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LATimes: Cal State funding talks include scenario of turning away freshmen

California State University

By Carla Rivera
November 25, 2014

The University of California’s decision to raise tuition generated much controversy.

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SacBee: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/25/2014 9:31 PM

The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

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

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

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

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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University of California

Tuition going up at University of California

By Larry Gordon
November 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

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Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 19, 2014 – 2:16pm PST Updated: Nov 19, 2014 – 3:06pm PST

Incoming tax dollars are predicted to climb about $2 billion above estimates in this year’s state budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday. But lawmakers could not spend the windfall on anything but public education, due to funding formulas guaranteed under state law.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

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

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SacBee: UC regents move tuition increase plan forward

University of California

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/19/2014 11:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California regents moved forward with a controversial plan Wednesday to raise tuition if the state does not give the system more money, with the proposal expected to be finalized Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County pension fund still has $2 billion funding gap

SBCO

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s pension fund isn’t in horrible shape. But it isn’t in great shape either!

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San Bernardino Seal

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

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

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SacBee: Opinion: Big pension gap won’t vanish soon

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 10:15 PM

State Controller John Chiang performed an admirable public service by publishing a detailed report on the finances of California’s public employee pension systems.

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

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

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

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

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/14, 3:35 PM PST | Updated: 57 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A move to ask the Sheriff’s Department to submit a bid to police the city was dropped Monday at the request of Mayor Carey Davis.

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SacBee: California tax revenue beating estimates

Tax Reform

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/17/2014 1:19 PM

Tax revenue to California’s general fund is running more than $1 billion above estimates since the July 1 start of the fiscal year, the state said Monday, as Gov. Jerry Brown prepares for another round of budget talks next year.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino to explore outsourcing public safety services again!

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Saturday, November 15, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

San Bernardino City Hall is once again making overtures in regards to the outsourcing of police services to the Sheriff’s Department.

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LATimes: California pension funds are running dry

John Chiang

New data on California public pensions from a website created by state Controller John Chiang come at a time of growing anger from taxpayers over the skyrocketing cost of public workers’ retirements. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
November 13, 2014

A decade ago, many of California’s public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers’ retirements.

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SacBee: California post-recession tax revenue growth exceeds U.S. average

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/11/2014 2:42 PM

Despite dropping during the first three months of the year, state government tax revenue continued to surpass pre-recession levels through the end of June, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown looks to solidify legacy with big state projects

Chiseling Into Rock

By Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Sunday, November 9, 2014

SACRAMENTO — Fresh off winning a historic fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown plans to push ahead with a pair of projects that could transform the California landscape: high-speed rail and delta water tunnels.

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

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

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

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LATimes: Brown brushes off GOP opposition to bullet train

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By Michael Finnegan
November 6, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown played down concerns Thursday about Republicans killing the state’s $68-billion bullet train, saying that “they’re going to join the chorus” in support of high-speed rail once construction around Fresno and Bakersfield gains momentum.

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LATimes: Different pension rulings expected in Stockton, Detroit bankruptcies

Pension-Fund

By Marc Lifsher
November 2, 2014

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

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 3, 2014

The city charter has forced San Bernardino to give police two pay raises since declaring bankruptcy, one costing $1 million and the other $1.3 million. Now voters are being asked Tuesday to change the charter and prevent a third automatic pay raise.

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SacBee: Opinion: Controller John Chiang drops bombshell on California public pensions

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/01/2014 5:00 PM

State Controller John Chiang dropped a political bomb the other day, although he was so quiet about it, one could say it was a stealth bomb.

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

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

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

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By Tim Reid
LOS ANGELES
Thu Oct 30, 2014 – 1:04pm EDT

(Reuters) – Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will decide next week whether to scrap a budget rule that sets pay for police and firefighters based on salary levels in wealthier cities.

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LATimes: Stockton bankruptcy ruling will decide fate of public pensions

US Bankruptcy Court

By Marc Lifsher and Melody Petersen
October 29, 2014

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

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown downplays possibility of tax-hike extension

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By Carla Marinucci
Monday, October 27, 2014

Emphasizing what he called the Democratic Party’s commitment to frugal governing, Gov. Jerry Brown downplayed the chances Monday of returning to the voters to renew sales and income tax increases when they expire starting at the end of 2016.

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The Sun: San Bernardino: Charter to cause $1.3 million in raises this year

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/23/14, 8:24 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The cost of police salary increases required by the city Charter Section 186 will surpass $1.3 million for the 2014-15 year, according to City Manager Allen Parker.

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Pensions

Governments sent CalPERS more than $8 billion last year, an amount that has quadrupled in the last 10 years. (Thomas Fuchs / For The Times)

By Melody Petersen and Marc Lifsher
October 23, 2014

Directing traffic is part of a police officer’s job, and in the city of Fountain Valley, keeping cars moving comes with a $145 monthly bonus — and a bigger pension.

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October 23, 2014

The board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System voted to add to a recent pension reform law 99 bonuses that can boost workers’ current paychecks and also their future pensions. Here are some of these retirement-enhancing bonuses:

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Opinion: Local measures will test support for tax extensions

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/20/2014 6:54 PM

It’s virtually certain that California voters will be asked in 2016 to extend – perhaps permanently – the temporary increases in sales and income taxes that they approved in 2012.

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By TERI SFORZA
STAFF COLUMNIST
tsforza@ocregister.com
Published: Oct. 19, 2014 Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 10:37 a.m.
image0-Watchdog: Thousands join the ‘$100K club’ for pensions

Back in 2005, some 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

By 2009, this so-called “$100K club” had more than tripled, to 6,133 members.

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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.

San Bernardino Seal

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.

San Bernardino

Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

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

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

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The 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

Dan Walters

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

SBCO Seal

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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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

Dan Walters

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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San Bernardino Seal

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

Dan Walters

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

Pension Reform

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.

Bill Lockyer

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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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