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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Local groups pull out of 41st District forum

League of Women Voters

Group leaders say they were called ‘liberal’ by Steve Adams’ campaign, which denies the allegation.

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

For years, Riverside’s League of Women Voters has partnered with other community groups to host election forums on issues and candidates, but they won’t be part of Thursday’s event featuring 41st Congressional District candidates Mark Takano and Steve Adams.

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

Published: Oct. 22, 2014 – Updated: 3:36 p.m.

Cars have become an advertising theme in the race for California’s 36th Congressional District.

The pro-Democrat House Majority PAC is paying for a 30-second TV spot that portrays Republican and state Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert as a career politician who mooches off taxpayers for expenses as well as gas and maintenance for his family car and enjoys trips paid for by special interests.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Sheriff

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/14, 8:46 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four sheriff’s deputies who work at West Valley Detention Center have been placed on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into potential mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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West Valley Detention Center

The West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — Staff photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/22/14, 10:36 AM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

LOS ANGELES >> The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department doesn’t allow gay, bisexual and transgender inmates at West Valley Detention Center the same access to rehabilitation opportunities, religious services, time outside their cells and other services that other inmates receive, alleges a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council seeks DA investigation into Davis

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Published: Oct. 21, 2014 Updated: 9:38 p.m.

The Riverside City Council will ask the Riverside County District Attorney to investigate allegations that Councilman Paul Davis interfered with the city manager’s job performance, violating the city charter, which would be a misdemeanor.

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

San Bernardino Police

A measure to set police and firefighter salaries by collective bargaining in San Bernardino, rather than as the average of 10 like-sized cities — a policy that for decades has been enshrined in San Bernardino’s charter and no one else in the state — is a lighting rod in the city. (Staff file photo/The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/21/14, 7:29 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A decades-old provision in a city charter rarely attracts this kind of passion, but then rarely is there a history like the one surrounding Measure Q’s attempt to reform Charter Section 186.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Inland congressional incumbents favored on Election Day

Campaigns

Two Democrats are mounting their first re-election campaigns as GOP Rep. Ken Calvert seeks a 12th term.

Published: Oct. 20, 2014 Updated: 5:03 p.m.

Some are defending their seats for the first time. Others have been in Congress for years.

Regardless, incumbents in the 2014 Inland congressional races are favored to win re-election to two-year terms. They’ve raised more money than their challengers and, with one exception, represent districts friendly to their parties.

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

Paul Chabot+Pete Aguilar

31st Congressional District candidates D-Pete Aguilar (left) and R-Paul Chabot (right) shake hands at center stage prior to their debate Monday evening in Memorial Chapel on the University of Redlands campus. (Will Lester — Staff photographer)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/20/14, 9:10 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

Congressional candidates Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot debated the issues of the state’s 31st District in front of a lively crowd Monday at the University of Redlands.

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Murrieta

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested Thursday after crashing his car into a vehicle carrying teens from Murrieta Valley High School.

By Matt Stevens
October 20, 2014

The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/20/2014 6:54 PM

It’s virtually certain that California voters will be asked in 2016 to extend – perhaps permanently – the temporary increases in sales and income taxes that they approved in 2012.

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calpers

By TERI SFORZA
STAFF COLUMNIST
tsforza@ocregister.com
Published: Oct. 19, 2014 Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 10:37 a.m.
image0-Watchdog: Thousands join the ‘$100K club’ for pensions

Back in 2005, some 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

By 2009, this so-called “$100K club” had more than tripled, to 6,133 members.

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NABE

By Jim Puzzanghera
October 20, 2014

Business economists reported solid but slowing growth at their companies over the summer as gauges of sales, hiring and profit margins fell slightly from the second quarter, according to survey results released Monday.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Aguilar-Chabot race draws national spotlight

Campaigns

The campaign for the seat is a key battle in the larger war for control of the House of Representatives.

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 – Updated: 11:45 p.m.

The race for California’s 31st Congressional District is not just about who represents part of San Bernardino County on Capitol Hill.

From a national perspective, the seat is a strategic chess piece in a larger battle for control of the House of Representatives. It’s been described as the most Democratic-friendly district in the nation to have a Republican congressman.

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

Gloria Negrete-McLeodCurt Hagman

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/19/14, 11:50 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Two experienced Inland Empire politicians are vying for San Bernardino County’s 4th District supervisor’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is open because Supervisor Gary Ovitt is not seeking another term.

