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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed

Published: May 5, 2015 Updated: – 4:41 p.m.

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/15, 3:16 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Four developers are finalists to build on the 43-acre property occupied by Carousel Mall, and most likely, the mall will be demolished to make way for new development, a city official said during a broker roundtable Tuesday.

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Valero Wilmington Refinery

The Valero refinery in Wilmington on Monday. (Steve McCrank – Staff Photographer)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/05/15, 7:29 PM PDT |

A new report from Consumer Watchdog confirms what Southland motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes.

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waterdrop

By Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
May 5, 2015

State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Calderon

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 5, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

What began as a push by two California newspaper groups for the calendars of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee may ultimately broaden public access to legislative business and change the way lawmakers operate at the Capitol.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 5, 2015

Every state budget cycle has its own narrative, but this year’s version is in a class by itself.

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City of Industry

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Abby Sewell
May 5, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the embattled City of Industry, including any dealings officials there might have had with surrounding cities.

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Magnifying Glass

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

By Chris Megerian and Abby Sewell
May 5, 2016

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

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Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

A culture of high-pressure sales encouraged employees to engage “in unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct,” the suit says.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 4, 2015

Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation.

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Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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Recall

By Emily Foxhall
May 4, 2015

A group behind the effort to recall an Orange County Superior Court judge filed the necessary paperwork Monday with the county’s Registrar of Voters to get the process underway.

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Gas Prices

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/04/15, 6:52 PM PDT |

Southern California gas prices are rising fast, and the rate of acceleration is far outpacing the national average.

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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 4, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins the program. First, Lou and Jay talk about the shooting this weekend at a Muhammad cartoon event. Then, they talk about the downfalls of the Affordable Care Act and the negative effects on the medical industry.

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Riverside-County-Seal

The county’s top attorney says the investigative panel doesn’t understand his office’s role. The grand jury was reviewing the county IT department.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: May 3, 2015 9:02 p.m.

A civil grand jury has accused Riverside County’s internal law office of interfering with its review of the county’s information technology department.

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

U-T San Diego: Edison alliances led to San Onofre deal

SCE

Company saw window of opportunity to bring critics on board

By Morgan Lee
May 2, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

Among the documents released this past week regarding closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant was an email showing executives with majority owner Southern California Edison cooperating with traditional adversaries with an eye toward “getting our money back.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 3, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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Money Printing Press

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/02/2015 – 04:17:37 PM PDT
Updated: 05/02/2015 – 04:26:59 PM PDT

Just because Gov. Jerry Brown has already run his last election campaign doesn’t mean wealthy contributors can no longer find a way to his heart.

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MIchael Florio

Michel Peter Florio

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 2, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 – 11:39pm

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was present when the agency’s president pressured Southern California utilities to funnel $25 million to a pet cause last year played a pivotal role in keeping the lobbying secret, according to the account of a top utility executive.

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The Sacramento Bee: A shakedown by any other name

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

Michael Peevey is no Ron Calderon.

Peevey never would think to take $3,000 in cash to cover some kid’s tuition payment, as the feds say former state Sen. Calderon did. Nor would he ask a supposed studio executive, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, to hire a relative.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

California’s shrill, drought-driven debate over water has become a Hydra Lernaia – a multi-headed aquatic monster.

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Politico: Hollywood bundlers are losing the spotlight

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 12:  In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Clooney;Barack Obama

Washington – October 12 : In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) talks about Sudan with actor George Clooney during a meeting outside the Oval Office October 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Politico

Power shifts to those who write giant checks, rather than collect many smaller ones.

By Todd S. Purdum
5/3/15 – 7:50 AM EDT
Updated 5/3/15 10:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES – In the wide-open, Wild West world of political fundraising spawned by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, a once-bright liberal star has dimmed a bit in the current presidential election cycle: The Hollywood bundler.

