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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged


Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

LA_Ontario International Airport

A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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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VVDailyPress: Donnelly will not run for state Senate

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press) |

Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Tuesday that he will not run for the soon-to-be available seat in the state 21st Senate District.

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By David Siders
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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LATimes: Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

Jim Righeimer+Steve Mensinger

Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger are shown. (Los Angeles Times / Daily Pilot)

By Jeremiah Dobruck
Decmeber 16, 2014

Costa Mesa police union suggested ways to catch councilmen in compromising positions, according to emails

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Orange County Seal

The county has hired an outside law firm to suggest what discipline, if any, should be handed out to officials who approved the contracts.

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: 11:00 p.m.

A longtime county administrator set to become Orange County’s temporary chief executive faces a legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts issued by the county over the past five years.

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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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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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Politico: Ted Cruz apologizes for weekend flap

Republican Senators Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Hold News Conference On Immigration

By Manu Raju
12/16/14 3:25 PM EST
Updated 12/16/14 4:27 PM EST

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Politico: Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush


By Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:11 PM EST

Republicans in Congress have plenty of nice things to say about Jeb Bush. But influential lawmakers aren’t about to jump on the Bush presidential bandwagon just yet — or bow out of possibly running against him.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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The Sun: San Bernardino teacher accused of sex with students has charges dropped

SBCO Sheriff BadgeSBCO District Attorney

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 9:13 PM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

About 30 nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will address the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday following a two-day strike last week in protest of low pay and poor working conditions.

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Jim Brulte

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, right, receives congratulations after his election as California Republican Party chairman during the CRP convention in Sacramento in 2013.

By Seema Mehta
December 15, 2104

California GOP chairman Jim Brulte, widely credited with reviving the state Republican party’s fortunes, announced Monday that he would seek reelection to the post.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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LATimes: Southland home prices hit plateau

For Sale

The California Assn. of Realtors is predicting prices will grow 5.2% statewide next year, the slowest pace since 2011.

By Tim Logan
December 15, 2014

After a furious run-up in home prices in 2013, the Southern California housing market flattened out this year — setting the stage for slow but steady growth next year.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo


By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport talks back on officials’ radar


L.A. mayor, Inland city’s leaders resuming efforts to return facility to local ownership.

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet in January with Ontario officials over stalled talks on the return of Ontario International Airport to the Inland city.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/14/14, 6:38 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of a citizens committee tasked with reforming the city charter will meet again Tuesday with lingering questions about what they’re supposed to accomplish.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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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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PoliticoMag: The Democratic Party Debates Its Soul

Elizabeth Warren

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren


Four days in December hint at deeper divides to come.
December 14, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole may have said it best when he joked during a meeting of the House Rules Committee on Wednesday that “it’s been great to listen to this debate over the soul of the Democratic Party.”

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SacBee: Opinion: Pension cost avoidance creates gaps

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
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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Adelanto Prison Facility

Detainees walk down a hallway at an immigrant detention facility in Adelanto. The Adelanto City Council approved an agreement to build a new 3,264-bed jail on the edge of town. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Kate Linthicum
December 13, 2014

The cash-strapped city of Adelanto, already home to three detention facilities, has approved a plan to build another.

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U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: New judge appointed to bench


Published: Dec. 12, 2014 12:47 p.m.

A lawyer for San Bernardino County has been appointed to a judgeship by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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

VVDailyPress: Adelanto councilman calls for jail moratorium


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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VVDailyPress: County’s lack of judges top in state


Report: 57 more judges needed locally to deal with workload

Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:37 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The San Bernardino County court system currently maintains 86 judges, but the county’s caseloads justify it having 143, according to the 2014 Judicial Workload Assessment presented this week in San Francisco to the state Judicial Council.

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SacBee: De León eliminates government oversight office


By Laurel Rosenhall
12/12/2014 11:26 PM

California Senate leader Kevin de León has eliminated a legislative staff unit that focused on government oversight, a creation of his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

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UTSanDiego: How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

Private Eye

Union law firm’s ‘candidate researchers’ face felony charges for Costa Mesa incident

By Steven Greenhut
Dec. 12, 2014

The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence.

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Cell Phone Encryption - NSA

Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA


By Joshua Brustein
December 11, 2014

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy


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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SFChronicle: 2016 election poised for initiative avalanche

Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Updated 5:07 pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014

If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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Some tribes see marijuana sales as a potential source of revenue, similar to cigarette sales and casino gambling, which have brought a financial boon to reservations across the country.

By Timothy M. Phelps
December 11, 2014

The Justice Department will generally not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations.

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Orange County District Attorney

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 1:11 pm | Updated: 7:59 pm, Thu Dec 11, 2014.

The Orange County District Attorney’s office Thursday charged two private investigators with multiple felonies related to their alleged efforts to trap two Costa Mesa City Council members in embarrassing or illegal acts, according to a DA news release.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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DMV Illegal License Format

By Patrick McGreevy
December 11, 2014

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

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CCTimes: House members urge AG to nix hospital sale

Prime Healthcare

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren led 16 other California House members Thursday in urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to a for-profit company they say has a history of unfair business practices.

