in five years to hire outside lawyers may have raised as many questions as it answered.

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

California Roads

Efforts to chip away at the estimated $59 billion in upgrades needed for California highways and bridges would become more difficult if the state faces new shortfalls. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

Even as California’s leaders prepare a new state budget that is flush with cash, Gov. Jerry Brown has increasingly raised the specter of another recession that could undo years of hard-won financial progress.

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The Sacrament Bee: California budgets include fewer gimmicks but risks remain

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Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
June 8, 2015

California’s finances have mostly moved beyond the fund shifts, deferrals, borrowing and other budgeting maneuvers that became common during past fiscal downturns, according to a new study of budget transparency by an organization led by former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, which warns that the “state’s fiscal culture” could revert if revenue falls.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: A shortage of teachers hits home

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 7, 2015

  • California schools enjoy bounty of new money
  • It’s supposed to be spent on ‘high-needs’ students
  • Teacher unions, districts want money for salaries

As a severe recession gripped California a half-decade ago, the state budget took a beating and it hit education hard.

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National Journal: The Next Budget Conflict Has Begun

National Journal

The dispute over defense vs. domestic funds means spending bills will pile up until September. What happens then?

By Fawn Johnson
June 7, 2015

The message from Senate Democrats this week will go like this: Serious talks should begin now on avoiding a government shutdown. Why force us to carry out our threat of blocking all spending bills until we hit September, the last few days of the fiscal year, to come up with a panicked back-against-the-wall solution? We all know that’s where we’re heading.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: City to spend more in 2015-16 budget

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City Manager John Russo says healing economy has brought city more revenue, which allows some hiring.

Published: June 5, 2015
Updated: June 6, 2015 – 7:47 p.m.

Riverside’s budget will grow in fiscal 2016 and officials will hire staff in the planning department, but an even more significant change to the city’s finances is yet to come.

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

The Sun: Redlands City Council OKs budget for 2015-16

Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/06/15 – 6:48 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> The city’s budget for next fiscal year has been approved and includes funding for several additional employees.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
June 6, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

  • Unemployment drops, state revenue soars
  • But California’s recovery is not even
  • Gov. Jerry Brown worries about another recession

California’s economy is recovering from its worst recession since the Great Depression – more or less.

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Daily Press: Hesperia facing firefighter cuts

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 6, 2015 at 5:36 AM

HESPERIA — With grant money running out, the city is facing the possibility of losing nine firefighters while adding ambulance personnel as it works on its 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

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Daily Press: Budget talks stall amid pension concerns

Victorville

Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox called Tuesday for city officials to first iron out details of the city’s $199 million spending plan June 9 before voting to approve the budget.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council this week extended budget talks to June 9 after Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox suggested officials iron out details of a draft $199 million spending plan, including concerns raised by employees over changes to benefits.

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Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown has faced criticism he’s not doing enough for California’s poor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Rina Palta
June 04, 05:47 PM

As legislative deadlines near, a handfuls of bills aimed at aiding the poor are advancing through the state legislature this week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, state officials lobby Gov. Jerry Brown for help

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis and Councilwoman Virginia Marquez joined with legislative allies in Sacramento Tuesday to lobby Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for his help.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/01/15 – 8:21 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city could find itself in a deficit by 2017 — driven mainly by increasing pension costs — if it doesn’t take corrective action soon.

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Calpensions: CalPERS looks at long-term rate hike to cut risk

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By Ed Mendel
June 1, 2015

CalPERS is considering small increases in employer and employee rates over decades to reduce the risk of big investment losses, a policy that also would lower an earnings forecast critics say is too optimistic.

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The Sun: Yucaipa expects revenues to exceed expenditures next fiscal year

Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/30/15 – 9:10 PM PDT |

The Yucaipa City Council reviewed the city’s draft budget for fiscal year 2015-16, which again anticipates revenues will exceed expenditures.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 30, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants California to give working poor ‘earned income tax credit’
  • Governor insists it’s not ‘entitlement’
  • It’s likely to become one, however

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed an “earned income tax credit” for California’s working poor.

