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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

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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

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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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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

U.S. House of Representatives

Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:31 am

It’s no secret that quite a few state legislators actually live outside districts they represent even though state law and constitution require them to reside in their districts.

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SBCO Sheriff Badge

Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Just when you think things might start getting better. They don’t.

It seems the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t buy good luck these days.

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By JULIET WILLIAMS and FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press
Posted: 08/23/2014 10:57:42 AM PDT
Updated: 08/23/2014 11:17:57 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state’s majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

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SacBee: California pensions, consumers get $800 million from Bank of America case

Bank of America

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 – 8:29 am
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 – 7:55 am

California homeowners and pension funds will receive $800 million from Bank of America Corp., the state’s share of a record-breaking settlement over toxic mortgages issued and packaged as investment securities during the housing bubble.

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NationalJournal: Why an Indictment Could Be a Blessing for Perry

Rick Perry

It lets him play victim, among other things.
By Lucia Graves
August 18, 2014

After the schadenfreude surrounding news of Rick Perry’s indictment subsided on Friday night, America awoke this weekend to a general consensus that the case against the Texas governor was overblown. Obama adviser David Axelrod deemed it “sketchy,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz dubbed it “outrageous,” and MSNBC’s Tim Noah tweeted, “I’m no fan of Rick Perry & I’m no lawyer. But this indictment looks pretty thin to me.”

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The PE: CASSIE MACDUFF: Freeing ONT won’t be cheap, fast or easy

Cassie MacDuff

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 – Updated: 10:38 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s willingness to transfer control of Ontario International Airport from the city of L.A. to a local airport authority gave Inland residents reason to cheer.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

ACLU

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:31 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened an office here for a boots-on-the-ground offensive in the San Bernardino-Riverside county area — home to more than 4.3 million people.

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SacBee (AP): Court: Silence can be used against suspects

California Supreme Court  justices

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

To read the published opinion, click the following link: People v. Tom

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury focused on Taser use

grand_jury

Report called for enhanced training, greater communication

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 14, 2014 @ 7:28 pm
Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

A little more than a year before Dante Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody after having been stunned with a Taser multiple times, a county grand jury committee urged the Sheriff’s Department to implement enhanced Taser training while calling for greater communication among on-scene deputies.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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InlandPolitics: Sterling appeal denied

Gavel

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

For our readers who happen to be Clipper fans.

The California Second District Court of Appeal has put a fork in Donald Sterlings last minute attempt to reverse the sale of his former team.

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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was finalized Tuesday.

By Ben Bolch, Nathan Fenno and Melissa Rohlin
August 12, 2014

The NBA announced that Steve Ballmer’s $2-billion purchase of the Clippers had closed on Tuesday, making the former Microsoft CEO the undisputed owner of the team.

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SacBee: California campaign finance measure booted off ballot

By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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LATimes: First came data-driven policing. Now comes data-driven prosecutions.

Op-Ed
By Heather Mac Donald
August 9, 2014

Prosecutors’ offices are finally joining the intelligence revolution that has transformed policing since the 1990s. That revolution dates to 1994, when William J. Bratton took over the New York Police Department and declared that his goal was to prevent crime, not just respond to it. Bratton’s new proactive mission for the NYPD required the department to closely analyze crime data on a daily basis and to refine its tactics and deployment according to what the data showed. Bratton’s paradigm shift, known as Compstat, quickly spread through police departments across the country.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Sunday, Augusr 10, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

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

Unemployment claims drop by 18,000

First-Time Jobless Claims dropped by 18,000 to 289,000, according to Thursday’s report by the Labor Department. The four-week moving average of 293,500 is the lowest since 2006. The claims estimate was for 305,000.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to receive $2.2 million in arbitration award

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/08/14, 6:36 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> An arbitration panel has awarded the city $2.23 million from one of its insurers, after city claimed the company acted in bad faith and breached of contract for failing to defend it in the 2004 Colonies lawsuit.

