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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

James Fallows
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET

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

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

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

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

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

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SacBee: California general fund ends fiscal year in black

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

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

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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

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

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

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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire Department prepares for cuts

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

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

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

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

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

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Calpensions: Brown pension reform still has missing pieces

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts sought stability, found instability

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

When the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson agreed in 1997 that the state would assume the entire cost of financing California’s largest-in-the-nation court system, judges rejoiced.

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

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

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

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Dan Walters

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

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

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

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Chris Megerian
June 28, 2014

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

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council passes budget for 2014-2015

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

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

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto continues to eye bankruptcy filing

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

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

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

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June 25, 2014

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

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs teacher pension fund bill

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

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

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County gets last laugh in union deal

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Monday, June 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

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

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Calpensions: San Bernardino cuts deal to pay CalPERS debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 23, 2014

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

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

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Paige St. John
June 21, 2014

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

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SacBee: Pay panel gives California officials 2 percent raise

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The latest on California politics and government
June 20, 2014

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

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs $156.3 billion state budget

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

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

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

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

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

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SacBee: CalPERS has interim agreement in San Bernardino bankruptcy case

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 – 8:55 pm

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

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

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County’s chief financial officer brings up prospect of job cuts during a Board of Supervisors budget workshop.

Published: June 17, 2014 Updated: June 18, 2014 8:35 a.m.

Riverside County may be forced to lay off dozens of workers from its regional hospital and information technology department, the county’s budget chief said this week.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 10:17 pm

The Legislature kept Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet bullet train project alive by allocating $250 million from “cap-and-trade” greenhouse gas fees on business in the new state budget.

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Calstrs

By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Full funding of the troubled California State Teachers Retirement System was approved by the Legislature last weekend, with most of the additional $5 billion coming from school districts that get no offsetting money from the state.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Inland Cities budget woes ease

Several Inland Empire cities are facing a less dicier budget picture in their upcoming fiscal years.

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Paul Drasil, who retired under attack by former elected officials, was asked back by new mayor.

BY CASSIE MACDUFF / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: June 16, 2014 Updated: 9:40 p.m.

The return of Interim Fire Chief Paul Drasil shows just how much things have changed in San Bernardino.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Upland approves utility rate hikes

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents will have to pay more in utility bills starting next month, with increases expected to continue over the next several years.

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 1:39 am, Tuesday, June 17, 2014

(06-16) 18:47 PDT Sacramento — Republican state lawmakers had a lot to say about the state budget, saying it contained “insidious” back-room deals, spent too much and saved too little. But, their opinions were all they had. Their votes weren’t needed.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 9:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 – 7:16 am

The political infighting over the next state budget began Sunday night, just minutes after the Legislature passed one that would spend $156.4 billion – $200 billion-plus when federal funds are included – in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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LATimes: California Legislature passes $156.4-billion 2014-15 budget

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Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason
June 15, 2014

The California Legislature approved a $156.4-billion state budget on Sunday, capping a week of intense negotiations over education, social services and environmental policies.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am

The Capitol has a long, sometimes unsavory, history of attaching extraneous matters of uncertain lineage to the state budget at the last minute.

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InlandPolitics: Could San Bernardino use shuttered hotel for homeless?

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Sunday, June 15, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Could bankrupt San Bernardino use the shuttered Maruko Hotel for the homeless?

It’s an interesting question that proves a point.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

The financial picture for San Bernardino County is becoming rosier by the day.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino’s Future Rides on Bankruptcy Decision

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Elections, Recalls, Charter Amendments, Labor Negotiations, and Pension Reform are all ideas bandied about in the effort to right the financial ship of the City of San Bernardino.

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June 13, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders made it clear Friday that they have reached an agreement on a new state budget.

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SacBee: Budget deal spends cap-and-trade funds on high-speed rail

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By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 – 11:16 pm

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

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Reuters: California’s revenues fell short in May the first time in six months

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By Robin Respaut
Wed Jun 11, 2014 – 12:30pm EDT

(Reuters) – For the first time in six months, the state of California’s revenues in May fell short, by $389.1 million, or 5.5 percent, of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget.

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By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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CCTimes: House votes to cut off money for high-speed rail

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By Josh Richman
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Rep. Jeff Denham’s amendment to would cut off federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project was approved by the House on Tuesday.

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Jun 10, 2014, 2:07pm PDT
Steven E.F. Brown
Web Editor- San Francisco Business Times

“Where is the growth in sales tax transactions?” asked California Controller John Chiang in his monthly report on the Golden State’s cash balance.

