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KTTV

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Los Angeles-based KTTV-TV 11 is airing a story alleging that negligence inside the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Agency (CFS) has resulted in multiple preventable child deaths and needless abuse.

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SBCO

Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Two local newspapers have published stories related to six and one-half years long high-profile San Bernardino County legal issue.

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Ontario International Airport

Passenger traffic at Ontario International Airport had a slight increase in July, with a drop in domestic passengers offset by a big increase in international passengers. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 28, 2015 – Updated: 11:12 p.m.

  • Bigger numbers for international travel offset a decline in domestic passengers.

Ontario International Airport had a 1.45 percent increase in passenger traffic for July, the small rise driven by international flights to Mexico even as domestic passengers decreased in the year-over-year comparison.

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

Donald Trump

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images.)

The Hill

By Mark Hensch
August 29, 2015 – 12:27 pm

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he is leading the GOP race because he represents Americans who have had it with their nation coming up short.

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ANKENY, IA - AUGUST 13: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at Dennis Albaugh's Classic Car Barn during the Polk County GOP Annual Summer Sizzle event August 13, 2015 in Ankeny, Iowa. Bush is scheduled to attend the Iowa State Fair tomorrow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The move comes amid weak poll numbers and concerns that Bush’s torrid fundraising pace has slowed.

Politico

By Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo
08/29/15 – 06:26 AM EDT

Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, President of Wholesale Capital Corporation, sits in for Lou. On the show tonight: San Bernardino’s decision to move forward with outsourcing the fire department and Moreno Valley’s approval of the World Logistics Center.

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Tax Reform

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

There’s an interesting uproar building in the drama surrounding San Bernardino trashing its fire department in favor of a contract with the San Bernardino County Fire Department for fire protection services.

It’s all about a $143 per year parcel tax.

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The Wall Street Journal: America Is So in Play

Donald Trump+Jorge Ramos

Donald Trump and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos face off in Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 25. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

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Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Aug. 27, 2015 – 6:41 p.m. ET

  • Donald Trump’s staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus.

So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated.

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Drought

Rings around Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest show the declining water level from past years in this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 photo. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/27/15 – 10:48 AM PDT |

California residents reduced water consumption by 31 percent in July, the largest savings in one month since the state began tracking urban water use more than a year ago, state officials announced Thursday.

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Donald Trump

Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The trend continues to favor Billionaire Candidate Donald Trump.

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Ann-Coulter

Published: Aug. 26, 2015 – Updated: 11:42 a.m.

Before Donald Trump, Ann Coulter received accolades from conservatives and condemnation from liberals for her comments about immigration and Latinos.

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

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 25, 2015 (Charlie Neibergall—AP)

Politics 2016

Jill Colvin and Sergio Bustos / AP
Aug. 26, 2015
Updated: Aug. 27, 2015 1:36 AM ET

“I think I handled that well. I got a lot of credit for it”

(PENSACOLA, Florida) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s proud of kicking one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference — the latest in a series of clashes with the media.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: SB 350 with State Senator Mike Morrell

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 25, 2015

  • Gov. Jerry Brown talks about climate change
  • But there are warnings about other disasters
  • Earthquakes, budget meltdown also threaten

Gov. Jerry Brown says California’s drought and the wildfires it has spawned are wake-up calls about the potentially cataclysmic effects of climate change.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday. (Charlie Neibergall / Associated Press)

By Kurtis Lee
August 25, 2015

Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos unceremoniously evicted from a news conference Tuesday as the immigration issue continued to dominate the Republican presidential primary.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Phil Naman fills in while Lou is out. He is joined by Ken White, who is founder of Brothers of America. They discuss several topics. Among them, Ken’s upbringing on the south side of Chicago, San Bernardino’s decision to outsource fire, what America needs in the next election, and Obama calling his opponents “the crazies.”

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SBCO

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The Daily Press has published the final piece of a troubling three-part opinion editorial on a high profile San Bernardino County legal issue.

To read the column, click here.

Ashley Madison

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 6:54 PM PDT |

Public agencies across Southern California have launched investigations into whether their employees secretly accessed adultery website Ashley Madison after hackers leaked hundreds of government e-mail addresses plundered from the site.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Transit Center celebrates opening

"Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)"

Local officials and members of the community attend the completion ceremony for the new San Bernardino Transit Center in San Bernardino, Ca., August 25, 2015. The new transportation hub will open officially on September 8, with ten local bus routes, two freeway express Omnitrans bus routes, sbX green line, Victor Valley Transit Authority, and Mountain Transit. The site is next to a Metrolink San Bernardino line extension to be finish some time in 2017. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 3:45 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The release of 200 butterflies at the newly completed San Bernardino Transit Center on Monday symbolized the same thing officials stressed repeatedly at the completion ceremony: transformation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/15 – 12:25 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council voted 4-3 on Monday to move forward with transferring responsibility for fire and emergency protection to the County Fire Department, a move that would also mean a $142-per-year tax on every parcel in the city.

