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Daily Bulletin: Upland approves $43 million budget, cuts shelter funding

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/15 – 6:16 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city council approved the 2015-16 budget, including $350,000 cut to the animal shelter, but not after a spirited deliberation that went into the early morning hours.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, Staff Columnist
Posted: 07/24/2015 – 04:00:00 PM PDT

Although public employee pension plans across California are badly underfunded, union leaders have expressed little concern about the security of workers’ retirement pay.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 25, 2015

  • Two proposed ballot measures use same strategy
  • They are aimed at voter approval for pensions, Delta tunnels
  • Opponents would be forced to argue public shouldn’t have a vote

It’s no secret that the Legislature’s dominant Democrats want to make it more difficult to place initiative measures on the statewide ballot.

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LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell, Jean Merl and Katie Shepherd
July 21, 2015

Organized labor won an important victory Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage to $15, but it now faces a more daunting political challenge: convincing other local governments to join the movement.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: How much is California really spending?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 19, 2015

  • Media reports on budget’s size vary widely
  • Their numbers are correct up to a point
  • Official numbers far less than total spending

It’s time again for some more fun with numbers – big numbers.

They’re the numbers associated with the 2015-16 state budget, which the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown enacted last month.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County not “over the hump” on pension costs

Pension Reform

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

Several months ago county administrators told the Board of Supervisors the county was over the hump on ever escalating pension cost increases.

Not a chance!

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$1.285 billion: The estimated value of the county’s unfunded pension liability. More than 80 percent of the county’s pension obligations are already funded.

Published: July 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County officials say changes to the county’s public employee pension system have saved money, but that the county will still pay millions of dollars more to the statewide pension network.

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

Reuters: California progressives challenge governor’s fiscal caution

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. (Reuters/Max Whittaker)

Politics | Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 7:17am EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | By Sharon Bernstein

After years of fiscal and policy restraint by California Governor Jerry Brown, a new crop of legislative leaders are trying to push the state further to the left, with mixed results.

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The sheriff has been wary of the study, which would be done by an outside party.

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 11:58 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors and Sheriff Stan Sniff continue to differ over the value of a planned review of the county’s public safety expenses, with supervisors calling it a fresh look to find savings and the sheriff blaming board-approved pay hikes for boosting his costs.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Pensions fight gets new ammo

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 13, 2015

  • Ballot measure seeks to curb pension spending
  • Both sides gearing up for a big fight next year
  • Paltry earnings by CalPERS provide fuel

It’s likely that California voters will be treated – or subjected – next year to a vitriolic campaign over public employee pensions.

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IE Business Daily: California: Coming for Your Pocketbook Again!

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday, July 11, 2015

The State of California just passed a $125 Billion State budget which increases funding for education, welfare programs, and expands Medi-Cal.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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

Los Angeles County - Take Home Cars

Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich each exceeded the county’s price limit when they bought their hybrid SUVs: a $56,288 Chevrolet Tahoe and a top-of-the-line $65,648 GMC Yukon Denali, respectively. (Hans Gutknecht — Staff Photographer)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/11/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Walk the garage under Los Angeles County’s headquarters and you’ll see rows of practical Ford Tauruses and efficient Toyota Priuses — the ones with government seals on the front doors.

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West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/10/15 – 10:48 PM PDT |

WEST COVINA — Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, said Friday that the findings of a state audit into the city’s fiscal mismanagement revealed criminal activity at City Hall that ultimately led to the waste of taxpayer money.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/09/15 – 8:29 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Millions of dollars in upgrades and more staff are needed in county jails to address issues related to state prison realignment, Sheriff John McMahon and county CEO Greg Devereaux said Thursday.

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Taxes

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 9, 2015

  • Jerry Brown, Democratic lawmakers seek funding for roads, health care
  • Billions of dollars in unfunded maintenance plagues California roadways
  • Health funding more politically difficult than roads, but both efforts uncertain

Inheriting a budget deficit when he took office in 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown tried for months – and failed – to reach agreement with Republicans to put a tax measure on the ballot. He finally bypassed the Legislature and went directly to voters himself.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

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Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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

The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Tax surge a problem for Dems

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 7, 2015

  • Several big tax increases in the mill
  • California already seeing extra revenue
  • Revenue wave aids anti-tax groups

The Legislature’s Democrats were miffed when Gov. Jerry Brown insisted on using his revenue estimates as the basis for the 2015-16 state budget, rather than a higher number calculated by legislators’ budget adviser.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More money found for DA, animal services

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

Dan Walters

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

  • California’s highways are in bad shape
  • State wants $6 billion more a year to fix them
  • Can two differing approaches be melded?

The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown have passed a new state budget, and that’s that, right?

Not on your sweet bippy, to channel comedian Dick Martin.

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InlandPolitics: Greece says “NO” to European Union terms

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Sunday, July 5, 02:45 p.m.

Greece’s European Austerity Referendum went down in flames Sunday night.

The measure was overwhelmingly rejected by Greek voters.

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Apple Valley

Higher pay helps attract, retain ‘highest quality’ staff, they say.

By Gary Brodeur, Staff Writer
Posted July 5, 2015 – Updated at 10:53 AM

APPLE VALLEY — An ordinance that details the town’s updated compensation schedule and implements a 3-percent cost-of-living increase for 2015-16 still does not bring earnings up to pre-recession levels, town officials say.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 2, 2015

  • Personal income, corporate tax collections look to be $541 million above 2014-15 revenue estimates
  • California state budget approved last month reflected governor’s revenue numbers
  • Sales tax, other revenue totals for June still being compiled

The 2014-15 fiscal year came to an end this week, and it will be a long time before officials finish closing the books. Early signs, though, are that revenue for the just-completed fiscal year will exceed estimates in the newly minted state budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Standard and Poor's

By Chris Megerian
July 2, 2015

The Wall Street ratings agency Standard & Poor’s gave a vote of confidence to California’s finances on Thursday, upgrading its credit rating to its highest level in 14 years.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Estimable Economist Jay Prag to discuss the financial stability of San Bernardino. Hint: it isn’t stable. After that they turn to two other fiscally unstable governments, Puerto Rico and Greece.

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Tax Reform

AP California News
By Femit Nirappil and Judy Lin
Associated Press
June 29, 2015 – 2:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature is holding two special sessions this summer to tackle long-vexing funding shortfalls in the state’s transportation and health care programs. But talk of targeted tax increases has prompted political hand-wringing.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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.

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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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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

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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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