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SFChronicle: Signs of donor fatigue at Obama’s Bay Area fundraisers

Money

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am, Thursday, July 24, 2014

President Obama hit the Bay Area for a fast cash-and-grab fundraising drive Wednesday, but there were signs that even in one of the nation’s most reliable Democratic ATMs, donor fatigue is setting in.

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California Drought

California drought
By Veronica Rocha
July 23, 2014

Most of California’s major reservoirs are now less than half-full — or at what officials call a “seriously low” level — but that’s still nowhere near the historic lows set in 1977, the state’s driest year on record.

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Politico: Barack Obama locks out the press — again

Barack Obama

But Obama has attended three super PAC events in the past week. | AP Photo

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/23/14 9:02 PM EDT Updated: 7/24/14 12:00 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.

Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.

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IEBusinessDaily: Defense wins early round in corruption trial

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge today dismissed a conspiracy count against four defendants in a prominent public corruption case.

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Riverside council members voted Tuesday not to take action against Councilman Mike Soubirous after an investigation of complaints against him was inconclusive.

Published: July 22, 2014
Updated: July 23, 2014 12:48 a.m.

An investigation of Councilman Mike Soubirous ended Tuesday with no council action against him, but City Hall still was not a friendly place to be.

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

Elections

Resignations and deaths are bringing new faces to the Eastvale City Council and to Jurupa Valley governing boards

Published: July 22, 2014 Updated: July 23, 2014 12:10 a.m.

November’s election brings the prospect of change on city councils and boards throughout Riverside County.

But due to resignations and deaths, change already is underway in the northwest Riverside County cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

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

California State University - San Bernardino

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/22/14, 9:47 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Upland resident Mirella Lozano has hope.

Despite being unemployed for five years, he’s optimistic about San Bernardino County’s job market.

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Tax Reform

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 07/22/2014 07:15:34 PM PDT3 Comments
Updated: 07/22/2014 08:09:01 PM PDT

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – 10:18 pm

During the last four decades, no California political issue has burned more intensely than capital punishment, but it may have ended with a whimper, rather than with a bang, last week.

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Stanford law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is Gov. Jerry Brown’s state Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Courtesy Governor’s Office)

Bob Egelko
Updated 10:55 pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.

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Economy

By Bernard Condon
Associated Press
Posted: 07/22/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT0 Comments
Updated: 07/22/2014 04:52:56 PM PDT

NEW YORK — Just as the U.S. economy is strengthening, other countries are threatening to drag it down.

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waterdrop

By Veronica Rocha
July 22, 2014

The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

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The PE: SIX CALIFORNIAS: Where the Inland Empire fits in

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July 21, 2014

You might have heard about a Silicon Valley venture capitalist’s plan to split California into six states to promote better governance.

Timothy Draper recently submitted 1.3 million signatures to get his “Six Californias” plan on the November 2016 ballot. If voters and Congress approve, the Golden State would be divided into Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

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

The PE: RANCHO MIRAGE: Is Obama buying a home?

Barack Obama

Speculation is swirling that the first family is purchasing a $4.25 million, 8,232-square-foot hilltop estate in the gated community of Thunderbird Heights. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photograher)

Published: July 21, 2014 Updated: July 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

More than a month after President Barack Obama vacationed in the opulent desert community of Rancho Mirage, speculation is again swirling that the first family is in the process of buying a home there.

To read story by Luke Ramseth in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/22/14, 12:13 AM PDT | Updated: 54 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City Attorney Gary Saenz called Monday for a council committee to immediately begin studying alternative ways to enforce its medical marijuana dispensary ban, including allowing — and regulating — a small number of dispensaries.

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VVDailyPress: Economist sees full recovery in 15 months

John Husing

UNEMPLOYMENT
Region could make up all jobs lost in Great Recession by September 2015
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 22, 2014 @ 7:48 am / Updated at 7:53 AM

Even as the region lags behind the state, the economy in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is on track to fully recover all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession by September 2015, noted economist John Husing said Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 – 12:00 am

One can categorize politicians by many indices – honesty, intelligence, effectiveness and ideology, for instance.

