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The PE: MENIFEE: Councilman Tom Fuhrman arrested in corruption probe

Menifee Seal

BY SARAH BURGE AND TOM SHERIDAN / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 Updated: 7:23 p.m.

Menifee Councilman Thomas Fuhrman was arrested on suspicion of corruption charges Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

To read story by Sarah Burge and Tom Sheridan in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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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NYTimes: For Aaron Kushner, a Difficult Foray Into Newspapers

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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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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The Sun: SBPEA sues former general manager for more than $700,000

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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InlandPolitics: Allegations made against former S.B. County labor union exec

SBPEA

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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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LATimes: State Supreme Court lets bullet train project go forward

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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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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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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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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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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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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DailyBulletin: LA/Ontario International Airport billboards questioned

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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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager sentenced

Robb Quincey

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been sentenced as a result of his guilty plea to a single count of felony conflict of interest last month.

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Colton-seal

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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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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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Davis, Soubirous investigation costs may rise

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The city spent almost $93,000 on probes of alleged charter violations, but councilmen are hoping to recover their legal fees.

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Oct. 8, 2014 Updated: 10:09 p.m.

Riverside has spent nearly $93,000 investigating complaints against Councilmen Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis, but the only public discussion was a July hearing on the Soubirous findings. Questions remain as to whether the council should have talked about the complaints publicly or reported its closed-door decisions on them.

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

The Sun: Ex-councilman Robert Jenkins’ arraignment delayed

Robert Jenkins

Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 2 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> After moving through a felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing, former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Tuesday for an information arraignment that was continued until Oct. 27.

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LA County Twin Towers Jail

Proposition 47 would reduce penalties for drug possession and thefts below $950 — reducing offenders’ time in jail. Shown is the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By Paige St. John
October 7, 2014

The push by progressive foundations and a conservative evangelist to recast some of California’s most common crimes as misdemeanors is drawing major financial support from the state’s well-heeled activists.

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SFChronicle: Supreme Court upholds distress damages for fatal police shootings

Posted on Monday, October 6 at 6:20pm | By Bob Egelko

When police fatally shoot someone without justification, California law allows the victims’ estates to recover damages for economic losses, but not for the pain the victim suffered before death. That limitation will no longer apply in federal courts in the state, as the result of an order Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:20 am

Political cognoscenti know that the most important factor in determining which politician and party wins a congressional or a state legislative seat is how the district lines are drawn.

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Politico: Why the Supreme Court punted on gay marriage

U.S. Supreme Court

The court released no vote count Monday and no justice publicly dissented.

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 10/6/14 8:06 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court added fuel Monday to the same-sex marriage drive sweeping the country like wildfire, clearing the way for judicial rulings to add 11 more states to the 19 which already allow the practice.

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NYTimes: California Voters to Decide on Sending Fewer Criminals to Prison

Handcuffs

By ERIK ECKHOLM
OCT. 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft.

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Calpensions: Pensions still a puzzle in Stockton bankruptcy

Pieces to the Puzzle

By Ed Mendel
October 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled last week that Stockton’s CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.

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The Sun: Judge orders Redlands school district to change public records policy

Redlands Unified School District

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/04/14, 5:44 PM PDT |

A judge has ordered the Redlands Unified School District to alter its public record policies, which, he ruled, violate the California Public Records Act.

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Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court. The prospect of a monumental ruling on same-sex marriage dominates expectations of the coming session.

By Robert Barnes
October 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The 10th edition of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. begins work Monday with the prospect of a monumental ruling for gay rights that could serve as a surprising legacy of an otherwise increasingly conservative court.

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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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

VVDailyPress: Adelanto employees told to delete emails

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City officials say ‘non-essential’ messages deleted for storage space, professionalism

CITY GOVERNMENT

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 2, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto officials confirmed Thursday that city employees were told to delete some emails from their inboxes on Wednesday, but city officials said they do not believe they’ve violated a state law requiring public records to be kept for two years.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang
October 2, 2014

Federal officials have rejected a last-ditch effort by Los Angeles County to maintain control over its jails and will move forward with a consent decree to address longstanding problems with mental health care in the troubled facilities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 10:20 pm

It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.