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ACLU remains “confident” discriminatory behavior exists

Posted Dec. 10, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday a class action lawsuit by the ACLU that alleges discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at the West Valley Detention Center “lack(ed) merit.”

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Walt Disney Company

A investigative news report said Walt Disney Co. was among more than two dozen firms that engaged in complex deals in Luxembourg to avoid U.S. taxes.

By Dean Starkman
December 10, 2014

Walt Disney Co., giant conglomerate Koch Industries Inc. and other companies channeled hundreds of millions of dollars in profits through units based in Luxembourg in secret deals designed to avoid paying U.S. taxes, according to a new report.

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By Dan Walters
12/10/2014 11:36 AM

California’s once-soaring population growth slowed markedly during the last two decades, barely keeping pace with the nation as a whole since 2000, and a new Census Bureau report indicates that the state’s growth will continue that pattern for the next half-century due largely to slowing birth and immigration rates.

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Ontario International Airport

By Hugo Martin
December 10, 2014

With fuel prices dropping and airline profits soaring, travelers could reap the benefits with a 5% drop in fares next year, according to a trade group for the world’s airlines.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County patients moved for 2-day nurses strike


By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:56 AM PST | Updated: 59 secs ago

COLTON >> Hundreds of county nurses did not show up for work Tuesday as the nurses union began a two-day strike, demanding higher wages and protesting working conditions.

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The PE: EASTVALE: City employees could get raises


An assistant city manager position also would be created and filled if the acting city manager’s plan is approved

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:00 p.m.

A proposal to give Eastvale employees a raise and reorganize City Hall staff by creating a new assistant city manager post will go the the City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

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

Gloria Fisher

Gloria Fisher, who has served 18 months as interim president, has no bachelor’s degree or academic doctoral degree. District administrators defend her qualifications.

Published: Dec. 9, 2014 Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 8:55 a.m.

Current and former faculty of San Bernardino Valley College have raised concerns about the qualifications of the school’s newly named president, Gloria Fisher.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprse, click here.


By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 8:12 PM PST |

REDLANDS >> The Redlands City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss filling a vacancy following Pete Aguilar’s vacating his seat.

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Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/09/14, 9:57 PM PST | Updated: 30 secs ago

YUCAIPA >> The Yucaipa City Council has welcomed a new council member and said goodbye to Councilman Tom Masner.

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City urges delay amid call for talks, volunteers to help change property tax formula

Posted Dec. 9, 2014 @ 6:55 pm
Updated Dec 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

VICTORVILLE — Calling for a valleywide discussion regarding the number of correctional facilities in the area, the city announced late Tuesday that it was “fundamentally opposed” to a proposed prison to house Los Angeles County inmates near the Adelanto-Victorville border.

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Utah Highway Patrol

For those that believe cops are a bunch of sheeting-wearing racist jerks.

Four state troopers drove elderly woman
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 | By: AOL Staff

A woman in Utah was able to be by her gravely ill son’s bed side Friday because of the kindness of a string of Utah Highway patrolmen who drover her half way across the state.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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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


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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By Matea Gold
December 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

{This post has been updated.}

The end-of-year spending bill deal crafted by congressional leaders Tuesday would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul.

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InlandPolitics: Is The Sun in the county’s pocket or what?

The Sun

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County’s pocket?

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InlandPolitics: Nurses strike affecting area hospitals


Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A two day strike by more than 1,000 San Bernardino County nurses is being felt across the Inland Empire with emergency and other patients being deferred to other area hospitals.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:50 PM PST | Updated: 21 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A special meeting of the City Council will discuss the performance of City Manager Allen Parker in closed session on Wednesday, after Parker refused Mayor Carey Davis’ request to resign.

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Paul Chabot

Republican candidate Paul Chabot speaks with a supporter on the phone as he waits for election returns to come in Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot lost to Pete Aguilar. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:23 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

On Nov. 6, Republican Paul Chabot lost his bid for the 31st Congressional District, ending up 3,460 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, out of nearly 100,000 votes cast. But it didn’t have to be that way, Chabot writes in a report posted Monday afternoon on his website: Financial support from the national Republican Party could have made all the difference.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/09/14, 12:26 AM PST |

UPLAND >> Unable to gain a majority approval; the City Council Monday night voted down a six-month contract for an interim police chief.

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Prime Healthcare Services

Posted Dec. 8, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

VICTORVILLE — Prime Healthcare CEO Dr. Prem Reddy said Monday that the fifth-largest hospital system in the U.S. plans to go public in the next two to three years.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA buildout continues


Posted Dec. 8, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Dec 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The largely occupied Southern California Logistics Airport is going to boast a new industrial building on 22 acres that will help provide additional space to accommodate demand, a joint venture company announced Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/08/2014 7:13 PM

The state licenses and regulates dozens of professions and occupations – doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, just to name some.

Lawyers are conspicuously absent from that list.

