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WashPost: Obama: America wants ‘that new car smell’

New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

The PE: EASTVALE: New city hall may be built


The city rents office space in a shopping center but has a fund for a new building

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 Updated: Nov. 22, 2014 5:43 p.m.

Where Al’s Corner bar used to be, Eastvale’s long-awaited city hall building could rise.

The Eastvale City Council earlier this month gave approval to a proposal to look into placing a city hall – with a city council chambers – on 1.6 acres of vacant land the city inherited from Riverside County.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
11/22/2014 9:02 PM

As he sought re-election to his fourth and last term as governor this year, Jerry Brown crowed about a “California comeback” after weathering the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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SFChronicle: Tuition hikes at the University of Compensation

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 4:04 pm, Friday, November 21, 2014

UC Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was “apoplectic” at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. “In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid,” said Blum, “I’d have nothing but empty desks.” And: “You’ve got to get real about this stuff.”

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SacBee: Pay for CalPERS board members varies widely


By Jon Ortiz
11/22/2014 10:40 PM

Over the years, longtime CalPERS board member Priya Mathur has drawn widely varying amounts for her service. One year she received $18,500. Last year, it was $118,900.

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: Waiting for the other shoe to drop on Prisonville


Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

It really looks as if Prisonville, commonly known as the city of Adelanto, is going to welcome construction of a couple more private prison facilities.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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By Tiffany Hsu
November 21, 2104

The California unemployment rate held steady at 7.3% in October, even as the state generated the largest increase in jobs in the nation.

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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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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law


By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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Politico: House Intel Committee dismisses some Benghazi myths

U.S. House of Representatives

By Lauren French
11/21/14 7:24 PM EST

The House Intelligence Committee dismissed on Friday a number of the most persistent myths about the 2012 terrorist attacks at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

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The Sun: Adelanto Council approves two more prisons


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/20/14, 12:25 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

ADELANTO >> The City Council late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning tentatively approved a fourth and fifth private prison in this High Desert community, which will bring with them six additional sheriff’s deputies for the city.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
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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$3.3 Billion

That’s how much customers must pay for nuclear power plant’s closure.

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 11:24 p.m.

Electricity customers will pay $3.3 billion for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to a settlement approved Thursday.

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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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By Ed O’Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund
November 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

President Obama unveiled a long-awaited series of changes to the nation’s immigration policies Thursday evening. While most of the details have yet to be announced, here’s a general overview of what to expect in the coming months, based on information provided by the White House:

Who’s in?

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport ruling now in judge’s hands


Published: Nov. 19, 2014 Updated: 4:58 p.m.

The validity of decades-old agreements that gave ownership and control of Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles now await a judge’s decision after the window closed Wednesday on additional arguments.

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

Adelanto Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/19/14, 3:20 PM PST |

ADELANTO >> The city council tonight will consider proposals for two more prisons in this city, and protestors are expected to be in attendance to voice opposition.

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low


Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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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
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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Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente covers 7.3 million Californians. A company official said the HMO’s rate hikes for employers are running slightly below the 5% trend nationally and in California. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

By Chad Terhune
November 19, 2014

Southern California employers expect their health-benefit costs to rise 4.8% next year as the economy recovers and mandates under the federal health law kick in, a new survey shows.

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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The Sun: San Bernardino given six months to come up with bankruptcy exit plan

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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Gary Ovitt

San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, right, expresses his appreciation to friends and colleagues during his final Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in San Bernardino. “I’m so thankful to all of you for all that you’ve done,” he said. (Photo by Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 6:42 PM PST | Updated: 39 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Gary Ovitt said goodbye Tuesday to a packed Board of Supervisors chamber, with a message: “This job for me has been all about building relationships with people,” he said, wearing his familiar bow tie and a crisp dark suit.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
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
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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Politico: GOP mulls its own immigration plan


By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
11/18/14 – 1:08 PM EST

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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The Sun: San Bernardino pulls move toward outsourcing police

San Bernardino Seal

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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California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be


Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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SacBee: California tax revenue beating estimates

Tax Reform

By David Siders
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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Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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Politico: Democrats lash out at Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

House members go on the record with rare open criticism of their leaders.

By John Bresnahan and Lauren French
Updated 11/18/14 10:50 AM EST

The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

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VVDailyPress: Local politicians tie the knot

Angela Valles+Rick Roelle

Roelle, Valles get married on Maui

Posted Nov. 14, 2014 @ 7:01 pm
Updated Nov 14, 2014 at 7:11 PM

APPLE VALLEY — It was a wedding in tropical paradise for two people who’ve spent much of their lives in the local political spotlight.

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By Michael Finnegan
November 16, 2014

Less than two weeks after winning a fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to collect more money for his reelection committee Monday at a Sacramento reception with lobbyists and their clients.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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By Dan Keating and Jason Millman
November 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

People shopping on the marketplace that reopened Saturday have more options this year than they did last year, but the options usually will be costlier.