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Politico: Hillary Clinton’s big-money dilemma

Democratic Presidential hopeful and former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton participates in a small business roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15, 2015 in Norwalk, Iowa. Mrs. Clinton has spent the last two days in Iowa to focus on smaller communities in Iowa and have discussions about how to make the economy work for everyday Americans.  AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL B. THOMAS        (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Clinton campaign’s go-small political message is butting up against 2016’s big bucks reality. / Getty

Politico

By Glenn Thrush and Anna Palmer
5/1/15 – 6:23 PM EDT

There is a growing realization inside Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters and among the wider circle of Democratic operatives that coming up with the requisite $1 billion to $2.5 billion in campaign and super PAC cash for the 2016 campaign will be a lot tougher than anticipated — and demands a more aggressive approach to out-of-the-gate fundraising.

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Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland governor and potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands on Tuesday, May 5, for a talk at Esri. (Winn McNamee/Getty Images)

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 11:21 p.m.

Former Maryland governor and potential presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will be in Redlands next week as he faces questions about his political future following turmoil in a city he led for eight years.

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

World Logistics Center

A key report on what would be the U.S.’s largest such complex is out; a public hearing will be in June.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:55 p.m.

A development battle in Moreno Valley that has been brewing for three years moved closer Friday, May 1, with release of a final environmental report on a warehouse center that would transform the city’s eastside and become the country’s largest logistics facility.

To read story by Imran Ghori and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 – 7:04 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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gavel

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/01/2015 – 01:23:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/01/2015 – 03:05:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A groundbreaking tentative court ruling that orders the release of two disgraced state lawmakers’ appointment schedules has sparked “great consternation” at the Capitol, an attorney for the Legislature told a judge Friday.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber and Paul Pringle
May 1, 2015

Responding to defense allegations of “outrageous prosecutorial misconduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

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California Money

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

May 1, 2015

California income tax collections in April exceeded Brown administration estimates by more than $1.6 billion, according to data posted Friday by the state controller’s office, pushing income tax revenue for the year $8 billion higher than during a comparable period in 2013-14.

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Money

By Maura Dolan
May 1, 2015

California may require charities that raise money in the state to disclose the names of major contributors, a federal appeals court decided Friday.

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GOP

By Jean Merl
May 1, 2015

The GOP has added two more Californians to its list of House members it considers most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Hillary Clinton

By Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson, Associated Press
May 1, 2015

Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Philip Bump

The Fix
By Philip Bump
May 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The last time Barack Obama ran for president, he had overwhelming support from Hispanic voters. According to exit polling, Hispanics backed the Democratic president by a 44-point margin. And with one out of every 10 votes coming from Hispanics, that helped Obama trounce Mitt Romney.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Baltimore, Hillary and the NFL Draft

Lou Desmond

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about Baltimore. After a week of unrest, six officers were charged this morning in the death of Freddie Gray. But can the prosecutor make the case?

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Up Arrow

The comparative numbers are pushed by increased international passenger traffic that began April 2014

Published: April 30, 2015 – 3:17 p.m.

Ontario International Airport saw a 1.75 percent increase in passenger traffic for March compared to the same month last year, with international travelers bringing up the numbers because of flights that were added in April of last year.

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

Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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San Onofre

Southern California Edison Co. is the majority owner of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente. (David McNew / Getty Images)

By Jim Peltz
April 30, 2015

Southern California Edison Co. denied that a private meeting between one of its past executives and the state’s former top utilities regulator influenced the company’s nearly $5-billion settlement of costs covering the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Los Angeles DWP

The front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

By Jack Dolan
April 30, 2015

Two nonprofit trusts created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and financed with more than $40 million from ratepayers paid millions to vendors without competitive bids, overpaid top managers and let them charge personal travel, gasoline and other items without filing expense reports, city audits released Thursday showed.

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waterdrop

By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
dsiders@sacbee.com

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
April 30, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Gambling and liquor interests wielded a big stick in the state Capitol during the mid-20th century.

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By Chris Kirkham
April 30, 2015

California’s low-wage workers are older and more educated than they were three decades ago — but they earn less, according to new research from UC Berkeley.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Local Headlines, Business By Faith, NFL Draft

Lou Desmond

Thursday, April 30, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou and show producer Collin cover some news of the day. California Senate considers to bill to curb poverty, deportations are reported down under the Obama administration, and kids in Tennessee were served meat from 2009.