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Campaigns

Two political actions committees have raised thousands of dollars in an effort to keep the former San Bernardino County supervisor off the City Council

Published: Oct. 19, 2014 Updated: 10:13 p.m.

Two political actions committees have been established and have raised thousands in an effort to keep Neil Derry off the Redlands City Council.

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

Dan Walters

Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/20/2014 12:00 AM

More than 24 million of California’s 38 million residents are legally eligible to vote this year – that is, they are 18 years or older and U.S. citizens.

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Calpensions: How CalPERS ranks: average service, high costs

calpers

By Ed Mendel
October 20, 2014

A new comparison with four other large public pension funds found that CalPERS, while scoring average on service, had high pension administration costs — $213 per member a year, nearly twice the average of $108 per member.

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Freedom Communications

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY
OCT. 19, 2014

Ever since the entrepreneur Aaron Kushner bought into the newspaper business two years ago, he has generated a steady stream of headlines — about himself.

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The Sun: Couple donate $35 million to University of Redlands

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By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/18/14, 7:21 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Thanks to the largest gift in the school’s history, the University of Redlands has established a scholarship program to benefit future students.

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DailyBulletin: New allegations raised in ONT dispute

Los Angeles World Airports

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 9:02 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario has raised new allegations that purport to show a Los Angeles agency abandoned efforts to market L.A./Ontario International Airport in favor of multi-billion dollar projects at Los Angeles International Airport.

The allegations are raised in a court document filed by Ontario on Friday afternoon in Riverside Superior Court.

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Jerry Brown Real Estate

By Thomas Peele and Josh Richman, Staff writers
Posted: 10/19/2014 06:37:18 AM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2014 08:00:08 AM PDT

Throughout his political career, Jerry Brown has cultivated an almost monastic image, famously sleeping on a mattress on the floor during his first go-round as governor and flying for peanuts on Southwest during his current term.

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Mitt Romney

Republican former presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event for Senate candidate Scott Brown at Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, N.H., earlier this month. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz
October 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

When Mitt Romney managed to get about 25 percent support in the early polls against his 2012 Republican rivals, everyone asked, “What’s wrong with Mitt?” He was, after all, the presumed front-runner. Today, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing something similar about 2016, the question could be, “What’s wrong with all the others?”

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Chabot calls on Aguilar to renounce special interest money

Paul Chabot

Chabot

Published: Oct. 17, 2014 – Updated: 4:27 p.m.

Republican Paul Chabot is trying to use his rival’s words against him.

In a news release issued Friday, Chabot, who is running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat, called on his opponent, Democrat and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, to honor a City Council resolution Chabot said Aguilar offered in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/17/14, 5:08 PM PDT | Updated: 48 secs ago

San Bernardino County’s largest labor union filed a lawsuit Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court against its former general manager, alleging he embezzled or misappropriated more than $700,000 before he was fired in 2013.

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FAA

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/18/14, 12:02 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Michael Huerta, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said he cannot intervene in the L.A./Ontario International Airport dispute, but would like to see both sides come to a quick resolution.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario is back in court over airport dispute

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/17/14, 4:43 PM PDT | Updated: 41 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario filed a motion Friday afternoon asking that a Riverside Superior Court judge deny Los Angeles’ request to dismiss a portion of the lawsuit involving LA/Ontario International Airport based on claims the statute of limitations has passed.

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Janet Nguyen

Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s handling of CalOptima has drawn scrutiny from the county grand jury. (Photo by: Nick Gerda/Voice of OC)

Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:41 pm | Updated: 11:23 pm, Fri Oct 17, 2014.
By THY VO and NICK GERDA

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating nearly a dozen people for political money laundering in connection to campaign contributions to county Supervisor and state Senate candidate Janet Nguyen.

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unemployment down

By Chris Kirkham
October 17, 2014

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.3% in September — the lowest in more than six years — though the total number of jobs declined by 9,800 last month, according to state data.

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freddie-mac-fannie-mae-logo

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the biggest pillars of support for U.S. housing, guaranteeing 59% of all mortgages being written.

By E. Scott Reckard and Tim Logan
October 17, 2014

Mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, together with their federal regulator, have drawn up rules aimed at loosening constricted lending standards to make mortgages more affordable and easier to get for those with less than stellar credit.