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Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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IEBusinessDaily: San Bernardino Continues Self-Immolation


IE Business Daily

November 15, 2014

The City of San Bernardino has a long history of rejecting private investment opportunities within her boundaries. Opposition to private development both large and small have ranged from objections to minor land use changes to the adoption of strict foothill development codes to rejection of the reuse of existing railroad right of ways for an intermodal facility at former Norton Air Force Base.

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Take your raise, supervisor is told

Kevin Jeffries

Kevin Jeffries sought to be excluded from recent pay raises, which he voted against, but the county HR director says that would go against state law.

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is getting a raise, whether he wants one or not.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves raises along with other top elected officials. They extended a previously set formula that ties supervisors’ salaries to 80 percent of what a Superior Court judge makes.

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

Larry Vaupel

Larry Vaupel, former economic development manager for the city of Riverside, begins his new job as director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency, on Monday.

By From Staff Reports
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Riverside’s former economic development manager has been appointed director of San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Agency.

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Ontario International Airport

A passenger jet on approach to L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:28 PM PST | Updated: 54 secs ago

Admitting fault, attorneys for Ontario contended Friday that the Ontario airport never was sold to Los Angeles because the procedures followed by the local electors were flawed.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/14/14, 9:29 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Democrats Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres, the Inland Empire’s newly elected congressional members, will spend the next few days learning the ins and outs of Washington during the new member orientation.

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Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert

November 14th, 201 – 9:25 am

Rep. Ken Calvert is headed back to Washington. And once again, he’s doing it as head of California’s Republican congressional delegation.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

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By Christopher Cadelago
11/14/2014 9:52 PM

The state’s political ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the California Republican Party violated campaign finance rules in the Central Valley’s 21st Assembly District.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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SacBee: California officials ponder all-mail voting

Absentee Ballot

By Christopher Cadelago
11/15/2014 8:20 AM

When all the ballots are finally tallied from last week’s election, the proportion of Californians voting by mail is expected to break the record set in 2012, the first time more than half of the state’s electorate voted absentee.

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Field Poll

By Josh Richman
Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

California was an exception to the Republican wave that swept the nation in Nov. 4’s low-turnout midterm election in part because Californians are happier than the rest of the nation with how things are going, according to a new Field Poll memo.

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Orange County Register

Newspaper boxes outside the Orange County Register in Santa Ana. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri
November 14, 2014

The Orange County Register is now asking its reporters and other staff members to deliver papers.

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UTSanDiego: Why millennials don’t buy homes


By Jonathan Horn
Nov. 14, 2014 – 01:47 p.m.

Whether it’s a scar from the Great Recession, being overwhelmed with student loan debt, or having the ability to move for a career, America’s generation of young professionals just aren’t buying homes the way their parents did, a UBS executive said in La Jolla Thursday.

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SacBee: CalPERS drops nearly 15,000 from state health rolls


By Jon Ortiz
11/14/2014 1:44 PM

CalPERS has dropped health coverage for nearly 9,000 people over the last year after a sweeping audit revealed they weren’t eligible for benefits received through state-worker and state-retiree health plans.

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Politico: President Obama on immigration: Why wait?

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks on a conference call from the Oval Office. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


Post-election events help clarify internal White House debate on timing.
By Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown
11/14/14 7:11 PM EST

An internal debate over the timing of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration has raged for months, with White House officials gaming out options to minimize the collateral damage yet failing to reach consensus on the best moment to act before their year-end deadline.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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Curt Hagman, Chino Hills Councilman.HAND-IN: 8-1-07

San Bernardino County Supervisor-elect Curt Hagman.

Published: Nov. 13, 2014 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

On paper, things looked good for Gloria Negrete McLeod as she sought to go from Capitol Hill to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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

LATimes: California pension funds are running dry

John Chiang

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

By Marc Lifsher
November 13, 2014

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

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By Jon Ortiz
11/13/2014 12:54 PM

Former Democratic state Sen. Joe Dunn is suing his former employer, the State Bar of California, alleging that the bar’s board wrongfully fired him as executive director after he reported illegal activities and ethical breaches by high-ranking officials in the quasi-governmental agency.

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National Journal

Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth, at Ontario International Airport July 25, 2014. (John Valenzuela — Staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/12/14, 7:59 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario and Los Angeles are expected to make their cases Friday as to whether the sale of what is now L.A./Ontario International Airport should have been outright sold to Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago or should have gone to the public for a vote.

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SacBee: California pollsters fret about future turnout


By Christopher Cadelago
11/12/2014 3:15 PM

California’s premier public opinion gurus on Wednesday offered some sobering thoughts about possible continued voter apathy in non-presidential elections. But first, an observation about a pair of Democratic statewide officeholders believed to harbor ambitions of even higher office.