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Politico: Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 23, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Politico

Donors are having second thoughts about big giving as accusations fly about Hillary Clinton’s role.

By Kenneth P. Vogel
4/30/15 – 6:02 AM EDT
Updated 4/30/15 11:42 AM EDT

A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared an update on his first 100 days in office with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

Published: April 28, 2015
Updated: April 29, 2015 1:31 p.m.

After 100 days in office, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared a glimpse with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday of the steps he has taken so far and his long-term plans to reshape the organization after years of recession-shrunk budgets, staff and resources.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Daily Press: Obernolte transparency bills clear committees

Jay Obernolte

Obernolte

By Staff reports
Posted Apr. 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM
Updated Apr 29, 2015 at 9:06 PM

SACRAMENTO — Two bills dealing with government transparency authored by 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte cleared committees Wednesday, setting the stage for them to move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, his office said.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
April 29, 2015

The former head of the California Public Utilities Commission pressured two Southern California utilities last year to make donations to a school at UCLA where he then landed a post on an advisory board, documents revealed Wednesday show.

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San Onofre

By Amita Sharma
Apr 29, 2015

Sorrentino’s Pizza owner Patrick Quinn is tired of watching the energy bill at his San Diego restaurant go up each month.

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U-T San Diego: Edison releases emails in San Onofre probe

SCE

By Jeff McDonald
April 29, 2015 – 6:50 p.m.

Southern California Edison responded Wednesday to an order from state utility regulators that the company hand over all of its communications about settling the costs of the premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: All the Headlines, with Adrian Moore

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight. Lou and Adrian discuss a number of news stories, starting with the County’s $650,000 payment to Francis Pusok. The check will be short $30,000, withheld because of owed child support.

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InlandPolitics: Economy not so hot after all

GDP

+0.2%

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 08:15 a.m.

It would appear the economy isn’t so hot after all.

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Straight Face Emoticon

Eight of 10 fastest-moving real estate markets are in California; four are on the southern coast; The Inland area ranks No. 35 according to Trulia online real estate service

Published: April 28, 2015 – Updated: 4:10 p.m.

The Inland Southern California housing market, a bastion for bargain home sales when foreclosures peppered the region, has had a lethargic sales pace in 2015, a new Trulia report shows.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drought

Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Updated 7:42 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

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Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 28, 2015

Two bills that would regulate medical marijuana in different ways in California were approved Tuesday by an Assembly panel, although lawmakers said more work needs to be done to address concerns and settle on one scheme.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Tom Del Beccaro joins the show to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Find out his platform and how you can be part of his campaign. Then Lou and Tom discuss the situation in Baltimore and what the community needs to truly move forward from this.

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Daily Press: County cuts $650k check

SBCO

Sheriff’s Department still investigating threats, not releasing names of deputies

By Anneli Fogt
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM

APPLE VALLEY — San Bernardino County on Monday cut a $650,000 settlement check as part of the agreement reached with Francis Pusok, whose beating by Sheriff’s deputies was caught on video by a TV news helicopter April 9.

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Money

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Frank Shyong and Ruben Vives
April 27, 2015

A 20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor’s rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town’s former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

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I Voted

By Patrick McGreevy
April 27, 2015

A proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license was approved Monday by a state Assembly panel after Secretary of State Alex Padilla noted there are about 6.7 million state residents who are eligible but not registered.

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on-strike

By Andrew Khouri
April 27, 2015

Some truck drivers who haul goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach walked off the job Monday, launching a protest against four trucking firms they accuse of wage theft.

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Monday, April 27, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Jay Prag joins Lou to talk about California’s economy. Riverside is setting strong economic goals and taking steps to plan for the future. Last week technology stocks closed at their highest. What dose that mean for the Inland Empire?

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FBI Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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FBI

Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/27/2015 12:01 AM

Some call them “tax expenditures,” while others use the more pejorative “tax loopholes.”