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Politico: Political shakeup looms in California

California Democrats

From top left, clockwise: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are pictured in this composite. | Getty

Politico

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/20/14 5:29 PM EDT – Updated: 7/21/14 6:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 – 12:00 am

In an otherwise lackluster campaign season, California’s most interesting political duel may be one for a rare vacancy on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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By Dustin Volz
July 20, 2014

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein thoroughly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in empowering Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists, during an interview with CNN on Sunday, largely laying the blame at his feet for the downing last week of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet.

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NYPost: Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

Young Republicans

By Kyle Smith
July 19, 2014 | 12:28pm

There’s probably never been a time when humanity wasn’t collectively in a torment and uproar about what its young folk were up to. (Gur to Urp, 10,000 B.C.: “Can you believe how short the girls are wearing their bearskins these days?”)

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/19/14, 10:25 AM PDT |

Rialto >> When former Rialto Unified Superintendent Harold Cebrun agreed he would leave his job at the end of March, he and the school board agreed: Neither would say a disparaging word about the other. Three months later, the district has paid out more than $30,000 for violating that non-disparagement clause.

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NFL

By Sam Farmer
July 19, 2014

San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders have stadium leases that could make move to L.A. viable

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KPCC: Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

San Bernardino Sign

The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announced Friday, July 18, that the aquifer beneath the Bunker Hill Basin — an important source of drinking water — was at a record low. Grant Hindsley/AP

Molly Peterson
July 18, 2014

An underground aquifer that is an important source of drinking water for the Inland Empire is at a record low, local water officials reported Friday.

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DailyBulletin: Former Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn mulls city council seat

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/18/14, 3:06 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn may be making his way to back to City Hall but this time as a councilman.

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unemployment

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/18/14, 6:13 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

California’s economic recovery hit a milestone last month as the state finally regained all of the jobs it lost in the Great Recession.

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Recount

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 11:08 pm

Assemblyman John A. Pérez abandoned his recount in the California controller’s race Friday, ending an effort to overcome a narrow third-place finish after picking up only a handful of votes amid increasing impatience from Democratic activists and others worried about its impact on the fall election.

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 3:25 pm

California’s political ethics agency has begun posting the names of campaign treasurers who have repeatedly run afoul of state rules, with the goal of alerting candidates and party officials.

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The Sun: San Bernardino holds final public hearing on city charter

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/18/14, 12:26 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Residents and city employees said their piece Thursday evening at the final public hearing on five proposed amendments to the city charter before the City Council’s planned Aug. 7 vote on whether to put those changes on the ballot.

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Recount

By Chris Megerian
July 17, 2014

The recount in the California controller race has produced only a handful of new votes for Assemblyman John A. Pérez, the candidate who launched the review.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 – 9:25 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 18, 2014 – 6:52 am

The Legislature’s Democrats voted to place an advisory measure on the Nov. 4 ballot, asking voters whether Congress should pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial ruling removing barriers on corporate contributions in federal campaigns.

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California

By CONNOR GRUBAUGH
Posted 07.17.2014

While most indicators signal an economic upswing in California, the reality facing many residents of the Golden State is simple: On the ground, the recovery is still sluggish.

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Drought Watch

By Los Angeles Times staff
July 18, 2014

More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the National Weather Service.

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The PE: POLITICS: Ruiz reports stunning $1.9 million war chest

Raul Ruiz

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: 5:11 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, reported a stunning $1.9 million cash on hand as of June 30, more than eight times the war chest of his challenger, Republican Brian Nestande, who had $234,632, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

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But it could still be a struggle to get Gov. Jerry Brown to provide millions of dollars to four cities hammered by the 2011 loss of fee revenue.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 9:18 a.m.

A bill giving millions of dollars to four fledgling Riverside County cities appears headed for the governor’s desk, but there’s no guarantee it will be signed, the county’s lobbyist told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

U.S.-District-Court

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 07/16/14, 7:57 PM PDT |

A federal court judge ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment because long delays create an uncertainty for inmates, who are more likely to naturally die on death row than to be executed.

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Hilda Solis

L.A. County supervisorial candidate Hilda Solis, center, is joined by supporters after getting the endorsement of current Supervisor Gloria Molina, right, during a news conference at L.A. County/USC Medical Center on May 8. Solis won the primary election last month. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Abby Sewell
July 16, 2014

A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an “ongoing law enforcement investigation” related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis — now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect.