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SFChronicle: Bump at pump in January to help speed bullet train project

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Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Monday, June 9, 2014

California drivers are going to see a bump at the pump starting Jan. 1 – with a good chunk of the money going to kick-start Gov. Jerry Brown’s struggling high-speed rail project.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: The price of road to independence hits $43 million

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City management and staff criticized for engaging ‘in a pattern and practice of deception that transcends the typical give-and-take of dispute negotiation’

Published: June 8, 2014 Updated: 11:09 p.m.

Beaumont’s efforts to build roads on its own, ignoring a regional program its City Council agreed to embrace, appear to have backfired.

And the bill for independence is tens of millions of dollars, a judge has ruled.

To read story by Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

California Money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 – 6:13 am

With less than a week before the constitutional deadline to pass a budget, the Democrats in control at the California Capitol are at odds on the big questions: how much money the state will take in, how it should be spent, and how major programs should be structured.

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Gavel-Legal

By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 9, 2014

Stockton filed a revised debt-cutting plan last week that could lead to a deal with a holdout creditor, Franklin bonds, possibly enabling the city to emerge from bankruptcy without cutting pensions.

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CapitolWeekly: Locals pay tab for open government

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By SAMANTHA GALLEGOS
Posted 06.08.2014

State lawmakers and voters agree on one thing: transparency in government.

Local government, that is. State government remains exempt.

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InlandPolitics: Other Inland Empire election tidbits

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s some other news of interest from Tuesday’s primary election:

Apple Valley fire tax fails

Town of Apple Valley voters rejected a tax increase to provide additional funding to the town’s fire protection district.

The measure required a two-thirds vote.

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The Sun: San Bernardino continues budget cut talks

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/02/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Tough budget cuts recommended by the city manager haven’t gotten any easier, but as the City Council prepares for its third of five budget hearings Tuesday they’ve at least gotten a bit clearer.

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Calpensions: New step to expose hidden retiree health debt

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, June 2, 2014

A decade ago new accounting rules directed state and local governments to begin calculating and reporting debt owed for health care promised retirees, which for state workers turned out to be more than the debt owed for pensions.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: San Manuel Amphitheater falls short of hopes

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The plan was to make money from the venue, but instead the county has had to kick in money to meet expenses

Published: May 31, 2014 10:18 p.m.

When San Bernardino County was planning to build an outdoor amphitheater in a natural bowl at Glen Helen Regional Park, officials saw it as a potential cash cow.

To read story by David Olson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Jails+Inmates

The idea is to recoup money spent on providing inmates legally required health care. Inmates can stay on Medi-Cal upon release assuming they still meet eligibility standards.

Published: May 30, 2014 Updated: 10:55 p.m.

Riverside and San Bernardino are joining the rush of California counties seeking to enroll jail inmates in a government-run health insurance program to recoup millions of dollars in medical costs.

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

InlandPolitics: This and that!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Sterling Trust sells Los Angeles Clippers

The Sterling Family Trust and Shelly Sterling has agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Former Microsoft Executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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DailyBulletin: Upland extends trash contract with Burrtec

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/30/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The City Council has given the green light to a $60 million contract extension with Burrtec for solid waste collection.

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California Money

Chris Megerian
May 30, 2014

Paying down debt is the best use of the state’s reserve fund, voters say in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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The Sun: San Bernardino council discusses police, fire budgets

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/28/14, 10:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Two departments, $84 million in proposed spending and about $7 million in proposed cuts down, a long way to go.

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SacBee: California lawmakers paid most, national survey confirms

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The latest on California politics and government
May 27, 2014

California’s legislators have seen their incomes go up and down in recent years due to decrees by the state’s salary commission, but remain the highest paid in the nation, according to a new survey by Stateline, a Pew Charitable Trusts website.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace officials hope to keep city on course with plan

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/14, 10:23 PM PDT |

GRAND TERRACE >> An almost total loss of institutional memory and severe financial constraints allow city leaders very little margin for error as they follow a course toward hoped-for economic development, but they expect a strategic plan for the next six years to help keep them on track.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Brown budget reflects state’s massive debt

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am

As he unveiled a revised state budget this month, Gov. Jerry Brown was peppered with questions about new spending that his fellow Democrats were touting – everything from health insurance for illegal immigrants to universal pre-kindergarten.