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NYTimes: Bankruptcy Judge in California Challenges Sanctity of Pensions

US Bankruptcy Court

Stockton, Calif., faced a $1.6 billion termination fee from Calpers if it dropped out of the state pension system.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy
By Mary Williams Walsh
October 1, 2014 9:15 pmOctober 1, 2014 9:15 pm

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday upended the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping away at the idea that pensions are sacrosanct in a municipal bankruptcy.

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AP: Ruling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefits

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AP California News
Oct 2, 9:28 AM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation – pension funds or creditors.

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San Bernardino Seal

The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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Los Angeles World Airports

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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The PE: ONTARIO: ‘Inbred Inland Empire’ not aimed at region, airports exec claims

Ken Calvert

Calvert

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert wants a Los Angeles airport executive fired for using the term “inbred Inland Empire” and calling improvements at Ontario International Airport “a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.”

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

Veto

Posted on Monday, September 29 at 4:54pm | By Bob Egelko

One of the hardest-fought crime bills of the legislative session, stiffening the laws against prosecutors who withhold evidence that might help the defense, has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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LATimes: Governor vetoes bill that would have limited police use of drones

Drone

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
September 28, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Riverside judge asked to rule on ONT suit

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Ontario’s lawyers want her to uphold its right to sue for the return of local control of airport. Owner L.A. says it’s too late.

Published: Sept. 26, 2014 Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Ontario is asking a judge to unwind the city’s agreement with Los Angeles that gave L.A. control of Ontario International Airport, saying Ontario officials in 1967 and 1985 had no right to give up the airport forever and provide no way out of the contract.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: IMMIGRATION: DMV revving up for driver’s licenses

DMV Illegal License Format

Published: Sept. 25, 2014 Updated: 10:20 p.m.

California will begin issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in the next few months. Here’s what you need to know.

To read story by David Olson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: Parker’s wife halts legal action

SBSO Sheriff

Family will wait to see who ‘a case should be filed against’
ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
Updated Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The wife of a Victorville man who died after being stunned with a Taser multiple times last month told the Daily Press on Thursday that she is no longer pursuing legal action in the death of her husband, and is waiting to see exactly how she should approach a case.

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Kamala Harris

Harris

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:35 am
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 12:23 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she plans to remain in her current job following speculation she was on the short list to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned Thursday after six years in the post.

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Politico: Why Holder Quit

Eric Holder

Politics
The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
By GLENN THRUSH
September 25, 2014

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts— would nail his dismount.

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Reuters: California police settle with woman punched by officer for $1.5 milli

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Curtis Skinner
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:33am EDT

(Reuters) – A woman who was repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer has settled her lawsuit for $1.5 million, police said on Wednesday, and the money will be used for her long-term care.

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LATimes: Six L.A. County sheriff workers get prison for obstructing jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Victoria Kim
September 23, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a “corrupt culture” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

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Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

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

San Bernardino

Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/14, 8:57 PM PDT | Updated: 58 secs ago

Hearings have begun on Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, slightly more than a year after the distressed Motor City filed for bankruptcy — and at least six months before San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy a year before Detroit, expects to even come up with a plan.

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

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SacBee: License plate scanner networks capture movements

License Plate Scanner

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ELLIOT SPAGAT
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 8:28 am

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

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NYTimes: Republicans Switch Firm Handling Obama Suit

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Politics
By ASHLEY PARKER
SEPT. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.

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SacBee: CalPERS gets $88 million in Citi settlement

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 4:44 pm

CalPERS said Thursday it has collected $88 million from a previously-announced settlement with Citigroup Inc. over toxic mortgage securities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:41 pm

The California Voting Rights Act was signed by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2002, but it was years before it began to have real-world impacts.