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Stock Market Plunge

By Chris Megerian and Phil Willon
August 24, 2015

Gyrations in the stock market have taken California’s fragile finances for a ride before — when the dot-com bubble burst, when the Wall Street crash sank the national economy less than a decade ago.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, August 24, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins the show to discuss the rollercoaster ride that the stock market has been. At one point today it was down over 1,000 points. What does he predict in the coming months?

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InlandPolitics: Daily Press runs part two of op-ed

SBCO

Monday, August 24, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The Daily Press has published the second of a three-part opinion editorial covering a high-profile San Bernardino County Government legal issue.

Op-ed columns that both The Sun and Daily Bulletin newspapers declined to publish.

To read the column, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated:  Aug. 23, 2015 – 9:32 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors are ready to move on from a feud that has pitted the county’s top lawyer against a court-appointed watchdog panel and led to an ongoing legal fight and dueling accusations of unethical practices.

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

 

Microphone

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
August 23, 2015

  • Several former elected officials host their own shows
  • Republicans see forum as counterbalance to mainstream media
  • Hosts can stay relevant in their areas even while out of office

For nearly 30 years, former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock hosted a talk radio show, weaving his trademark sarcasm into defenses of limited government and riffs on liberals to become perhaps the most accomplished past politician on the airwaves.

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Calpensions: Brown aides urge CalPERS to speed up rate hike

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By Ed Mendel
August 24, 2015

CalPERS took another step last week toward a gradual long-term rate hike, a move to lower the risk of big investment losses as the maturing pension system enters a new era.

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InlandPolitics: Daily Press publishes column The Sun trashed

Waste Basket

Daily Press

Sunday, August 23, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

We now have a front and center example of just how co-opted The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers really are.

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Border Patrol

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Republican Primary race for President was supposed to be a low-key, grinding, policy heavy and uneventful affair. Just two months ago, the crowded field of governors, senators, and a few outsiders wasn’t making many waves.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Developer Iddo Benzeevi listens to speakers during the Tuesday, Aug. 18, hearing on his World Logistics Center. The next day, the Moreno Valley City Council approved his project on a 3-2 vote. (Stan Lim, Staff Photographer)

Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated: Aug. 23, 2015 9:48 a.m.

Minutes after the vote approving his massive warehouse complex, supporters rushed to take their pictures with developer Iddo Benzeevi while chanting his name.

“Iddo, Iddo, Iddo.”

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

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas drove a 2012 Chrysler 300 luxury sedan, owned by taxpayers, though officials claimed he was driving an older, less expensive car. The newer car was assigned to former Assessor John Noguez. (Photo by Mike Reicher)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/22/15 – 4:47 PM PDT |

On the Los Angeles County government’s official list of employee take-home vehicles, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas looks very frugal. His assigned car, a 9-year-old Chrysler 300 Limited sedan, cost the county about half as much as the next supervisor’s.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters as he is driven away following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to supporters as he is driven away following a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015.
(Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Politics | Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:44pm EDT
WASHINGTON | By Emily Stephenson

Republican Donald Trump is pulling away from the pack in the race for the party’s U.S. presidential nomination, widening his lead over his closest rivals in the past week, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Friday.

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Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump, leading the Republican field in recent polls, drew a crowd on Friday for an event in Mobile, Ala. (Credit: Jeff Haller for The New York Times)

By Michael Barbaro, Nate Cohn adn Jeremy W. Petersaug
August 22, 2015

In the command centers of Republican presidential campaigns, aides have drawn comfort from the belief that Donald J. Trump’s dominance in the polls is a political summer fling, like Herman Cain in 2011 — an unsustainable boomlet dependent on megawatt celebrity, narrow appeal and unreliable surveys of Americans with a spotty record of actually voting in primaries.

A growing body of evidence suggests that may be wishful thinking.

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Joe Biden+Elizabeth Warren

Vice President Biden (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Paul Kane
August 22, 2015 at 6:03 PM

[This post has been updated.]

