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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino hits 40th homicide in 2016

Murder Body Outline

Friday, July 22, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for embattled San Bernardino, California.

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Shadow Lobbying

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
July 21, 2016 – :33 PM

  • Ethics panel concerned lobbyists working without proper disclosure
  • New rule aimed at requiring paper trail to ease enforcement
  • Some political attorneys complain that rule creates presumption of guilt

California’s political watchdog approved a regulatory change Thursday aimed at encouraging shadow lobbyists to disclose their efforts to influence legislation.

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NBC: Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News CEO

Fox News

By Phil Helsel
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Thursday, after days of speculation as to his future with the network after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against him by a former anchor, 21st Century Fox said.

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Capitol Weekly

By Cosmo Garvin
Posted 07.21.2016

When California introduced its Cal-Access campaign finance website, “There was nothing like it in the country,” said Rob Lapsley, who was under-Secretary of State in 2000, the year the campaign disclosure tool made its debut.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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By Alison Noon, Associated Press
Jul. 21, 2016 – 2:17 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top political watchdog is championing a bid to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose efforts to influence government officials.

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Ann-Coulter

Ann Coulter likens Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick to friend who ‘gets engaged to a loser.

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 20, 2016 – 10:20 AM

  • Conservative author tells California Republicans she hasn’t seen “one minute” of Republican National Convention
  • Coulter selling a book, speaking to California delegates far from Cleveland
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton expected to address delegates on Thursday

Sandusky, Ohio —

What kind of crowd-seeker will make the 60-mile slog from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to address the California Republican Party at its daily breakfasts here?

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California

A new CNBC report ranks California as the nation’s least business-friendly state.

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/19/16 – 6:00 PM PDT |

If you think California is a tough place to do business, you’re not alone.

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The Sentinel: Evidence DA, Grand Jury Adviser obstructed investigation growing

SBCO

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on July 16, 2016

A backlog of evidence and witnesses being accumulated by investigators with the California Attorney General’s Office looking into criminal acts and negligence in San Berardino County’s Children and Family Services Department implicates San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos and one of his employees, deputy district attorney Michael Dauber in an effort to obstruct justice, information provided by some of those witnesses shows.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 PM

  • Big public employee pension fund gained just 0.61 percent last year
  • With low earnings, its unfunded liability for benefits grows
  • Maintaining 7.5 percent earnings assumption doesn’t make sense

You can smear lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its innate porcinity.

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Covered California

Monthly premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday.

By Jonathan J. Cooper,  Associated Press
July 19, 2016 – 1:01 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Monthly premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court via a loading dock Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber
July 18, 2016

A federal judge on Monday threw out a plea agreement that would have given former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca a maximum of six months in prison, saying the sentence was too lenient considering Baca’s role in obstructing an FBI investigation into the county jails.

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calpers

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 9:11 AM

  • Pension fund’s investment gains well below target
  • Poor stock market showing drives weak results

CalPERS reported a 0.61 percent gain in investments in its latest fiscal year, the second straight year of subpar results for the big California pension fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 17, 2016 – 5:00 PM

  • Property taxes will top $60 billion this year
  • San Francisco leads with 8.8 percent increase
  • Property taxes continue to outpace state levies

County property tax assessors are reporting strong upticks in taxable values for the 2016-17 fiscal year that began July 1.

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Hedge Fund

By Ed Mendel
July 18, 2016

The two big California public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, are going opposite ways on a controversial investment strategy, hedge funds, that is under fire from a powerful teachers union.

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InlandPolitics: Baton Rouge: Six officers shot, three dead

Black-Blue Ribbon

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

People across the country awakened Sunday morning to news of another tragic and deadly assault on police officers.

This time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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RNC - 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

It’s finally here. The Republican National Convention (RNC) will start Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: More wishful thinking at airport

Dream

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s another round of wishful thinking at San Bernardino International Airport.

You remember? That $300 million boondoggle known as the airport to nowhere.

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Los Angeles

Southland economist Christopher Thornberg says California’s economy is solid, with healthy gains in employment and the housing market. Thornberg spoke Friday at a Mid-Year Economic Forecast & Trends Breakfast in Los Angeles. (File Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/15/16 – 6:15 PM PDT |

The U.S. economy is in far better shape than many might think.

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CTA

John Myers
July 14, 2016 – 4:20 P.M.

Backers of the effort to extend the lifespan of California’s tax rates on the most wealthy boosted their campaign coffers Thursday, with a $10-million contribution from the California Teachers Assn.