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Scales of Justice

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 08/08/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES>> The arraignment of three current and former Irwindale city officials accused of public corruption was postponed Friday at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Clippers

By Nathan Fenno
August 8, 2014

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling’s petition late Friday to stay last month’s probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

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LATimes: New charges filed against ex-CalPERS official in corruption case

Alfred Villalobos

Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Indictment

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

In response to reader emails, here’s the original 29-count indictment in the Colonies Case, with redacted charges, which were dismissed, without leave to amend.

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Scales of Justice

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge left bribery and misuse of public funds charges intact, but threw out tax fraud and perjury charges in the Colonies case.

BY IMRAN GHORI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 6, 2014 Updated: 8:55 p.m.

A San Bernardino County judge delivered mixed rulings for prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, with both sides notching victories.

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Colonies

Prosecutors in the Colonies corruption case make their way to the courtroom on July 28 at San Bernardino Superior Court. )Micah Escamilla — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 11:36 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the defendants in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case can stand trial for bribery but dismissed some charges alleging conflict of interest, failure to report income and perjury.

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The Sun: ACLU opens Inland Empire office

ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 08/06/14, 12:55 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened its first office in this city to serve the needs of Inland Empire residents.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 – 11:24 pm

California officials are threatening to sue investment bank Morgan Stanley over a series of toxic real estate investments that allegedly cost CalPERS nearly $200 million.

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The Sun: SEC files complaint against Redlands broker for theft of accounts

U.S. SEC

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/04/14, 11:44 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> A Redlands broker has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with stealing $4.4 million from two trust brokerage accounts at his firm and diverting it to friends to spend on luxuries.

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Norma Torres

Torres

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/04/14, 2:26 PM PDT | Updated: 10 mins ago

The state Senate on Monday unanimously approved legislation prompted by the Colonies corruption case in San Bernardino County and proposed by state Sen. Norma Torres, D-Chino, that would change the statute of limitations for certain bribery offenses.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies judge will rule on dismissal motions Wednesday

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/03/14, 6:16 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

After a nearly three-year investigation, a Grand Jury in May 2011 indicted Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials — former Supervisor Paul Biane, former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff for Supervisor Gary Ovitt — in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement between the county and Burum’s investor group, Colonies Partners LP.

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Hand Gun open carry

By Don Thompson, The Associated Press
Posted: 08/03/14, 8:51 AM PDT | Updated: 25 secs ago

SACRAMENTO >> California could become the first state to allow family members, licensed therapists and health care providers to petition a judge to take firearms from someone who has shown signs that they could harm others or themselves.

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Legal

By Mark Gutglueck (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on August 1, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO — After six days of hearings before Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith in which prosecutors and defense attorneys have alternatively sought to justify and destroy the public corruption case brought against three former county officials and one of San Bernardino County’s most powerful developers, the sustainability of the more than three-year-old case has yet to be resolved.

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High-Speed Train

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Published 3:05 pm, Friday, August 1, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state appellate court ruling has given new momentum to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high-speed rail project by providing the state with a substantial funding source and lifting one cloud over a plan that has been widely criticized for its cost, route, construction plans and environmental reviews.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/31/14, 12:21 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Day 6 of a motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case resumed Thursday with defense attorneys arguing that prosecutors engaged in misconduct and prosecutors arguing their chances at a fair trial were jeopardized when a former federal prosecutor was hired by the law firm representing a key defendant in the case.

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Keyboard

A district court judge ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with law-enforcement demands even for user data stored on servers in Ireland.

By Dustin Volz
July 31, 2014

— A federal judge ruled Thursday that U.S. law-enforcement authorities can force Microsoft to hand over emails that are stored on servers in Ireland.

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DailyBulletin: Colonies court hearing to go into sixth day

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/30/14, 6:59 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A motions hearing in the Colonies corruption case, in which defense attorneys are pushing for dismissal on several grounds, will go into its sixth day today.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Matt Berman

July 30, 2014 — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to do what became inevitable weeks ago: proceed with a lawsuit to sue President Obama over executive actions related to Obamacare. The vote was split along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting in favor of pursuing the lawsuit and all Democrats opposed.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:30 PM PDT |

Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case are requesting in a court motion that a former federal prosecutor now working for the law firm representing key defendant Jeff Burum be barred from working on Burum’s defense.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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DailyBulletin: Prosecutors in Colonies case given chance to prevent dismissal

Gavel-Legal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/14, 12:22 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can amend the indictment in the Colonies corruption case, preventing the dismissal of a dozen more charges against the four defendants.