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By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 10/17/2014 03:16:45 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2014 06:34:14 PM PDT

Californians won’t have any say about which party wins this year’s biggest political prize — the reins of the U.S. Senate.

But that doesn’t mean the Golden State has nothing at stake.

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InlandPolitics: RCP: U.S. Senate contest update

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Tuesday, October 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest update from the average of polls produced by RealClearPolitics.com as of Friday morning. If the election were held today, Republicans would control the U.S. Senate by a margin of 53-47.

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SBPEA

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InlandPolitics: Financial improprieties rumored at San Bernardino County union

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 08:55 a.m.

A shoe has finally dropped on a former executive of San Bernardino County’s largest public employee labor union.

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John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Published: Oct. 16, 2014 – Updated: 4:59 p.m.

House Speaker John Boehner made a quiet visit to Riverside County last week to raise money for Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

democrat_donkey

Posted: 10/16/14, 5:32 PM PDT |

The Redlands Area Democratic Club will meet Saturday at Napoli Restaurant, 24960 Redlands Blvd., Loma Linda.

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Chabot+Aguilar

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/16/14, 10:37 AM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The venue and time for Monday’s congressional debate hosted by the Redlands Daily Facts has been changed to accommodate a larger audience.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/16/14, 1:00 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

UPLAND >> The city was left with a $6.3 million surplus after positive revenue gains and winnings from two legal settlements in the last fiscal year.

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Money

By Jean Merl
October 16, 2014

Paul Chabot and Elan S. Carr have some things in common. Both are Republicans and first-time candidates, running this fall for open seats in Congress. Both are military veterans and they have the same campaign strategist.

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Barack Obama

By Juliet Eilperin
October 16, 2014 – at 10:46 PM

President Obama has canceled campaign trips, convened high-level meetings with his top security and health advisers, and consulted with seven heads of state around the globe in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. All in the past two days.

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InlandPolitics: Inland congressional fundraising totals

Campaigns

Thursday, October 15, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

It’s a funding drought for Inland Empire republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this case the numbers speak for themselves.

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The Sun: San Bernardino mayor: Police union claim untrue

San Bernardino SealSBPOA

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/15/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police union claims that the city’s management “misinterpreted” a tentative agreement are untrue, Mayor Carey Davis said Wednesday — it’s the union that’s trying to change the contract.

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California High-Speed Rail

The high-speed rail project won another victory today when the California Supreme Court announced it would not hear an appeal. (Associated Press)

By Lauren Raab
October 15, 2014

The state’s $68-billion bullet train project will proceed after the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to review a lower court ruling that said project officials have complied with a high-speed rail ballot measure that voters approved in 2008.

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Priya Mathur

Priya Mathur was removed from CalPERS board leadership positions for campaign finance disclosure infractions. | CalPERS

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
0/15/2014 10:37 PM

CalPERS punished one of its own Wednesday, stripping a prominent board member of her leadership positions because of her latest violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws.

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Politico: Koch donors uncloaked

Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL and MIKE ALLEN | 10/14/14 5:04 AM EDT Updated: 10/15/14 4:46 PM EDT

The deep-pocketed political network created by the billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch this summer quietly launched a super PAC that can buy explicitly political ads supporting Republican candidates rather than the issue-oriented ads they‘d been airing for years.

The catch: For the first time, the network’s donors would be publicly identified if they gave to the super PAC.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Derry PAC’s raising eyebrows

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Little ole Redlands, California is becoming the hot bed of local politics this cycle.

The simmering, by a handful, over Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry vying for one of three seats up for election on the Redlands City Council is taking the spotlight. One has to admit the contest is more interesting than the sleepy 31st Congresssional District race.

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money

Published: Oct. 14, 2014 – Updated: 4:53 p.m.

Since last year, more than $2 million in outside money has been spent in California’s 28th Senate District, where two Republicans are waging a bitter campaign for an open seat representing much of Riverside County.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

SBD International Airport

Published: Oct. 14, 2014 – Updated: 11:06 p.m.