Vice President Biden huddled Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the rising liberal star who has declined to endorse a candidate for the 2016 presidential race, an impromptu meeting that came as speculation mounted over Biden’s own potential candidacy, according to a report.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. (Reuters/Brian Snyder)

US | Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:08pm EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio | By Emily Flitter

While thousands streamed into a football stadium Friday evening in Mobile, Alabama to see Donald Trump, a much smaller crowd of committed conservatives unwound at a bar and mused over the good, the bad and the unknown of the unlikely Republican presidential front-runner.

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InlandPolitics: California Democrats want more tax money

Taxes

Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Democrats in the California Legislature want to pick your pockets again!

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Jeb Bush+George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, right, with his father, former Florida governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Published: Aug. 21, 2015 – Updated: 5:39 p.m.

Those who don’t regularly follow politics might not be familiar with George P. Bush. But they’ve surely heard of his father, uncle and grandfather.

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

License Plate Scanner

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/21/15 – 10:11 PM PDT |

Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.

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Ashley Madison

The infidelity website was hacked by a group called Impact Team. (Google Images)

By Patrick McGreevy and Abby Sewell
August 21, 2015

Anxiety was high Friday in state, county and city offices after hackers released lists of dozens of government email addresses in California that were used to access the Ashley Madison online dating site for married people.

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Donald Trump

Bloomberg Politics

William Leitch
Aug 21, 2015 – 5:03 PM PDT

(Updated 8:18 a.m. ET)

Donald Trump’s juggernaut: Meet Friday night lights.

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InlandPolitics: The Clinton Slow-Drip Update -2-

Slow Drip

Friday, August 21, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest from the Hillary Clinton slow-drip, death by a thousand cuts, political implosion.

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Donald Trump

Friday, August 21, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

A new poll shows that a large majority of likely GOP voters believe that Billionaire Businessman Donald J. Trump will be the likely nominee for President of the United States.

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Paul Davis

Paul Davis alleges a 2014 investigation of him violated his rights. He also plans to run for mayor.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015
Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.

Shortly after filing a damage claim against Riverside that names the mayor and three former city officials, City Councilman Paul Davis announced he’ll run for mayor in 2016.

To read article by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Cheryl Brown

Cheryl Brown represents California’s 47th State Assembly district and is seeking reelection in the June primary elections. (Courtesy photo)

By Beau Yarbrough and Ryan Hagen, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/19/15, 12:57 PM PDT |

California’s legislators returned to work in Sacramento on Monday, poised for the battle to get their legislation approved before the 2015-16 session ends on Sept. 11.

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New Home Construction

Workers build single-family homes at the Rosedale housing project in Azusa in this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/20/15 – 6:34 PM PDT |

Rising home prices across California have eroded affordability to the point that only seven counties, including San Bernardino, have housing that a family earning the median income can afford to buy, according to a study released Thursday.

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SCE

Pressure is building to reopen the agreement that saddles Southern California consumers with more than $3 billion in costs for shuttering the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

By Teri Sforza / Staff Columnist
Updated Aug. 21, 2015 7:18 a.m.

Southern California Edison did its very best to figure out which chitchats between its executives and state regulators were “substantive” enough to require disclosure to the rest of the world, it argued in a legal filing Thursday. But those rules are murky, people’s recollections change, and Edison has beefed up tracking company communications with state regulators as a result, to better sort the wheat from the chaff.

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Moreno Valley seal

“This project is a game-changer of proportional magnitude not only for the city but the entire region,” said Mayor Jesse Molina, who was one of three supporters. Council members George Price and LaDonna Jempson opposed the project.

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 – Updated: 11:50 p.m.

After three years of controversy that has divided residents, Moreno Valley officials voted Wednesday, Aug. 19 to dramatically transform the city’s east side with what would be one of the largest warehouse complexes in the country.

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

Fourth District Court of Appeal

Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

The Daily Press has started coverage of a high-profile San Bernardino County legal issue of public interest.

To read the article by Shea Johnson in The Daily Press, click here.

California Taxes

By Jessica Calefati and Josh Richman, Staff writers
Posted: 08/20/2015 – 06:23:45 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first steps toward raising taxes and fees on motorists and further restricting Californians’ tobacco use as the Legislature convened special sessions aimed at solving the state’s transportation and health care funding crises.