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Comcast

By Angela Hill
ahill@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 07/16/2014 04:15:47 PM PDT9 Comments
Updated: 07/16/2014 04:45:56 PM PDT

By now, you likely know of the Comcast call heard round the Internet — the eight-minute segment of an excruciating 18-minute phone call that tech journalist Ryan Block endured with a so-called customer-service rep when he tried to cancel his service.

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marijuana-leaf

By Evan Halper
July 16, 2014

When it comes to liberalizing marijuana policy, Congress has once again shown that it is not always the liberals taking the lead.

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IEBusinessDaily: Anti-Development efforts hold back job-creating solar project

Solar Panels

July 16, 2014

A clean energy company is continuing its fight to build a job-creating solar power generation facility on 23 acres in unincorporated Apple Valley. Clean Focus Corporation was denied its conditional use permit request via a 3-0 vote by the San Bernardino County Planning Commissioners on June 19, and is appealing that decision in front of the Board of Supervisors on August 5th.

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GOP

July 16, 2014

California’s Republican congressional delegation is doing its part to help Paul Chabot win in November.

Congressmen including House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, are scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Chabot on Thursday, July 24 in Washington, DC. Others listed on the invite include reps. Ken Calvert, R-Corona; Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine and Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

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

MetroLink

Metrolink will be cutting back on service to San Bernardino, starting Oct. 1.

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/14/14, 6:15 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

Starting Oct. 1, two mid-day trains and two late-night trains will be removed from the commuter rail’s most popular service, said Jeff Lustgarten, chief spokesperson for Metrolink and its parent, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority.

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Drought

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 – 5:11 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 – 9:34 am

It will now be considered a criminal act to waste water in California.

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By Chris Megerian
July 15, 2014

Controller candidate Betty Yee is getting new financial support from the California Democratic Party as she faces a recount challenge from Assemblyman John A. Pérez, her Democratic opponent in the primary.

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OCRegister: Full $1 million Dorner reward won’t be paid

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Not all donors have made good on their pledges; recipients say city of L.A. isn’t making good on pledge to make up the difference.

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER
Published: July 15, 2014 Updated: 10:23 p.m.

The entire $1 million reward offered for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner will not be paid out because some donors canceled their pledges when the terms – arrest and conviction – were not met, the Los Angeles mayor’s office said.

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Los Angeles Clippers

By Nathan Fenno
July 15, 2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver left open the possibility Tuesday that Donald and Shelly Sterling could still own the Clippers when the new season starts in October.

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VVDailyPress: West Valley facing wrongful death suit

Sheriff

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 15, 2014 @ 8:11 am
Updated at 8:40 AM

Three weeks before an inmate at West Valley Detention Center was reported dead Thursday from an apparent medical emergency, the family of an inmate who died there in June 2013 filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the jail, which they said ignored repeated calls for the inmate’s immediate medical attention.

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calpers

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014 – 12:13 am

Continuing to claw their way back from the 2008 market crash, California’s two giant public pension funds said Monday they each earned more than 18 percent on their investments in the just-ended fiscal year.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) Right.

July 14, 2014

Pete Aguilar and Paul Chabot each are making the case for favored candidate status in the race for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

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

SacBee: Full recount could last beyond November election

Recount

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 3:47 pm

Election officials in Kern and Imperial counties continued hand recounts Monday of thousands of ballots in the state controller’s race, with a new survey by the secretary of state’s office suggesting that the recount could last well beyond the Nov. 4 election if it covers all of the 15 counties sought by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

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CPR: California looks to regulate medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Monday, July 14, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

The strange bedfellows’ society was definitely in session at a recent Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing.

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bank-of-america

By E. Scott Reckard and Jim Puzzanghera
July 14, 2014

With Citigroup Inc. agreeing to pay $7 billion for issuing toxic mortgage securities, the Justice Department now turns to settling its case against what analysts call the biggest mortgage miscreant of all: Bank of America Corp.

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Apple Hosts Its Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after the keynote at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, when it unveiled a new programming language called Swift. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

By Cade Metz
07.14.14 | 6:30 am

Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn’t mention it to anyone, not even his closest friends and colleagues.

