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SacBee: California state pay increased $1.1 billion last year

 

Graph - CA State Payroll 2015

(Sacramento Bee research/California State Controller’s Office)

By Jon Ortiz and Phillip Reese
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/23/2015 10:53 PM

California state workers’ salaries rose a total $1.1 billion last year, according to new payroll data, while the number of state employees also grew.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, gestures while speaking out against tuition increases as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, listens during a November meeting of the University of California Board of Regents in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/ The Associated Press)

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/21/2015 11:46 PM

University of California President Janet Napolitano could hardly have been more dismissive when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in November that, instead of threatening to raise tuition, UC create a commission to find ways to reduce costs.

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SacBee: Opinion: Fixing California’s roads will be tough chore

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/18/2015 9:30 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has issued two clarion calls for actions that would affect what tens of millions of Californians do every day – drive their cars – but there may be a conflict between the two.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies Crossroads in Upland adds to city coffers as it grows

Colonies Crossroads

Customers enter the newly opened Chili’s restaurant in the Colonies Crossroads shopping center in Upland on Friday. Sales tax from the 1 million-square-foot “power center” rose from $1.6 million in 2012-13 to $2 million in 2013-14. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/17/15, 9:11 PM PST | Updated: 25 secs ago

UPLAND >> The Colonies Crossroads, one of the largest shopping centers in San Bernardino County’s West End, continues to expand and increase revenue for the city.

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SacBee: Brown’s pet proposition is just a stopgap

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 5:32 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown exudes pride that voters approved Proposition 2, which creates California’s first meaningful budget reserve, hailing it as a bulwark against periodic flirtations with fiscal insolvency.

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Pension Reform

Local cities still face significant pension risks

Jan. 17, 2015
Updated 10:44 p.m.
By TERI SFORZA

Things might be looking a bit better, but let’s not let it go to our heads.

Anaheim is still staring down a public pension hole more than half a billion dollars deep.

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SacBee: Hepatitis C drug’s high cost hits California budget

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/16/2015 10:44 PM

Last year, after the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new drug for hepatitis C, health officials around the country warned of dire consequences for state budgets.

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Sacramento-Business-Journal

Jan 15, 2015, 2:49pm PST
Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The primary state agency responsible for the Delta tunnels project could run out of money soon, requiring tens of millions of dollars to move forward, said a new report by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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The Sun: San Bernardino seeking community input on strategic plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/15, 7:01 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a May 30 deadline to file its bankruptcy exit plan looming and years of growth hoped for after that, city officials are moving forward with a long-term strategic plan that will help form the bankruptcy plan and extend far beyond it.

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The Sun: Colton approves finance manager post

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/13/15, 6:51 PM PST |

Colton officials have approved the hiring of a finance manager as part of the city’s effort to improve overseeing its finances.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 10:25 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago

UPLAND >> The City Council on Monday night gave City Manager Rod Butler the approval to go forward with considering 15 remaining task force recommendations and a goal-setting workshop.

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Mac Taylor

By David Siders and Jim Miller

dsiders@sacbee.com
01/14/2015 7:50 AM

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst on Tuesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget a “prudent” spending plan, while noting that the proposal might underestimate state revenue by up to billions of dollars through June.

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SacBee: Opinion: Budget OK now, but how long?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/13/2015 7:59 PM

As California’s economy continues its slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession, it will make balancing the state budget relatively easy, at least for another couple of years.

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InlandPolitics: No raises for San Bernardino County workers?

Pay Cut

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County, California, administrators are putting the writing on the proverbial wall.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 3:05 PM PST |

UPLAND >> More than a year after a Fiscal Task Force was convened to save the city from possible bankruptcy, only seven of the 22 items on its to-do list have been addressed.

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CNA

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/11/15, 5:23 PM PST |

COLTON >> Contract negotiations between county officials and its nursing union have resumed, officials said.

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The Sun: No immediate relief for San Bernardino County pension costs

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/15, 2:41 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

San Bernardino County’s contribution to its employee pensions will increase by $35.6 million in the next year, attributed to reduced rates on investment returns and increased life expectancies for pensioners, according to the county’s chief financial officer.

And those increased costs will shadow the county for at least the next 15 years.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 12, 2015

Gov. Brown wants state workers to begin paying half the cost of their future retiree health care — a big change for workers making no payments for coverage that can pay 100 percent of the premium for a retiree and 90 percent for their dependents.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County supervisors, state reps talk of improving region

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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The Associated Press
01/09/2015 5:46 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a record $113 billion California budget amid an improving economy. It’s a 5.4 percent increase from the current $107.4 billion general fund spending.

Here are highlights of his spending plan:

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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 11:38 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants state workers to begin contributing toward their retiree health benefits and that he will take up the issue at the bargaining table beginning this year.

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By Fawn Johnson
January 8, 2015

President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday.

There is one big caveat in the proposal — there is no plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget plan will hold line on higher education spending

Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown uses a chart to explain his budget a year ago. He presents his first 2015-16 budget Friday. (Randall Benton – Sacramento Bee file)

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 – 12:13 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to propose a $113.3 billion general fund state budget Friday that holds fast in response to the University of California’s threat to raise tuition unless the state gives the university system more money.