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Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey appears at a news conference on June 29, 2015. Lacey sent a letter to county supervisors last week saying that their vote on a jail plan had violated the state’s open meetings law. (Mel Melcon)

By Abby Sewell
August 19, 2015

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey notified the Board of Supervisors last week that their vote on a controversial downtown jail plan violated the state’s open meetings law, the latest in a string of incidents in which the board has run afoul of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/19/15 – 8:36 PM PDT |

Accused of corruption, Paul Tanaka, once second in command of the Sheriff’s Department, said charges against him should be dropped, according to federal court documents obtained Wednesday.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 19, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. As Lou travels through Oregon, he’s noticed a few differences between Oregon and California. Is there anything that California can do differently to help businesses?

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SBCO

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 07:15 a.m.

The new legal story impacting San Bernardino County government is published in the Wednesday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the article by Joe Nelson in The Sun click here.

Moreno Valley seal

Tuesday’s meeting became heated after residents hurled insults at each other, prompting Moreno Valley’s mayor to call for calm.

Published: Aug. 18, 2015 – Updated: 9:47 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of the World Logistics Center squared off Tuesday night as the Moreno Valley City Council aimed for a vote Wednesday on the massive warehouse project.

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

Home for sale

By Andrew Khouri
August 18, 2015

The Southern California housing market is enjoying a summer almost as hot as the weather.

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InlandPolitics: The Clinton Slow-Drip Update

Slow Drip

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest from the Hillary Clinton slow-drip, death by a thousand cuts, political blowout.

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Iddo Benzeevi

City staff and developer Iddo Benzeevi offer to the council their vision of thousands of local jobs and a hub of logistics activity — “the gateway to America,” Benzeevi said.

Published: Aug. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Moreno Valley began weighing two contrasting visions of the city’s future Monday, Aug. 17, as the City Council took up the proposed World Logistics Center mega-warehouse.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 17, 2015

  • Roadwork, Medi-Cal and carbon fees big issues
  • Taxes for transportation and health care need GOP votes
  • Republicans, pressured by anti-tax groups, are leery

The Legislature reconvened Monday after a monthlong summer recess and immediately focused on what most members like best: spending money.

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CNN Politics: Post-debate, Trump pulls clear of competition

CNN

By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director
Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 12:31 PM ET

Story highlights:

  • Donald Trump maintains his lead over the GOP presidential field, according to a new CNN/ORC poll
  • Jeb Bush comes in second place and Ben Carson in third place, the poll says

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump has won his party’s trust on top issues more than any other Republican presidential candidate, and now stands as the clear leader in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, August 17, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins Lou on the show. First, NPR featured a story about children in San Bernardino who grow up in motels described as “meth addict summer camp.” What do stories like these do for the city’s image?

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Election 2016

Monday, August 17, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Donald Trump remains on top in the latest national poll, this time conducted by Fox News.

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Hillary Clinton

Federal officials have known since May that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department email included classified information, according to a report Thursday night by McClatchy News. (Associated Press)

By John Solomon – The Washington Times
Sunday, August 16, 2015

While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Pact details warehouse costs

World Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering shows the World Logistics Center, which is proposed for Moreno Valley’s eastern end.

Published: August 14, 2015
Updated:   August 15, 2015 – 8:57 p.m.

  • Developer Highland Fairview would pay for upgrades inside the World Logistics Center, but funding for nearby work is less clear.

As a vote nears on the massive World Logistics Center warehouse, a big question has lingered.

Who would pay for the new streets, wider freeway interchanges and other improvements needed to serve the complex?

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

Pothole

A backlog of highway repairs is just one of the funding challenges that have state lawmakers looking for new revenue sources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy
August 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers will start tackling some of the state’s toughest challenges this week, and the solution to many of them may be new taxes and fees for Californians.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald | Noon Aug. 15, 2015

When Southern California Edison replaced the steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear plant, state regulators allowed the utility to start billing customers for the upgrade without the benefit of what’s called a “reasonableness review.”

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National Security Agency

The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. The agency has gotten access to billions of emails with the cooperation of AT&T. (Credit: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

By Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
August 15, 2015

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Clear Lake, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By Anne Gearan, Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz
August 15, 2015 at 9:03 PM

It was supposed to be different this time. After the wounds of 2008, many of them self-inflicted, Hillary Rodham Clinton rebooted for 2016 with a new message, new advisers and new energy.

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Donald Trump

The billionaire businessman stumps in the Midwest as he leads the field of candidates in the Republican presidential race.

By David Weigel
August 15, 2015

FLINT, Mich. — A few hours before Donald Trump’s plane landed, 20 minutes south of where he would speak, people gathered outside the Flint Assembly Plant to take a peek into the past. Some of them were retired, reuniting with friends. All of them remembered how there used to be more to the place.