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WSJ: For Fed, Raising Rates Won’t Be Easy

federal reserve

The Wall Street Journal
By Justin Lahart
JUly 13, 2014

Any time the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, there is risk to the economy. The next time it does so will be far more fraught than ever before.

The Federal Reserve is hoping it will be able to raise rates without rattling markets. Doing so after injecting so much money into the banking system may not come easily.

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Neel Kashkari

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 9:21 am

Another radio station cranked up for news talk, and Neel Kashkari chewed pizza outside the studio, ready to go on air.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 12:00 am

Ever since Stockton filed for bankruptcy two years ago, Judge Christopher Klein has strongly hinted that he’s willing – perhaps even eager – to declare that city employee pension obligations are debts that could be trimmed along with those of more conventional creditors.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council, residents want to fix ‘broken’ ethics process

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Public meetings in September will take community input before council’s decision on whether to make changes to 9-year-old code.

Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: 7:41 p.m.

Riverside residents and council members are asking for changes to the city’s ethics code to make the complaint process more fair and to address concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

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

SCLA

A worker at Southern California Logistics Airport works on an aircraft engine. (Sarah Alvarado/Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 12, 2014 @ 7:09 pm
Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Parked airplanes dotted a wide expanse of concrete, nestled in hangars and lined up in rows in areas often mistaken for boneyards. During a recent tour of Southern California Logistics Airport, the massive logistics and industrial park seemed rather quiet while certain corners faded into the abandoned George Air Force Base housing not far away.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

Were California a nation, we learned last week, its $2.2 trillion economy could claim eighth place in international economic standings, having bypassed Italy and Russia in the last year.

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LAPD

The Los Angeles police officers union has rejected a proposed one-year contract extension agreement reached with city negotiators and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

Signaling frustration over issues surrounding pay and discipline, Los Angeles police officers rejected a proposed one-year contract extension reached with Mayor Eric Garcetti and city negotiators.

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The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 07/12/14 06:00 AM EDT

Immigration reform has fizzled as an issue for Democrats, who are barely mentioning it on the campaign trail despite making the issue their top domestic priority in 2013 and 2014.

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DailyBulletin: 31st Congressional District candidates weigh in on border crisis

Chabot+Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/11/14, 9:44 PM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

The crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant young people and mothers with children from Central America crossing over the border into the United States has provided a source of widely differing views among the candidates running for the 31st Congressional District in November.

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Elections 2014

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 11, 2014 – 10:48 pm

While a historically small number of Californians participated on Election Day, more of them than ever cast their votes by mail.

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calpers

By Paul Elias, Associated Press
Posted: 07/11/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT
Updated: 07/11/2014 03:46:48 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The former head of the nation’s largest pension fund admitted Friday that he took bribes, including hundreds of thousands of dollars stuffed in paper bags and a shoe box, and helped an associate collect millions in a fraudulent investment scheme.

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Louisiana Purchase

The Louisiana Purchase, most fortunate land deal in American history, was to Thomas Jefferson’s critics a case of unconstitutional overreach. ( St. Louis Public Library )

Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let’s hear what they say.

James Fallows
July 11 2014, 4:11 PM ET

Every big peacetime project that any democracy has ever undertaken has generated controversy.

In retrospect, both the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the Alaska Purchase of 1867 look like Heaven-sent, near-theft, no-brainer, “where would we possibly be without them?” steps in the development of American scale and might. But each met bitter opposition in its time.

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Settlement

Larry Gordon
July 11, 2014

UCLA has agreed to pay $500,000, including $350,000 in scholarships, to settle a claim by a prominent African American judge over alleged mistreatment and racial profiling by campus police during a traffic stop last year, officials announced Friday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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VVDailyPress: Three Town Council seats up for election

Apple Valley

GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jul. 10, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Three of the town’s five council seats will be open for election in November. The seats are held by Curt Emick, Scott Nassif and Barb Stanton.

All three were elected to four-year terms on Nov. 2, 2010.