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LATimes: Jail deputy convicted in conspiracy to hide federal informant

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice Tuesday after a previous trial this year had ended with jurors deadlocked 6 to 6.

By Victoria Kim
September 16, 2014

A federal court jury convicted a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a scheme aimed at hiding an inmate who had been working as a federal informant.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario, Los Angeles to head back to court for ONT case

Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth at Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (File photo by John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/15/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> The 1967 agreement which gave control of then Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles will be subject to legal scrutiny next month.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

California Supreme Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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SacBee: Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Resignation

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 7:32 am

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles files motion challenging Ontario airport dispute

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/13/14, 11:19 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles will be back in court Monday morning for significant a motion involving the takeover of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

Scales of Justice

Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

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

Father Time

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

San Bernardino Seal

By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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OCRegister: Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory charged with false filing

Webster Guillory

Official didn’t personally witness signatures being collected, though he signed the form saying he did, according to the DA.

BY SEAN EMERY and TONY SAAVEDRA / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Prosecutors charged Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory on Tuesday with filing false nomination papers, alleging that during his re-election bid, he claimed to have personally collected signatures on petitions that were circulated by an associate.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were convicted in July of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for a seat on the council. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
September 9, 2014

Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in County Jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager Quincey enters plea deal

Robb Quincey

Quincey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 04:30 p.m.

Former Upland, California City manager Robb Quincey pleaded no contest to one count of conflict of interest in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

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VVDailyPress: Ex-Barstow mayor pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Joe Gomez

Gomez ordered to serve 3 years probation, stay away from victim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 12:56 pm
Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge, ending four years of criminal proceedings drawn out by attorney changes and ongoing investigations.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

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Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

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

VVDailyPress: Complaint filed over VVC bond spending

Victor Valley College

Citizens Bond Oversight members allege money illegally spent

Brooke Self, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 31, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

VICTORVILLE — A member of the Victor Valley College Measure JJ Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has filed a complaint with the San Bernardino County District Attorney about bond funds he believes were illegally spent.

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LATimes: Lawmakers could face restrictions on soliciting money for nonprofits

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

Lawmakers early Saturday approved a measure that would prohibit elected officials from soliciting contributions for nonprofit groups controlled by the official or a family member and that would limit the personal use of campaign funds.

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sign - no gifts

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

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No Guns

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 5:21 pm

As the California Legislature churned toward adjournment this week, it was considering – as usual – new laws to inhibit gun ownership, adding to what are already, for better or worse, the nation’s most restrictive gun controls.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
Augs=ust 28, 2014

A state commission decided unanimously Thursday to confirm the appointment of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court, paving the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s second high-court nominee this term to take the bench in January.

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UTSanDiego: Cities lose ‘prevailing wage’ case

Highway Construction

Tentative ruling upholds state law requiring generally higher pay on most public projects

By Mark Walker2:45 p.m.Aug. 28, 2014Updated4:39 p.m.

An attempt by several cities to overturn a state law that forces them to choose between paying generally higher or “prevailing” wages on most public works projects or lose state construction dollars has been turned aside in a tentative court ruling.

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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

gavel

The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
August 28, 2014

To address the problem of rape on campuses, California colleges and universities would have to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity under a proposal passed by state lawmakers Thursday.

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Handcuffs

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 10:22 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 8:57 am

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California’s 25 largest cities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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money in hand

By Patrick McGreevy
August 26, 2014

With two of its members accused of accepting payments for favors, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the restitution fines for legislators and city council members convicted of accepting a bribe in exchange for influence on official action.

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VVDailyPress: Trial close for former Barstow mayor

Joe Gomez

CRIMINAL COURTS
After long delays, sexual battery case looms next week
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Delayed for years by attorney changes, ongoing investigation and scheduling conflicts, the misdemeanor sexual battery trial for former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez is expected to finally get underway next week, the case’s prosecutor said Monday.

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