Michael Burrows, who has been acting executive director of the two agencies that oversee the development of San Bernardino International Airport, has been officially appointed to the job.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino police union: Truce over

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 11:39 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

The police officer association’s nearly yearlong truce with the city is over, the union’s attorney said Wednesday in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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DailyBulletin: ONT marketing campaign draws criticism

 Ontario International Airport

A new billboard, part of a marketing campaign by Los Angeles World Airports, has gone up along the 57 Freeway in Pomona. Ontario’s name should be on top, one driver tweeted. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher — staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:08 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

ONTARIO >> There is growing skepticism about a newly launched billboard campaign meant to promote flights out of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar (D) left. Paul Chabot (R) right.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/14/14, 6:34 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Naval officer Paul Chabot offered different approaches to soaring education costs Tuesday inside San Bernardino’s Arrowhead Country Club.

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Aaron Kushner

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Register, owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, alleging breach of contract. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Shan Li
October 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Aguilar, Chabot to get late exposure

Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R) left. Pete Aguilar (D) right.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Both candidates running in the 31st Congressional District contest will finally have some face time together.

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Bonnie Garcia+Jeff Stone

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

There weren’t boxing gloves or dueling swords. In fact, a forum in Lake Elsinore last Friday for a contentious state Senate race was pretty civil.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Campaigns

Published: Oct. 13, 2014 – Updated: 10:45 p.m.

Four years ago, the Inland Empire was a battleground in the struggle for Sacramento.

Today, attention and money are going elsewhere, leaving a relatively subdued set of California state Assembly races on the Nov. 4 ballot in Riverside County. Much of the intrigue is in the 28th Senate District contest between Republicans Bonnie Garcia and Jeff Stone.

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

Eastvale-Logo-Color

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 6:40 p.m.

Former Eastvale City Manager Carol Jacobs, who resigned abruptly Aug. 27, received a lump sum payment of $62,772 from the city under a settlement agreement made public this week.

Terms of the pact also show that she quit rather than be fired.

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

James Ramos

San Bernardino Third District Supervisor James Ramos

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/13/14, 8:13 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A second political action committee has entered the Redlands City Council race in opposition of a candidate.

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Covered California

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 8:42 am

The group backing a health insurance rate-control measure on next month’s ballot called on Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday to investigate millions of dollars in no-bid contracts by Covered California and reported links between the health exchange’s executives and and the insurance industry.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 – 12:06 am

In most states, being elected to Congress is a big political deal – a major step up the political ladder to higher office.

In California, it’s pretty much a political dead end.

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LATimes: Home sales post gains

For Sale

Higher prices have pushed many investors and cash buyers out of the market, while still-low interest rates and an improving economy are luring more so-called regular buyers. Above, a home for sale in Long Beach. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

By Tim Logan
October 13, 2014

Southern California’s housing market is starting to pick up the pace.

Home sales in the six-county Southland grew for the first time in a year in September as prices moderated from last year’s torrid gains, according to figures out Monday.

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U.S. Senate

Senate control looks tantalizingly close for the GOP, but Democrats still have a fair chance to hold the line.

National Journal

By Scott Bland, Andrea Drusch and Alex Roarty
October 13, 2014

Three weeks before Election Day, Republicans are on the brink of winning the Senate. But their advantage is so slight that a morale-sapping defeat is still very much possible.

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Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his way through supporters of Iowa State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (David Greedy/Getty Images)

By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
October 13 at 5:10 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Officially, Mitt Romney returned to Iowa, the quadrennial presidential proving ground, to give a boost to Joni Ernst. But at a closed-door breakfast fundraiser here Monday, the first question from a donor had nothing to do with Ernst’s Senate campaign.

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RedlandsDailyFacts: City councils vulnerable to being forced to use districts

Highland District Boundaries

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/12/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

Cities across the state have been voluntarily complying with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001—while others, such as the city of Highland, are forced to consider changing their election system to avoid potentially costly litigation.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/12/14, 5:43 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The head of the nonprofit Time for Change Foundation is crying “dirty politics” after her nonprofit finished first in the bidding for funds the city said was available, only to have the City Council then change direction.

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VVDailyPress: Feds send Barstow casino notices to agencies

Los Coyotes Casino

Conceptual rendering of the proposed Barstow Casino. (Photo courtesy of www.barstowcasinoproject.com)

MIKE LAMB
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 12, 2014 @ 2:31 pm
Updated Oct 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

BARSTOW — Local government agencies would lose some property tax revenue if land being targeted for an Indian casino is put into a trust for development, but one Barstow City Councilman says that shouldn’t be a concern.

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By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press
Oct. 12, 2014 – 07:35 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.