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IE Business Daily: Local Control No Miracle Cure for Ontario Airport

Airport

IE Business Daily

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Let’s get some facts out from the very beginning. The Airline industry has been running on shoe-string budgets for decades. Airlines go out of business every year. Competition and demand determine where and how many flights any airline makes. The cost of flying a plane is fixed based on aircraft costs, maintenance, fuel and staffing requirements.

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Stan Sniff

Riverside Sheriffs’ Association says it no longer backs Stan Sniff, citing his “autocratic” leadership.

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 – Updated: 8:52 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has pulled its support from Sheriff Stan Sniff and accused him of a dictatorial approach that shunned union input on the deployment of body-mounted cameras and other matters.

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied sending or receiving classified material on the personal e-mail account she used while secretary of state. Here are two instances. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Carol D. Leonnig, Karen Tumulty and Rosalind S. Helderman
August 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Late last month, Hillary Rodham Clinton stood before a line of television cameras at a rural Iowa campaign stop to deny reports that she had sent sensitive information over her private e-mail system.

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The Hill: Poll: Majority believe Clinton lied about emails

The Hill

By Mark Hensch
August 14, 2015 – 07:14 pm

A majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton lied about having sensitive national intelligence on her private email server, a new poll finds.

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Haggen

By Shan Li
August 14, 2015

Haggen Inc., the grocery chain that has struggled since rapidly expanding this year, is closing 27 stores, including 16 supermarkets in California.

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Lou Desmond

August 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Ed Hoffman, owner of Wholesale Capital Corporation, joins the show to talk with Lou about the World Logistics Center, a massive warehouse project proposed in Moreno Valley.

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InlandPolitics: Plot thickens in Hillary Clinton fiasco

AppleMark

The mail server used by Hillary Clinton is reported to have been professionally wiped clean before being handed over to federal agents.

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

If anyone expects Hillary Clinton to be the democrat nominee for president, don’t hold your breath.

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Gas Prices

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Oil companies just can’t help themselves when it comes to sticking it to Southern California drivers.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
August 13, 2015

  • Proposal would let voters decide on new pension benefits
  • But summary says it would affect current pensions
  • Harris’ action sets stage for political battle next year

Kamala Harris is not only California’s attorney general, but a very ambitious politician who hopes to become a U.S. senator.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By City News Service
Posted: 08/13/15 – 7:59 PM PDT |

A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department captain charged with obstructing a federal probe into corruption in the county jails has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and cooperate in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, according to court papers filed Thursday.

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By Dean Starkman
August 13, 2015

California’s two major public pension funds, the biggest in the nation, lost a total of more than $5 billion on energy-related investments for their fiscal years, ended June 30, according to a new report.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Dr. Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation joins the show. He and Lou talk about the rise of “tiny houses” for the homeless in San Pedro. Why are these a bad idea?

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/12/15 – 4:56 PM PDT | U

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has fined San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and 4th District Supervisor Curt Hagman each $1,500 for campaign finance reporting violations during the 2014 election cycle.

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Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz

Published: Aug. 12, 2015 – Updated: 9:58 a.m.

The lack of a big-name challenger to Rep. Raul Ruiz has convinced one professional observer of political races to put the Palm Desert Democrat in the “Safe Democrat” category.

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

El Nino Heat Map

A comparison of the November 1997 and July 2015 El Niños in the Pacific Ocean west of Peru. Areas of warm water, shown in red, in 1997 contributed to relentless, damaging storms in California that winter. Note: This image has been edited to add a key and to express degrees in Fahrenheit. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Visualization Laboratory)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
August 12, 2015

For months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California’s four-year drought.

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Currency exchange board showing cross rates between various countries

By Shan Li, Samantha Masunaga and Andrew Khouri
August 12, 2015

At the Beverly Center on Wednesday, a clutch of Chinese tourists spilled out of a bus and into the upscale mall, ready to snap up Gucci purses and Nike sneakers.

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Ballot Measures

Judy Lin, Associated Press
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – Updated 11:14 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Proponents of a California pension initiative said Tuesday that state Attorney General Kamala Harris is once again favoring labor unions by using the same words she used to describe their previous failed bid to limit taxpayer spending on public pensions.

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Hillary Clinton

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

John R. Schindler
08.12.15 – 4:50 PM ET

These weren’t just ordinary secrets found in Clinton’s private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has.

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