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Politico: Trump team scores big win as RNC writes its convention rules

RNC - Cleveland

The Never Trump movement tried to make a stand. It failed by a massive margin.

By Kyle Cheney
07/14/16 – 11:46 PM EDT

CLEVELAND — Efforts to block Donald Trump’s nomination — hyped for months by proponents as a growing grass-roots movement among Republican activists attending next week’s convention — turned out to be a flop.

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Sharon Runner

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 14, 2016 – 8:58 AM

  • Runner underwent a double lung transplant
  • Runner said earlier this year she wouldn’t seek re-election

California Sen. Sharon Runner, who returned to the Legislature last year following a double lung transplant, died Thursday. The Lancaster Republican was 62.

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Kamala Harris

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
July 13, 2016 – 9:51 P.M.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday said that Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last week, would be alive today had he been white.

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SBCO

Valles calls for director to step down; Lovingood rebukes ‘grandstanding’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:       July 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Updated:    July 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood says he and fellow board members will “collectively” go through the grand jury’s annual report that recently raised concerns about San Bernardino County’s child welfare agency.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 12, 2016 – 3:04 PM

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money
  • Fund is now well short of what’s required to cover pensions
  • CalPERS demands more from governments to cover outlays

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System – the nation’s largest pension trust fund – took a beating during the Great Recession, dropping nearly $100 billion in value.

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Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 11, 2016 – 2:32 PM

  • Strong real estate market, construction add to property tax rolls
  • Taxable values estimated to hit $5.5 trillion

A strong surge in real estate transactions, new commercial and residential construction and rising housing prices should generate a $3-plus billion increase in property tax revenues for schools and local governments during the current fiscal year.

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calpers

By Teri Sforza / Staff Writer
July 12, 2016 – Updated 7:37 a.m.

Public workers are pumping more money into retirement funds. Public agencies are pumping more money into retirement funds.

Yet the market seems distinctly unimpressed.

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James Comey

FBI Director James Comey said on July 5 that Hillary Clinton should not be charged for her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Here’s what he said, in three minutes.

By Scott Clement
July 11, 2016

A majority of Americans reject the FBI’s recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime for her State Department e-mail practices and say the issue raises concerns about how she might perform her presidential duties, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Los Angeles Times: ‘Confusing’ California primary ends on sour note

Elections

John Myers
July 10, 2016

State officials will write the June 7 primary’s final chapter this week by certifying that more than 8.5 million ballots were cast, though it’s unlikely to assuage voters or local elections officials who complained that overlapping and confusing rules left them with a lingering political hangover.

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OxyContin

By Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
July 10, 2016

In the waning days of summer in 2008, a convicted felon and his business partner leased office space on a seedy block near MacArthur Park. They set up a waiting room, hired an elderly physician and gave the place a name that sounded like an ordinary clinic: Lake Medical.

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GOP

Republicans shut out statewide seek influence through city councils, school boards and similar government agencies

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 8, 2016 – Updated: 6:14 p.m.

Things haven’t been going well for the California Republican Party for years. But it’s a different story in Riverside County.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 9, 2016 – 4:44 PM

  • State’s $2.5 trillion economy now world’s sixth largest
  • However, recovery from recession has downside
  • Income gap widens, state moves toward two-tier society

The revelation that California’s $2.5 trillion economy is now the world’s sixth largest is a source of tub-thumping pride for the state’s politicians.

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InlandPolitics: Hillary Clinton a real piece of work

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

This is rich!

Now Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is refusing to admit she mishandled classified material.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s a clip from Los Angeles-based Fox News Affiliate KTTV-11 on their latest coverage of the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services scandal.

This latest segment is focused on the watered-down Civil Grand Jury Report released on June 30.

The “window dressing” Grand Jury Report, for whatever it’s worth, should have been released one year ago. However that endeavor was cut-off.

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/16 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Congressman Ken Calvert’s legislation to facilitate the transfer of Ontario airport’s ownership from the city of Los Angeles to a local authority has been included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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San Onofre

Southern California Edison argued in a filing with state regulators that a settlement agreement over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant was fair and reasonable. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

Ivan Penn
July 7, 2016

Southern California Edison on Thursday warned that its customers could face higher costs related to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant if regulators overturn a settlement agreement.

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Orange County Seal

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
published: July 7, 2016
Updated: July 8, 2016 – 6:29 a.m.

An Orange County supervisor has proposed a countywide initiative for the November ballot that would change term limits for him, his colleagues and future board members.