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Allen Young, Staff Writer
Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 12, 2014 – 2:37pm PST

Although the state’s political stage is still filled with bickering over whether the California comeback is real, another economic snapshot has reinforced some optimism: California has advanced two slots to No. 37 on the Forbes ” Best States for Business and Careers” list.

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For Sale

After years of boom and bust, home prices and sales in Southern California are now responding to the very thing they should: job and income growth, not loose lending standards or investors, economists and real estate analysts say.

By Andrew Khouri
November 12, 2014

The Southern California housing market took a step back last month, as home sales fell and price gains slowed. But homeowners shouldn’t despair and would-be buyers might even rejoice, analysts say.

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By Jeremy B. White
11/12/2014 1:45 PM

On the verge of granting hundreds of thousands of drivers licenses to immigrants in the country unlawfully, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will extend its hours and offer more appointments next year.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh
Wed Nov 12, 2014 – 6:53pm EST


(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. Congress will soon move to kill a medical device tax imposed less than two years ago under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, congressional aides and analysts said on Wednesday.

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Individual party members are refloating their proposals, but leadership isn’t going to push forward on any of them.

By Sam Baker
November 12, 2014

Republicans’ pledge to “repeal and replace” Obamacare will never die, and yet it is not really alive. It is the undead—and it has risen again.

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The Sun: Election 2014: Colton, Rialto races still too close to call

Election Results

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/11/14, 10:09 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

With more than 15,000 ballots still left to count countywide, races in Colton and Rialto have some candidates still hoping to steal back top spots that had appeared to be theirs early in the race last week.

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By Jim Miller
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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Irvine Seal

For the 10th straight year, Irvine was ranked by the FBI as the safest U.S. city with a population of more than 100,000.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
November 11, 2014

The lowest violent-crime rate in city history last year netted Irvine its 10th straight title as the safest big city in the nation, officials announced this week.

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The Sun: Former San Bernardino official Robert Jenkins pleads guilty

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/10/14, 1:49 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to all 30 counts against him as part of a deal that will result in a sentence of 180 days.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick Wright, with his attorney Winston Kevin McKesson, left, listens to a judge after jury convicted him in January of fraud and perjury for living outside his Senate district. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
Novembver 10, 2014

Attorneys for former state Sen. Roderick Wright said Monday they have filed a notice of appeal of Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud for lying about living in his district.

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Democratiec Assemblyman Ian Calderon has agreed to pay fines for not disclosing income.

By Patrick McGreevy
November 11, 2014

There is more legal trouble for the once politically powerful Calderon family.

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By Laurel Rosenhall
11/10/2014 7:53 PM

Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

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Alan Long

Teen Cheerleaders Sue Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Over Alleged DUI Crash

By Veronica Rocha
November 11, 2014

Melissa Reynolds, a cheerleader from Murrieta Valley High School, may not be able to rally crowds of students again, her attorney said.

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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote checks to Sens. Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, as well as House GOP leader John Boehner and Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi. | AP Photo

By Tony Romm
11/11/14 5:05 AM EST

A poor showing in the midterm elections taught the well-heeled tech moguls at Google, Facebook and Yahoo a lesson about 2016: There’s a limit to what their endless cash can buy.

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The Sun: San Bernardino sees more votes amid historically low turnout


Voters across the Inland Empire take to the polls Nov. 4, to vote on a variety of candidates to various ballot measures.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:29 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Record-low voter turnout throughout the state, including San Bernardino County, had an anomaly Tuesday — significant turnout growth in the city of San Bernardino.

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Joe Baca

Then-state Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for a House seat on Nov. 16, 1999, in San Bernardino. Baca says he is retiring from politics after losing the Fontana mayoral race. (AP Photo)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/09/14, 7:21 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

After 34 years of public service, three consecutive failed elections, including one in Fontana that raised hopes for a comeback, veteran politician Joe Baca said he’s calling it quits for now.

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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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SacBee: CalSTRS pensions grew faster than pay, inflation


Ed Mendel
Monday, November 10, 2014

A new look at how CalSTRS members changed during the last 15 years shows the average teacher working fewer years, retiring at an older age and collecting a pension that grew faster than pay or inflation.

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LATimes: With mid-term elections over, state politicians jump to 2016, beyond

Barbara Boxer

A U.S. senator for 22 years, Barbara Boxer will next face voters in 2016 if she decides to seek reelection. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)

By Cathleen Decker
October 8, 2014

Now the real fun begins.

For California politicos who spent the last year yawning over a predictable top-of-the-ticket race, what has been shimmering in the distance is suddenly much closer. The next few statewide elections hold the promise of turnover unseen in a generation.

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