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The Sun: San Bernardino looking at $22.8 million deficit

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/23/14, 7:47 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Unprecedented cuts during unparalleled times are hovering over leaders in this bankrupt city, possibly forcing them to close all three branch libraries, shut down two fire stations and wipe out half of one department’s employees in an effort to balance a $124 million budget and shore up a $22.8 million deficit.

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May 23, 2014 5:12 PM
STAFF REPORTS

SACRAMENTO — The California State Board of Equalization has announced that local governments will collect $1.075 billion in tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year.

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High-Speed Rail

An artist’s rendering of a California high-speed rail train. (Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
May 24, 2014

A state appellate court panel on Friday zeroed in on technical and procedural issues that could signal trouble for Central Valley groups fighting California’s proposed bullet train project.

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SacBee: S&P warns California Legislature on increasing budget spending

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The latest on California politics and government
May 22, 2014

Standard & Poor’s, a major credit rating organization, praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2014-15 budget Thursday, but warned the Legislature not to go beyond the budget and spend higher revenue estimates from its budget analyst.

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The Sun: Rialto balanced budget workshop being held Thursday

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/21/14, 5:09 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> For the first time in about five years the city will be able to balance its budget without pulling from reserves.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his plan to fix the teacher pension fund’s $73.7- billion shortfall at a May 13 briefing. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Chris Megerian
May 21, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his plan for repairing California’s troubled teacher retirement system, his calculations assumed the pension fund would see investment returns of 7.5% over the next three decades.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County employees turn down contract proposal

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San Bernardino County employees oversee the counting of ballots by the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association on Monday.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/20/14, 7:05 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County workers, unhappy with a new contract proposal, expressed concern and hope at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. The concern: That the county’s fiscal health is coming at their expense. The hope: Fair wages, and a better contract.

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Howard Blume, Chris Megerian
May 20, 2014

California’s public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don’t meet expectations.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Medi-Cal expands to cover 30 percent of Californians

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 20, 2014 – 12:16 am

A half-century ago, a governor named Brown persuaded the California Legislature to embark on what those involved thought would be a modest new program of health care for poor Californians.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto hopes to stave off bankruptcy

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Officials take ‘proactive’ step in hiring firm that assisted San Bernardino, Stockton

May 18, 2014 12:05 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • The Adelanto City Council voted 4-1 this week to approve a contract with municipal consultants Urban Futures, Inc., in what one official called a “proactive” step to avoiding a bankruptcy filing.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Settlement gives union $16M in raises

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The pay hikes for Service Employees International Union members are in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars guaranteed to the county’s 18,000 employees in the coming years.

Published: May 17, 2014 Updated: 7:38 p.m.

Members of a Riverside County public employee union will get $16 million in raises and other benefits over two years to settle grievances the union brought over its 2012 contract.

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

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 05/17/2014 09:00:00 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown last week proposed the first substantive strategy to shore up the state’s woefully underfunded teacher pension plan.

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SFChronicle: Brown doubles down on high-speed rail amid calls for restraint

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:23 am, Saturday, May 17, 2014

Preparing for looming budget battles with the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Friday that lawmakers must balance “desire and need” for expensive social programs – even as he defiantly doubled down on support for the increasingly unpopular high-speed rail system, saying it remains emblematic of his passion to “build great things” in his final term as governor.

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The latest on California politics and government
May 16, 2014

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst estimated Friday that state revenue through June 2015 would be $2.5 billion higher than what is in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan, including $2.2 billion in additional money during the coming budget year.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley receives financial award

Apple Valley

May 15, 2014 3:56 PM
STAFF REPORTS

APPLE VALLEY • The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has granted the Town of Apple Valley a Certificate of Achievement for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

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Chris Megerian
May 16, 2014

The Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a new proposal to help cushion the state from economic downturns and pay off billions of dollars in debt and long-term costs.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 – 6:16 pm

From the onset of Stockton’s journey through bankruptcy, Judge Christopher Klein has implied, both through comments and rulings, that he sees it as a potential test of whether public employee pensions are debts that could be reduced.

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LATimes: Standoff on U.S. roadway repairs becoming ‘highway cliff’

Highway Construction

Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli
May 15, 2014

Without quick action by Congress, the U.S. Transportation Department may begin scaling back or halting work on thousands of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at the height of the construction season this July, when the nation’s Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County CEO proposes $4.4 billion budget

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/14, 4:23 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

County CEO Greg Devereaux on Tuesday presented a $4.4 billion recommended budget for the next fiscal year to the Board of Supervisors, with 37.9 percent of spending proposed for Human Services, 19.2 percent to Law and Justice and 11.5 percent for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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