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U-T San Diego: Report: Officials masked big pension hike

Pensions

Pension debts are sky-high, but little interest at the Capitol

By Steven Greenhut
May 27, 2015 – 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true,” wrote the 19th century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It must be an enduring trait of mankind and especially of politicians, who often fool themselves (and the public) about major problems.

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California Capitol

By Jessica Calefati, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 05/26/15 – 9:04 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO ­>> With less than a month to go until the deadline to pass a new state budget, Democratic legislative leaders on Tuesday released dueling spending plans that are oddly far apart on key issues such as child care and higher education.

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Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Misdirection on California budget bills is disgraceful

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2015

  • State budget is entering its final phase
  • As issues are ironed out, ‘trailer bills’ are written
  • But trailers are misused for non-budget issues

The annual state budget cycle is approaching the latter stages, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators chew through their remaining differences and, presumably, reach agreement.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has opposed an extension of Proposition 30, the 2012 measure that temporarily increased the sales tax by a quarter-cent and raised levies on high earners. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Chris Megerian
May 25, 2015

When it comes to California’s roller-coaster finances, Gov. Jerry Brown has bent lawmakers and voters to his will, rejecting new spending programs, passing a temporary tax hike and strengthening the state’s rainy-day fund.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 26, 2015

A San Bernardino plan to exit bankruptcy follows the path of the Vallejo and Stockton exit plans, cutting bond debt and retiree health care but not pensions. Then it veers off in a new direction: contracting for fire, waste management and other services.

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Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff, Staff Columnist
Published: May 24, 2015 – Updated: 8:29 p.m.

The statistics rattled off by San Bernardino’s bankruptcy experts last week were startling:

San Bernardino is the poorest large city in California, and the second poorest in the nation, after Detroit.

To read entire column, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: California’s sales tax is obsolete, needs to be fixed

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 23, 2015

  • Sales tax used to be state’s top revenue source
  • Income taxes now dominate revenue flow
  • Should sales taxes be extended to services?

During the first year of Jerry Brown’s first governorship, 40 years ago, the state collected $9 billion in general fund revenues and the sales tax was the biggest source at $3.7 billion.

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IE Business Daily: San Bernardino: Meet Robocop

IE Business Daily

IE Business Daily
May 23, 2015

In 1987 Orion Pictures released a futuristic science fiction film called “Robocop” about a dirt poor city, Detroit, that had contracted public safety services to a large, privately owned corporation.

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The Sun: San Bernardino could privatize fire services

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/20/15 – 7:53 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city might become the first in the state to rely on a for-profit firm for firefighting and emergency medical services, but to do so it will have to overcome opposition that’s already mounting up and down the state.

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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County to develop ‘Countywide Plan’

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…..$5,000,000…..

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/19/15 – 7:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The county Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay a consultant group up to $5 million over four years to help with development of a “complete county” plan that goes beyond a general plan — in fact, they say, it goes further than any city or county ever has.

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California Money

New revenue estimate shows likely fault line over spending in budget battle between governor and lawmakers

By Chris Megerian
May 19, 2015

The battle lines in the annual tug-of-war over the state budget became clear on Monday evening, when legislative analysts said there would be $1.1 billion more revenue available for discretionary spending than Gov. Jerry Brown has estimated.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council approves bankruptcy plan, 6-1

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/18/15 – 8:55 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A full-court press by the city’s administrators, consultants and allies from the community convinced six of the seven council members Monday that it was vital to pass the Plan of Adjustment, pushing the city into the next stage of its nearly three-year bankruptcy.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to get his take on San Bernardino’s exit plan. What affect will their actions have on future investments in the troubled city?

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Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown is in favor of ending temporary taxes under voter-approved Proposition 30.

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/18/2015 – 05:50:33 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised state budget late last week, the news that California is swimming in black ink rightfully stole the show.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan gets group’s support

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
POSTED: 05/16/15 – 8:35 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The deep cuts and extensive restructuring proposed in the city’s bankruptcy exit plan got a unanimous thumbs-up from its strategic planning core team on Saturday, as the City Council prepares to vote on the plan Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 16, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2015-16 budget sharply increases spending on California’s 6-plus million elementary and high school students.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 15, 2015 – 03:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about national headlines. But first, they start in San Bernardino, where the city’s plan to exit bankruptcy was released yesterday. In it, the city says it’s planning to pay its creditors 1% of what they are owed.