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By Chris Megerian
January 9, 2015

The state’s mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal goals

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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SacBee: California income, corporation tax revenue surged in December

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/07/2015 6:15 AM

California income and corporation tax collections surged in December, pushing estimated tax revenue since July to about $3.6 billion above what lawmakers projected when they approved the current budget, according to preliminary totals compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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SacBee: Opinion: Bullet train pep rally and reality

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/07/2015 7:48 AM

It was billed as a “groundbreaking,” but no ground was broken, even metaphorically.

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FoxHounds: Brown the Juggler

Joel Fox

By Joel Fox
Editor of Fox & Hounds and President of the Small Business Action Committee
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Jerry Brown, the adroit political juggler, was on full display during his Inaugural Address/State of the State Speech yesterday keeping in the air at the same time the notion of more spending while also tossing about the importance of fiscal responsibility.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County to consider lease hike for sheriff’s hangar

Sheriff's Aviation Division Rendering

Architectural rendering of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s new aviation facility at San Bernardino International Airport. (Courtesy Photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/05/15, 9:28 PM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

County supervisors on Tuesday will consider increasing by more than 28 percent a lease agreement with the Sheriff’s Department for its new aviation hangar at San Bernardino International Airport due to increasing costs associated with the project.

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Calpensions: Will Brown propose paying judges pension debt?

Question Mark

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 5, 2015

In what has been a futile annual ritual, CalPERS President Rob Feckner sent the governor and Legislature a letter last March urging advance funding of a closed judges pension plan, a change estimated to save $753 million to $2.3 billion in the long run.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County retirement costs rise again

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Related Post: InlandPolitics: S.B. County pension costs continue climb

Sunday, January 4, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

This Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will vote to approve another increase in its annual pension contributions.

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The Sun: Top 10 highest paid elected officials in California

Money

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:28 PM PST |

Elected officials in San Bernardino County take two of the top three spots in California for highest paid elected officials during fiscal year 2013-14.

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John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon speaks during a sit-down interview at the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Headquarters in San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. According to recently released data, McMahon was the highest paid elected official in California during 2013. File Photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:27 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon topped the list of highest paid elected officials in California in 2013, according to recently released data by the state Controller’s Office,

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Sacbee: Opinion: California Democrats may clash on spending

 

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/04/2015 12:01 AM

It’s a new year and the Capitol’s Democrats should be singing Franklin Roosevelt’s old campaign song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

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Politico: Chief congressional budget post gains new power

PoliticoPro

By Brian Faler
1/2/15 – 4:01 PM EST

The question of who will be Congress’ next chief number-cruncher has suddenly gotten a lot more important.

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The Hill: Budget war looms for Obama, GOP

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 01/01/15 – 06:00 AM EST

The federal budget is almost certain to be the central battleground between President Obama and the new Republican Congress in 2015.

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VVDailyPress: City’s fiscal crisis top local story of 2014

Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW
By Staff Reports
Posted Dec. 27, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

It certainly was a year to remember, and for some maybe one to forget. There was nothing boring about 2014, though.

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VVDailyPress: Financially stressed cities?

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STUDY
Results shock local staffs; official calls report flawed, ‘irresponsible’
RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

HESPERIA — Staff members at one financially stable local municipality were shaking their heads in disbelief after a recent report ranked their city as one of the most likely to file bankruptcy.

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The Sun: San Bernardino development director Bill Manis has a plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/26/14, 1:25 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Repeatedly over the last several years, city officials have cut what they acknowledge are important services, saying shrinking revenues leave the bankrupt city no choice.

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Adelanto

Brooke Self
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of articles reviewing 2014 in each of the Victor Valley’s four municipalities.

ADELANTO — It’s safe to say that Adelanto had something of a rocky year in 2014, facing a fiscal crisis that brought the city of 32,000 residents to the brink of bankruptcy.

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Calpensions: Tackling the big debt that lawmakers let balloon

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
December 22, 2014

The debt or “unfunded liability” state Controller John Chiang reported last week for state worker retiree health care, $72 billion, is larger than the unfunded liability for state worker pensions reported by CalPERS in April, $50 billion.

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VVDailyPress: State Controller reports who’s topping the pay scale

Money

Adelanto city manager, Hesperia Council highest paid locally

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In general, city managers top the pay scale among city employees, and a report released this week by outgoing state Controller John Chiang indicates that the top brass in and around the Victor Valley and Barstow regions are not an exception to this trend.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart as he discusses his revised 2013-14 state budget plan at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, May 13, 2013. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Capitol Alert
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By David Siders and Jim Miller –
dsiders@sacbee.com

12/19/2014 4:08 PM | Updated: 12/19/2014 4:16 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal is just around the corner, and it’s the event every lawmaker, lobbyist and chief financial officer in your life will be talking about over the holidays.