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(Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee
July 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

“I’ve seen the authorities in my career in the House and Senate, I’ve seen federal authorities do their jobs regardless of political machinations and political pressure sometimes. I fully expect them to. And I think there won’t be an indictment. And I think that means she did what many secretaries of state have done in the past. She released more emails and more pages of emails and more records than any of her predecessors of secretary of state, even before she was actually running for president.”

— Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), interview on ABC’s “This Week,” July 3, 2016

In a recent interview, Brown used a common claim by supporters of Hillary Clinton about the email records she produced in comparison with her predecessors. Brown’s answer was in response to ABC’s Martha Raddatz’s question about the 30-minute meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Bill Clinton on an airport ramp in Phoenix, while an FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email use was underway.

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POLITICO: GOP aims for Hillary in FBI hearing

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
Published: 07/07/16 – 10:49 AM EDT
Updated: 07/07/16 – 05:56 PM EDT

Frustrated by FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend criminal charges for Hillary Clinton, House Republicans used his Thursday testimony to hammer Clinton’s past defenses of her private email server — their latest bid to undermine the Democratic frontrunner’s trustworthiness.

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Real Clear Politics: Clinton Email Scandal: It’s Far From Over

Skating on Thin Ice

By Charles Lipson
July 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton skated across the pond on thin ice, but her email problems will last through November.

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Legal

By Tim Johnson and Marisa Taylor
July 6, 2016 – 5:52 PM

  • Recommendation to let Hillary Clinton off the hook may reverberate, lawyers say
  • ‘Hypocrisy’ exists between treatment of senior and lower-level officials, some say
  • One lawyer says he’ll be using a ‘Hillary defense’

WASHINGTON —

The FBI recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her staff on charges of mishandling classified information will give those accused of flouting national security rules a new line of defense even as it highlights a dual standard in how senior government officials are treated, several experts said Wednesday.

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Vote

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 6, 2016
Updated:   July 7, 2016 – 7:25 a.m.

Using the state’s voter registration website, someone with access to voters’ personal information changed their party affiliations without their knowledge or consent, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Wednesday, July 6.

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Prime Healthcare

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/16 – 10:51 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Ontario-based Prime Healthcare medical group responded Wednesday to news the federal government is joining a Medicare fraud lawsuit against the company, denying charges it admitted patients needlessly.

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Kathryn Barger+Darrell Park

Left, Kathryn Barger; right, Darrell Park.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/06/16 – 9:09 PM PDT |

The two candidates hoping to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich honed in on their differences Wednesday as both get set to focus on a campaign that began with eight contenders.

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InlandPolitics: CNN reminiscent of Radio Moscow of the 70’s

Radio Moscow

CNN

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Listening and watching the goings on with CNN since both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump locked up their respective party’s nomination has been anything but balanced.

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Crude OIl

Rob Nikolewski
July 5, 2016

The United States has overtaken industry giants Saudi Arabia and Russia in recoverable oil reserves, an international study released Monday says.

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Associated Press: FACT CHECK: Clinton email claims collapse under FBI probe

Hillary Clinton

By Stephen Braun and Jack Gillum
July 5, 2016 – 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.

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InlandPolitics: FBI Director Comey gives Trump a gift

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – 01:30 a.m.

To read the statement by FBI Director Director James Comey, click here.

The FBI will recommend that no criminal charges be levied against Former Secretary of State Hilly Clinton over her use of a home-brew email server for official government business.

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InlandPolitics: FBI Statement on Clinton investigation

FBI Logo

Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey
on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a
Personal E-Mail System

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Washington, D.C. July 05, 2016                                 FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

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Remarks prepared for delivery at press briefing.

Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State.

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U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals foi the District of Columbia

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
Published: 07/05/16 – 12:00 PM EDT
Updated:   07/05/16 – 02:29 PM EDT

On the same day that the FBI announced that the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server is likely to conclude without any charges, a federal appeals court issued a ruling that could complicate and prolong a slew of ongoing civil lawsuits over access to the messages Clinton and her top aides traded on personal accounts.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 4, 2016 – 6:39 PM

  • State Bar both regulator of lawyers and trade association
  • Its shortcomings have been well known for years
  • Reform bill stalled in the state Senate

Somehow, you knew it was too good to be true.

It’s been evident for years that the State Bar – the quasi-public agency that licenses lawyers – is an organizational mess.