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SacBee: California general fund ends fiscal year in black

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014 – 4:00 pm

In the latest sign of California’s improving budget outlook, the state general fund ended the fiscal year in the black for the first time since June 2007, according to the state controller’s monthly cash report.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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Colonies Crossroads Shopping Center

Restaurant development across the Inland Empire is on the rise as the economy improves. Panera Bread, Pick Up Stix, Chipotle and The Habit are among the new offerings at The Colonies Shopping Center in Upland. (Neil Nisperos — Staff)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/14, 9:43 PM PDT |

Newer large shopping centers in the region have opened with a slate of new eateries in the past year and more may arrive in the coming months.

The trend indicates a return to normalcy for the regional economy, as restaurant construction and openings had stagnated during the recession and business slowdown.

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waterdrop

State water regulators are considering fines up to $500 to enforce emergency restrictions on urban water use like irrigating lawns and car washing due to the state’s severe drought, because conservation efforts so far aren’t producing enough results.

By Jessica Calefati and Denis Cuff, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 07/09/14, 7:58 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

SACRAMENTO — Few Californians listened earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown begged them to conserve water. So now, with no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, state officials are poised to slap water wasters with unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 4:58 pm

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

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Barack Obama

President Obama took questions Wednesday in Dallas after making a statement on the border crisis, defending his decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas. (AP)

Politics
By Katie Zezima and David Nakamura
July 9, 2014 at 8:56 PM

DALLAS — President Obama on Wednesday forcefully defended his decision not to visit the Texas border with Mexico to view a burgeoning humanitarian crisis, saying he’s “not interested in photo ops” and challenging Congress to give him new authority to respond to the situation.

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The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington

The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building is reflected on wet marble during the early morning hours in Washington, July 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By Michael Flaherty and Alistair Bell
WASHINGTON Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:02am EDT

(Reuters) – A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve’s long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

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InlandPolitics: Trial set in San Bernardino County Sheriff pay case

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

An effort to reach a settlement in a case tied to the falsification of training records in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, has failed.

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Ontario International

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/14, 10:17 PM PDT | Updated: 43 secs ago

ONTARIO >> Following six consecutive years of decline, passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airports has apparently stabilized in the early part of 2014.

But members of the Ontario International Airport Authority are reluctant to equate the recent reports as good news for the medium-hub facility.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 11:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 7:32 am

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

On Tuesday, a federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento inched closer to changing all that. Commenting during a hearing on Stockton’s bankruptcy case, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein suggested that employees and retirees could have their pensions reduced to facilitate the city’s financial reorganization.

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Carla Marinucci

Posted on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:32am | By Carla Marinucci

Republicans get an edge not only with the party’s choice of Cleveland as the site of the party’s 2016 nominating convention, but also in their plans to hold the convention in early summer, says Shawn Steel, a former chair of California GOP and a member of the Republican National Committee site selection committee.

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The Sun: Investigation of Colton city manager stalls budget

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/07/14, 2:28 PM PDT | Updated: 37 secs ago

COLTON >> An investigation related to the city’s top manager comes at one of the worst times for Colton — budget season.

The situation has prompted a 60-day delay until the police chief, who has been tasked as interim city manager in Stephen Compton’s absence, guides departments, many without directors, into a fiscal plan to keep the city running.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 7:45 am

California politics is meandering into uncharted procedural and legal territory with former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s go-for-broke decision to seek a vote recount in his duel with Board of Equalization member Betty Yee for a spot on the November state controller ballot.

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San Bernardino Sign

A San Bernardino sign on I-10 East is seen on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in San Bernardino, Calif. The San Bernardino city council voted Tuesday night in favor of the city filing for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Grant Hindsley)

San Bernardino’s deal means pensions off bankruptcy table
By Steven Greenhut1:47 p.m.July 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has racked up another victory in its effort to halt any effort by municipalities to get out from under their crushing pension obligations.

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California Money

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 – 2:57 am

California’s economy has overtaken Russia and Italy, with the state now ranked as the world’s eighth-largest economy.

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Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 7/7/14 9:00 PM EDT Updated: 7/8/14 5:41 AM EDT

At first, it seemed like just another example of Harry Reid being Harry Reid.

The Senate majority leader, whose unscripted attacks can veer into bellicosity and take liberties with facts, spoke on the Senate floor last October and appeared to blame billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch for the government shutdown.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

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