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On Monday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced details of programs to back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%.

By Jim Puzzanghera, E. Scott Reckard
December 9, 2010

Housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Monday detailed plans to once again back mortgages with down payments as low as 3%, saying the move to make home ownership more accessible contains safeguards to protect against abuses that led to the subprime housing market crash.

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Union critiques of superiors at Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office will be anonymous and public. Not everyone is thrilled.

Published: Dec. 8, 2014 Updated: 9:49 p.m.

Hundreds of Orange County deputies and investigators will grade their bosses at the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Offices, then publicly share those opinions in the union’s monthly newsletter.

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National Journal

By Billy House
December 8, 2014

As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

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NYTimes: G.O.P. Donors Seek to Anoint a 2016 Nominee Early

Jeb Bush+Mitt Romney+Chris Christie

From left: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Mitt Romney, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey were thought to be the top three potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 with the largest existing base of top-tier contributors. (Credit Jonathan Ernst/Reuters; Alex Wong/Getty Images; Mel Evans/Associated Press)

DEC. 8, 2014

Dozens of the Republican Party’s leading presidential donors and fund-raisers have begun privately discussing how to clear the field for a single establishment candidate to carry the party’s banner in 2016, fearing that a prolonged primary would bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate.

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Sheldon Adelson

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, are considering forming their own super PAC to direct their campaign contributions. (John Locher/Associated Press)

By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
December 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Efforts by potential Republican presidential candidates to win over wealthy donors have set off a series of contests for their support that could stall the GOP race for months.

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Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare gambit

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to local lawmakers behind closed doors during a news conference at the Warren County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday, June 17, 2011. McConnell is disputing the Justice Department’s defense of prosecuting terrorism suspects in Kentucky, saying the case is unique. McConnell wants the two Iraqis tried in Guantanamo Bay rather than in civilian court in Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)


Behind closed doors, Republicans are plotting one last tilt at the Affordable Care Act.
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Manu Raju
12/8/14 8:15 PM EST

In high-level strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Republicans are going through reams of historical information and sitting through marathon slide show presentations, trying to figure out how to gut Obamacare through a complicated budget process that requires only a simple majority — a sign of how seriously they’re taking their best shot yet at dealing a long-term blow to the health care law.

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Published: Dec. 7, 2014 Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Studies show that wealthy special interests have limited success supporting ballot measures that would benefit them economically – but they do a lot better when it comes to defeating ballot measures that could hurt their pocketbook.

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An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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The Sun: Colton City Council changes its ethics policy


By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 12/06/14, 9:44 PM PST |

COLTON >> In an effort to create transparency and garner trust from the community, the newly seated City Council passed a series of changes last week to its ethics policy that include prohibiting city employees and relatives of council members from sitting on city commissions and committees.

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Joe Dunn

The board of the State Bar of California last month fired its executive director, Joe Dunn, shown here at a 2004 hearing. (Robert Lachman)

By Maura Dolan
December 6, 2014

The agency that regulates California’s lawyers is once again beset with conflict, riddled by accusations involving expense accounts and ethics.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gove.Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, D.C., on December 1, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
December 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016. If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner. But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties.

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The Sentinel: Cadiz Water Project is environmentally safe & economically advantageous

The Sentinel

By Richard Sierra, Business Manager
Laborers International Union of North America, Local 783
Posted on December 5, 2014

(December 2) Recently, Congressman Paul Cook sent a letter to the US Department of the Interior recommending against any further federal environmental review of the water project proposed by local renewable resources company Cadiz, Inc. This new position of support by Congressman Cook is a logical and positive change; one that promotes economic growth, jobs and safe water resource conservation. It is a welcome development for those of us fighting for sustainable economic development in the Inland Empire.

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Orange County District Attorney

Related Documents: DA 2011 Report on Fairgrounds

Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 9:38 am, Thu Dec 4, 2014.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has once again cleared the Orange County Fair Board’s former Republican majority of any criminal wrongdoing relating to their efforts in 2009 to privatize the 163-acre fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 5, 2014

(December 3) San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis will be without a chief of staff as of January 1, pursuant to a vote of the San Bernardino City Council on Monday.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, shown at his sentencing in October, surrendered Friday to begin serving his 51-day term under house arrest. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
December 5, 2014

It took state investigators more than five years to build a criminal case against Richard Alarcon.

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Janet Nguyen disputes grand jury report

The state ethics agency is investigating whether some supporters of Sen. Janet Nguyen’s 2012 campaign for Orange County Supervisor were improperly reimbursed by others for their contributions. (Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 5, 2014

A Superior Court judge on Friday ruled that the state’s ethics agency could subpoena financial records as part of an investigation into possible political money laundering involving 11 supporters of newly elected state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

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SacBee: California’s tax battle looms in ’16

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
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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Sandra Hutchens

O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

Published: Dec. 5, 2014 Updated: 8:44 p.m.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens this week joined the county’s top prosecutor in defending the use of jailhouse informants placed in cells wired to capture recorded confessions.

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