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The American Spectator: When Trump Fought the Racists

WSJ - When Trump Fought The Racists

Jeffrey Lord
November 13, 2015 – 9:00 am

And so the cry went up.

“Trump is a racist!” was the mocking cry from an off-stage Larry David when Trump recently hosted Saturday Night Live. The David bit was designed to make fun not of Trump but Trump’s critics. In this case a left-wing group calling itself deportracism.com which, without the slightest sense of irony, put together a thoroughly racist ad having children spewing obscenities as they proclaimed their allegiance not to America and its ideals but rather to their race. A chilling reminder of all those fresh-faced young Germans of long ago pledging allegiance to their Aryan race.

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Riverside County Seal

A new grand jury report raises the issue and finds other problems in the department

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 1, 2016 – 4:55 p.m.

A Riverside County grand jury report questions whether the county’s elected supervisors meddled in code enforcement cases and found it can take up to four years to resolve code violations.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 3, 2016 – 3:00 PM

  • Vitriolic paranoia has become the political norm
  • Politicians pander to fears real and imagined
  • We’re given equally odious choices for president

The nation’s 240th birthday is an appropriate moment to ponder the state of its political system – and it’s a pretty dismal picture.

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The Hill: Clinton interviewed by FBI as part of email server investigation

The Hill

By Harper Neidig – 07/02/16 12:26 PM EDT

  • Loretta Lynch Will Follow FBI Recommendations

Hillary Clinton was interviewed by authorities Saturday about the ongoing investigation into her email server, her campaign said.

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By Willie Brown
Published: July 1, 2016
Updated:   July 2, 2016 – 8:15pm

What in the world was Bill Clinton thinking when he dropped by to “just say hello” to Attorney General Loretta Lynch when they both had their personal planes parked at the Phoenix airport the other day?

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InlandPolitics: Robert Lovingood drops again in final vote tally

Down Arrow

Saturday, July 2, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters official completion of its tally of the June 7 primary couldn’t come soon enough for Robert Lovingood

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San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/16 – 2:52 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County’s child welfare system is rife with systemic failures, including shoddy documentation practices, a communication breakdown between social workers and law enforcement that thwarts child abuse investigations, and a reluctance by social workers to remove children from abusive homes, according to grand jury findings.

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Apple Valley

Available funds drop due largely to Yucca Loma Bridge completion

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted:     July 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM
Updated:  July 1, 2016 at 3:18 PM

APPLE VALLEY — The Town Council unanimously approved a 2016-17 budget — for the fiscal year that began Friday — and it comes with a nearly 22-percent drop in available funds compared to last year.

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Ballot Measures

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
July 1, 2016 – 3:21 PM

  • Propositions 51 to 67 assigned to measures qualified as of Thursday
  • The Legislature could add more initiatives after summer recess
  • Advocates have until later this month to turn in ballot arguments

The 17 ballot measures set to go before voters Nov. 8 will number 51 through 67, the secretary of state’s office announced Friday, the day after the qualification deadline.

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Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Kathryn Barger, left, and Darrell Park, right, shown in April debate, will vie in November for supervisor seat being vacated after 36 years by Michael Antonovich. (Luis Sinco/ Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
July 1, 2016

After weeks in limbo, the November field is set in the race to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, with a political neophyte facing off against the incumbent’s chief of staff.

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No Guns

Patrick McGreevy
July 1, 2016 – 10:36 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed six gun-control bills into law, including a requirement that ammunition purchasers undergo background checks. The governor vetoed five other measures, including an expansion of the use of restraining orders to take guns from people deemed to be dangerous.

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Daily Press: Tale of two campaign war chests in 1st District Supervisor race

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood outspent Valles nearly 7-to-1 weeks before election

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:      June 29, 2016 at 3:46 PM
Updated:   June 29, 2016 at 5:14 PM

San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood outspent Angela Valles by more than $140,000 in the weeks leading up to the June 7 statewide primary, and maintains a significant war chest over his opponent in this November’s general election, campaign finance records show.

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ACLU

Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Published: June 30, 2016
Updated: July 1, 2016 – 7:38 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the latest salvo in the group’s onging investigation into the county’s use of jailhouse informants.

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Prison

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 30, 2016 – 3:47 PM

  • Secretary of State’s Office announces that constitutional amendment qualified by random sample
  • Supreme Court gave the measure the go-ahead earlier this month
  • Constitutional amendment would make some nonviolent felons eligible for early release

Gov. Jerry Brown’s constitutional amendment to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole qualified for the November ballot on Thursday – the statutory deadline – after a harried signature-gathering effort and intervention from the California Supreme Court.