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Bankruptcy Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/15, 4:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The proposed bankruptcy exit plan released to the public for the first time Thursday would pay 1 percent of the $50 million owed to pension obligation bondholders, slash retirees’ healthcare coverage, and contract out for services, including fire and waste disposal, among other changes.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

Published: May 14, 2015 – Updated: 10:21 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

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

California Money

By Larry Gordon, Teresa Watanabe and Carla Rivera
May 14, 2015

The big winners in Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to sharply increase education funding are California undergraduates at UC, who will have their tuition frozen for two more years, and the millions of elementary, secondary and community college students who are likely to see more teachers and counselors hired on their campuses.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2015

The state’s revenue system is, as we should all know by now, increasingly dependent on taxes from a relative handful of high-income Californians.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Bankruptcy Exit Plan hide the ball!

San Bernardino Seal

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

You gotta hand it to bankrupt San Bernardino, California. If there’s any local government that can screw anything up, it’s good ole San Berdoo!

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. Today, San Bernardino will reveal its bankruptcy exit plan. The city declared bankruptcy in July 2012. (John Valenzuela/ The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/15, 8:27 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials say they will release a sweeping bankruptcy exit plan Thursday afternoon and ask the City Council on Monday to commit to changes they say will significantly affect residents, employees and creditors for years to come.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County CEO gives 5-year budget forecast

Greg Devereaux

Devereaux

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/12/15, 6:53 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County will enter the next fiscal year on July 1 with $4.7 billion on hand for infrastructure projects and some services cut during the Great Recession, but the county has quite a ways to go before it can start loosening its fiscal belt.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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

Jerry Brown

Those given pay raises by a state panel Monday include California Gov. Jerry Brown, pictured on May 6, and other state legislators and elected officials. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy contact the reporter
May 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO — A state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown voted Monday to give the governor, state legislators and many other officials a 3% pay raise, saying it would make their salaries more competitive with leaders elsewhere.

The increases will take effect Dec. 7.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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

Schools

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
May 10, 2015

Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.

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InlandPolitics: Pensions: Neighboring counties seem perplexed

SBCO

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 12:00 a.m.

When you read the story on San Bernardino County pensions, published in The Sun newspaper on Friday, one takeaway is evident.

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Money

Saturday, May 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County and its pension fund, San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), have fought feverishly to block disclosure of individual pension amounts by name.

That’s until now.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Association of California Water Agencies conference last week, made clear that in his fourth and final term, he intends to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. | Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press

Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 9, 2015

Jerry Brown was sounding a little like an eccentric uncle-governor the other day as he muttered about Spaceship Earth, how he got the Moonbeam moniker, and, yes, the need to recycle human waste into water.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: California tax bonanza becomes a big problem

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 5, 2015

Every state budget cycle has its own narrative, but this year’s version is in a class by itself.

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Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 3, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund staring at lackluster year

SBCO

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County, California leaders can think again, if they thought its general fund was going to get a break from skyrocketing pension costs.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

May 1, 2015

California income tax collections in April exceeded Brown administration estimates by more than $1.6 billion, according to data posted Friday by the state controller’s office, pushing income tax revenue for the year $8 billion higher than during a comparable period in 2013-14.

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The Sun: Community, city leaders discuss future San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/24/15, 7:39 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As the city looks for a way to exist beyond bankruptcy, its charter once again was part of the discussion Friday as leaders and the public gathered for a strategy meeting designed to find ways to guide the city.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
04/25/2015 – 11:17 AM

California income tax collections in April have already exceeded the Brown administration’s January estimates, underscoring the surge of higher-than-expected money flowing into the state treasury and possibly offering health and welfare programs – not just schools – a piece of the windfall.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Nurses contract ratified

CNA

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 10:00 p.m.

All sides of a contract dispute affecting San Bernardino County Nurses and Per Diem Nurses have given their blessing to a new contract that will run through July 2017.

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California Capitol

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Sacramento, CA |

California tax revenues have soared past projections for the critical month of April – with several days yet to go. But the state’s overall budget situation is very much still up in the air.

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