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Yxstian Gutierrez

Yxstian Gutierrez

July 28, 2014 – UPDATED at 9:03 p.m.

Yxstian Gutierrez was not legally appointed to his seat on the Moreno Valley City Council and must step down, a judge tentatively ruled Monday, July 28.

To read story by Stephen Wall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Los Angeles Clippers

By Jack Wang, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

On Monday afternoon, Shelly Sterling walked into a hallway at Los Angeles Superior Court and cried.

Moments earlier, Judge Michael Levanas had issued a tentative oral decision overwhelmingly in her favor — likely clearing the way for the Clippers’ $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer, and ending a turbulent three-month saga sparked by Donald Sterling’s racist comments.

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Calpensions: Detroit-style pension cuts: could it happen here?

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By Ed Mendel
July 28, 2014

Bankrupt Detroit announced last week that current workers and retirees voted overwhelmingly to cut many pensions by 4.5 percent and to trim or eliminate cost-of-living adjustments.

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The Sun: Judge to decide fate of Colonies corruption case

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/26/14, 8:38 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Last week was rough for prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case as a judge dealt a major blow to their case by dismissing the key conspiracy charge against all four defendants.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 10:28 pm

The passage of Proposition 13 – California’s landmark property tax limit – in 1978 marked a major, even radical, change in how the state makes public policy.

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The Sentinel: Rulings on dismissal motions dismantling Colonies corruption case

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck, The Sentinel (www.sbsentinel.com)
Posted on July 26, 2014

(July 25) — More than three years after indictments were handed down against Rancho Cucamonga-based developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County officials he is accused of bribing, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith eviscerated the case against the defendants, throwing out conspiracy and a dozen other charges that were considered central to the case.

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Leland Yee

By Jim Miller and Christopher Cadelago
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 25, 2014 – 2:16 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 – 12:00 am

Federal prosecutors have added a charge of racketeering to the corruption and gun-running case against state Sen. Leland Yee, filing an amended indictment this week that includes new allegations that the San Francisco Democrat traded official favors for campaign cash.

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Stephen Larson

Defense attorney Stephen Larson (far right) speaks with the defense team Thursday morning in San Bernardino Superior Court during a motion hearing in the Colonies corruption case. (Will Lester — staff photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/24/14, 11:47 AM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A judge on Thursday indicated he was poised to dismiss another dozen felony charges against the defendants in the Colonies corruption case but gave attorneys a chance to argue whether the prosecution should or should not be allowed to amend the indictment.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

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

Scales of Justice

IE Business Daily
Thursday, July 24, 2014

The second day of motion hearings in a prominent public corruption case continued Thursday. The day ended with the judge deciding to postpone his ruling regarding a prosecution request and a proposed evidentiary hearing until Monday.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 8:32 pm

It’s been one of the darkest chapters in CalPERS history, a bribery scandal that prompted a guilty plea from its former chief executive earlier this month.

It’s also been rather profitable.

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Gavel-Legal

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 9:52 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 10:07 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has undergone very obvious ideological cycles – depending on who happened to be in the White House when vacancies occurred.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Conspiracy charges dismissed in Colonies case

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July 23, 2014

A San Bernardino County judge dismissed a key charge against four defendants in the Colonies corruption case Wednesday, July 23, saying prosecutors missed a deadline required under state law to pursue allegations of conspiracy.

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

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Superior Court Judge Michael Smith threw out the conspiracy charges against the four Colonies defendants during a motion hearing.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/23/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case suffered a major blow to their case on Wednesday when a judge dismissed conspiracy charges against all four defendants.

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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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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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The Sun: San Bernardino city attorney recommends medical marijuana plan

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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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