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Hand Gun open carry

Jazmine Ulloa
Patrick McGreevy
June 30, 2016 – 2:25 P.M.

Spurred by outrage over recent mass shootings, California lawmakers on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a sweeping package of gun control bills, including a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, background checks for those buying ammunition and new restrictions on homemade firearms.

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Gas Prices

Gasoline prices are displayed at a California service station in May 2015. (Associated Press)

Ivan Penn
July 1, 2016

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has issued subpoenas to oil refiners as part of an investigation into unusually high gasoline prices in California during the last year.

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Riverside County Seal

‘Steely discipline’ is called for as officials try to rein in costs and build up savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 29, 2016 – Updated: 6:41 p.m.

With expenses outpacing income, departments starved for money and savings dipping to uncomfortable levels, Riverside County officials want to put county government on a strict diet.

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San Onofre

An independent audit found problems with the California Public Utilities Commission’s hiring of private law firms in connection with investigations on how the commission handled the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s emergency shutdown in 2012. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Jeff McDonald
June 29, 2016

Major reforms may be coming to the California Public Utilities Commission, but the agency still has plenty of room for improvement, auditors said Wednesday.

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No Debt

Melody Petersen
June 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has agreed to forgive $171 million of debt owed by former students of the bankrupt for-profit school Corinthian Colleges Inc., most of them in California.

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Karma Automotive Factory

Robots rivet the side frame assembly on the body of a Revero electric car at the Karma automotive factory in Moreno Valley. Karma is the first car-building company in Southern California in decades. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Natalie Kitroeff
June 29, 2016

Los Angeles has hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs since 2007, casting a pall over the state’s economic recovery, according to a forecast released Tuesday by Chapman University.

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InlandPolitics: Highland development boondoggle continues

City-of-Highland

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

The Highland, California City Council has either lost its mind or is waiting for a big political payday.

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InlandPolitics: Bye Bye Mr. George Will!

George Will

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

Long-time political pundit, Pulitzer Prize winning author and conservative stalwart George Will has left the Republican Party.

It was the buzz on all the political shows over the weekend.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 28, 2016 – 5:59 PM

  • Public Utilities Commission, Coastal Commission under fire
  • Critics say insiders have too much access to members
  • New bills would place limits on ‘ex parte’ communications

Lawyers love to sprinkle their discourse with Latin phrases, thereby giving them a veneer of erudition.

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SBCO

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County is set to approve a $203 million payment to its pension fund on Tuesday.

Surprisingly it’s an amount that’s lower than last year.

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
Published: 06/27/16 – 10:33 AM EDT
Updated:    06/27/16 – 02:37 PM EDT

To read opinion, click the following link: U.S. v McDonnell

A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, ruling that federal prosecutors relied on a “boundless” definition of the kinds of acts that could lead politicians to face criminal charges.

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Courts

Joel Rubin
June 27, 2016

For years, allegations of inmate beatings by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails swirled. When they did, one name surfaced over and over: Paul Tanaka.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2016 – 3:29 PM

  • Competing measures would require more notice on bills
  • Each side says the other’s proposal is flawed
  • Deadline for November ballot looms this week

It’s showdown time for two fiercely competitive measures that would give the public more time to see legislative bills before they are passed.

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CPUC

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the day Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a deal to overhaul the troubled California Public Utilities Commission.

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
June 27, 2016 – 11:19 AM

  • Embattled regulator has faced regular criticism
  • Influencers will need to register as lobbyists
  • Companies such as Uber, Lyft no longer in agency’s enforcement purview

A deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced Monday will bring major changes to the oft-criticized California Public Utilities Commission, including removing the regulator’s enforcement authority over ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

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The Hill: Economic turmoil threatens Clinton

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton
06/28/16 – 06:11 AM EDT

A nine-hundred point drop in the stock market and signs of more economic turbulence to come is a troubling sign for Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee effectively running for President Obama’s third term.

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InlandPolitics: Let’s touch on the Presidential race

Donald Trump+Hillary Clinton

Monday, June 28, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The back and forth between part presumptive nominee’s Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is interesting these days.

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Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/25/16 – 3:07 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> When the City Council gets its first glimpse of the proposed $46.1 million budget Monday night, it will include some maneuvers that indicate the city continues to live in very lean times.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM

HESPERIA — The City Council recently approved its “balanced budget” as it moves into the beginning of its fiscal year on Friday.

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