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OCRegister: Turnout isn’t only poll issue

I Voted

BY MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Oct. 12, 2014 Updated: 3:33 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills this month intended to boost flagging voter engagement and participation.

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George Skelton

George Skelton
Los Angeles Times
george.skelton​@latimes.com
October 12, 2014

About the only thing Propositions 1 and 2 have in common is they’re being used as props of a different kind by Gov. Jerry Brown. They’re handy stage props for the governor’s reelection campaign.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

Jim Newton
Los Angeles Times
jim.newton​@latimes.com
October 13, 2014

As California’s Republican Party contemplates its way out of the political wilderness, most of the public debate has focused on questions of ideology: Can social conservatives stomach moderation on issues such as abortion or gay marriage in exchange for election victories?

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The PE: POLITICS: Party’s over for many

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Fed up with the two-party process, scores of Inland voters are filing as independents.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

The percentage of independent voters statewide has hit an all-time high, the California Secretary of State’s Office recently reported. Almost 1 in 4 voters is not registered with a political party, up from 20 percent in 2010.

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

The PE: REDLANDS: 6 vie for 3 seats on City Council

Redlands

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Redlands City Council. The election is Nov. 4.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 6:27 p.m.

Three of five seats on the Redlands City Council are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Supporters and opponents differ over whether measures to elect the mayor directly and impose term limits on the November ballot are the best way to put those changes in place.

Published: Oct. 11, 2014 – Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Four years after Moreno Valley voters overwhelmingly backed an advisory measure to make the mayor a directly elected position, they will have the opportunity Nov. 4 to actually make the change.

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

Ontario International Airport
Documents cited by attorneys representing Ontario detail several instances in which Los Angeles World Airports appeared to direct key personnel to focus efforts on Los Angeles International Airport rather than ONT.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/11/14, 9:21 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

ONTARIO >> A billboard marketing blitz will take off on Monday promoting flights out of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Jerry Brown

By Juliet Williams, The Associated Press
Posted: 10/11/14, 12:20 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SACRAMENTO >> Mandarin Restraint and steady progress don’t necessarily make for catchy political slogans. But a sure-handed approach to managing California’s fiscal recovery is Gov. Jerry Brown’s central pitch to voters as he seeks re-election to an unprecedented fourth term as governor.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 – 8:07 pm

The Capitol’s politicians have known for years – and should have known for decades – that the state budget’s ever-increasing dependence on personal income taxes, especially those from high-income taxpayers, posed a big problem.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 11, 2014

For months, voters have been barraged by claims and counterclaims from Republicans and Democrats about the degree to which the landscape is shifting in the race for control of the Senate, which polls are correct and who has the best voter turnout operation. Get ready for more, and be wary about what you hear.

Two narratives have competed for attention since Campaign 2014 got underway.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

San Bernardino - No on Q

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

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

Colton’s former city manager who says he was fired while investigating suspected misconduct and misappropriation of public funds by city officials, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the city violated his rights and state laws and should not be able to hire a new city manager until they correct the process.

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California Department of Justice

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 – 11:39 am

State Attorney General Kamala Harris quietly opened an investigation last month into the California Public Utilities Commission regarding rate-setting procedures and the gas-line explosion in San Bruno, according to emails obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Chad Terhune
October 10, 2014

Escalating its battle with organized labor, Prime Healthcare Services Inc. reached a deal to acquire six nonprofit Catholic hospitals in California, including St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

Money

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Why won’t Aguilar, Chabot debate?

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Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.
While some congressional candidates enjoy facing their opponents, others in high-profile races see the forum as risky.

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:47 p.m.

The candidates in one of the Inland Empire’s most competitive and closely watched political races have not debated since the primary, and there are no plans to do so any time soon.

The lack of a debate between Democrat Pete Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional District frustrates some voters. The San Bernardino County seat on the Nov. 4 ballot is open after the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/09/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

Former Colton City Manager Stephen Compton has filed a wrongful termination and retaliation claim against the city, alleging he was let go while investigating unlawful activities, including misappropriation of funds by city officials.

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Montclair

Posted: 10/09/14, 10:15 AM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

The Montclair Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Committee will sponsor a Candidates Forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 5111 Benito St., Montclair.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Two years ago, Democrats won what were quickly dubbed “supermajorities” in both houses of the Legislature, but in the ensuing months, they lost the Senate supermajority.

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