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is photographed during a round-table discussion in Keene, N.H., on April 20. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)

By Cathleen Decker
April 26, 2015

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks both boosted and complicated by the veneer of inevitability.

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Politico Magazine: Bill and Hillary’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

For four years the Clintons roamed the world separately, she for the State Department, he for his foundation, talking the whole time. Does that add up to scandal?

Politico

By Michael Hirsh
April 25, 2015

To get to the bottom of the latest incarnation of Clinton-gate, you’re going to have to get inside one of the most impenetrable marriages ever. Good luck with that.

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The Press-Enterprise: REGION: City consultants bring benefits, concerns

Consulting

In wake of this week’s raids in Beaumont, other cities say they have safeguards to prevent problems.

Published: April 24, 2015 Updated: April 25, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When Menifee became a city in 2008, a consultant ran the show.

A firm, Winzler & Kelly, hired experienced managers to make decisions about real estate, public safety contracts, finances and other issues.

To read story by Stephen Wall and Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

City of Industry

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/25/15, 9:51 PM PDT |

INDUSTRY>> An audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by former Mayor Dave Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.

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water-dam

By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/26/2015 12:17 AM

MEADOW VALLEY– High above a landscape parched by unremitting drought, Meadow Valley Creek courses through the northern Sierra Nevada and pools in a stand of alders behind a tiny, concrete dam.

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willie-brown_4945

Opinion
By Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Published Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 10:19 pm

My prediction that Hillary Rodham Clinton was inviting nothing but trouble by announcing early that she’s running for president is starting to come true.

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The Sun: Community, city leaders discuss future San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 04/24/15, 7:39 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> As the city looks for a way to exist beyond bankruptcy, its charter once again was part of the discussion Friday as leaders and the public gathered for a strategy meeting designed to find ways to guide the city.

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Christina Gagnier

Democratic Assembly candidate Christina Gagnier

Published: April 24, 2015 – Updated: 9:17 a.m.

Former congressional candidate Christina Gagnier has set her sights on an Inland state Assembly seat next year.

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

California Money

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
04/25/2015 – 11:17 AM

California income tax collections in April have already exceeded the Brown administration’s January estimates, underscoring the surge of higher-than-expected money flowing into the state treasury and possibly offering health and welfare programs – not just schools – a piece of the windfall.

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Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, right, visits a Century City bank branch in July 2013 with Steven A. Sugarman, president and chief executive officer of Banc of California, Inc. Villaraigosa is an advisor to the bank. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Finnegan
April 24, 2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, voiced concern Friday that the Democratic Party was “kind of stuck in last year,” saying he expected the former secretary of state to face “a very close election” for president.

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NFL

By Scott M. Reid, Staff Writer
April 24, 2015 – Updated 7:37 p.m.

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, after months of expressing caution about the league’s possible return to Los Angeles, characterized stadium projects in Inglewood and Carson on Friday as “viable” with the potential for long term success.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Jim Renzas, a site selector from the RHS Group, joins Lou to talk about business prospects in California. Businesses don’t want to come to California right now. What does that mean for our economy?

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Dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal that resulted in a fifteen-count grand jury indictment charging seven current and former employees, with falsification of training and pay records to defraud taxpayers, has met a final conclusion.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Nurses contract ratified

CNA

Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 10:00 p.m.

All sides of a contract dispute affecting San Bernardino County Nurses and Per Diem Nurses have given their blessing to a new contract that will run through July 2017.

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Beaumont

Published: April 23, 2015 – Updated: April 24, 2015 8:42 a.m.

In their first gathering since a regional corruption task force raided City Hall, Beaumont city leaders were hit with calls for firings and resignations.

To read story by Craig Shultz and Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Gavel

A Riverside Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the city of Los Angeles’ motion to throw out key parts of the lawsuit against it filed by Ontario over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/23/15, 10:53 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

RIVERSIDE >> It will be up to a jury to decide if Ontario can seek damages as a result of alleged malfeasance by Los Angeles World Airports over management of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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