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The Sun: San Bernardino has bankruptcy workplan, gag order loosened

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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By Chris Megerian
December 16, 2014

Despite efforts to tackle pension costs, state leaders have not set aside money for retiree healthcare

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Calpensions: CalPERS: extra contributions can yield big savings

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By Ed Mendel
December 15, 2014

CalPERS is encouraging government employers to make extra payments to reduce their pension debt or “unfunded liability” if budgets allow, saying millions can be saved in the long run.

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SacBee: Opinion: Pension cost avoidance creates gaps

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/14/2014 12:01 AM

California’s perpetual political debate over public employee pensions usually focuses on the benefits themselves – whether they are fair compensation for those doing the public’s work or, conversely, too generous.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto councilman calls for jail moratorium

Prisonville

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:27 PM

ADELANTO — While the Adelanto City Council will vote on a fifth prison in the city next month, one politician thinks that is enough.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy

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By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

A conservative super PAC is trashing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, for helping pass the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, which some say doesn’t do enough to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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WashPost: What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

Federal Omnibus Spending Bill 2014-15

A copy of the fiscal 2014 spending bill is arranged for a photograph in Washington Jan. 14. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Ed O’Keefe
December 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

{This item has been updated and revised.}

The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.

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Political: Budget bill shows GOP’s new muscle

House Speaker John Boehner Holds Weekly News Conference

Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By David Rogers
12/9/14 8:41 PM EST
Updated 12/10/14 8:51 AM EST

Capping weeks of backroom talks, House Republicans filed a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill Tuesday night — a giant package that’s both a last marker for this Congress and first step toward GOP control in the next.

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SacBee: California’s tax battle looms in ’16

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/05/2014 10:12 PM

When Democrats lost their legislative supermajorities last month, it doomed even the very faint chance that legislators would enact the hefty tax increases liberal groups yearn to impose.

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SFChronicle: UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 3:39 pm, Friday, December 5, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold his measure with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems. Sacramento increased state funding for the University of California and California State University by 5 percent annually for two years, then 4 percent annually for the next two years. Budget documents heralded a four-year deal that would keep tuition flat.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County seeking injunction to prevent nurses’ strike

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/04/14, 5:28 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

San Bernardino County officials are seeking to block a planned strike by its 1,100 member nurses union, saying a two-day event next week “could cost taxpayers millions of dollars” if the county is forced to hire temporary nurses.

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California Money

By Joanna Lin / December 4, 2014

California taxpayers spend about $40 billion a year to pay their fire chiefs, mayors, tree trimmers and thousands of other city and county employees. Some – including harbor pilots in Los Angeles – make more than $300,000 a year. Others receive as little as $190, the payout for one planning commissioner in tiny Alpine County.

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SacBee: Multimillion dollar California Senate shortfall behind layoffs

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Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, left, seen with Gov. Jerry Brown, found out he had to cut the Senate’s budget. The California Senate faced an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week. (Steve Yeater The Associated Press)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
12/03/2014 10:14 p.m.

//The California Senate faces an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week, offering the first detailed explanation of the fiscal problems behind last month’s layoffs of 39 Senate employees.

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The PE: STATE FUNDING: Roth introduces bill to help new cities

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 Updated: 11:20 p.m.

The California legislature’s 2013-2014 session ended Nov. 30 and, with it, any hope of an override of Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fee revenue to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Joseph Tanfani
December 2, 2014

Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama’s immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

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Politico: John Boehner makes sales pitch to GOP

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Votes on a year-end congressional deal hinge on Rep. Yoho.
By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
12/1/14 9:51 PM EST / Updated 12/2/14 10:09 AM EST

Top House Republicans agree on a two-part plan to keep the government from closing in nine days. Now comes the hard part: selling it.

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Calpensions: Vallejo first to test no pension cut in bankruptcy

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 1, 2014

What happens when a bankrupt city does not cut its largest debt, pensions, is getting its first test in Vallejo, which has higher average pensions and higher CalPERS rates than the two larger cities still in bankruptcy, Stockton and San Bernardino.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Sarah Mimms
November 30, 2014

Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown.

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SacBee: Opinion: California’s big projects still face money questions

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/30/2014 12:01 AM

Jerry Brown occasionally suggests that a bullet-train system and twin water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were born during his first governorship.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
November 29, 2014

The incoming Republican majority in Congress is preparing to give number-crunching a controversial twist, and the new math could make it easier for the GOP to cut taxes.

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SacBee: California fails to collect billions in court-ordered debt

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 2:23 PM

California government is missing out on collecting billions of dollars in fines, victim restitution and other court-ordered debts, with current law offering conflicting fiscal incentives for the mix of agencies charged with getting the money, according to a recent report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal experts.

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LATimes: Big state tax decisions lie ahead for California voters

Los Angeles Skyline

A tough battle is expected over an attempt to change how the state’s 36-year-old landmark property tax initiative, Proposition 13, treats commercial property, said Rex Hime, president of the California Business Properties Assn. (Scott Harrison)

By Marc Lifsher
November 27, 2014

Picking a new president might not be the only crucial issue before California voters at the polls in two years’ time.

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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

Pat Morris

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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San Bernardino Sign

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

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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

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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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