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LATimes: Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a ‘mind blower’

Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting “No-Contest” drug charge (Update -1-)

Cocaine

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 11:15 a.m.

It appears a player in Inland Empire political races “quietly” hit a bump in the road last year.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

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By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport ruling now in judge’s hands

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Published: Nov. 19, 2014 Updated: 4:58 p.m.

The validity of decades-old agreements that gave ownership and control of Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles now await a judge’s decision after the window closed Wednesday on additional arguments.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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The Sun: San Bernardino given six months to come up with bankruptcy exit plan

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/18/14, 7:46 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino has six months to come up with a detailed plan to exit bankruptcy or its case will be thrown out of court.

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San Bernardino Sign

The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown lets state Supreme Court vacancy linger

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Barack Obama

By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

The Sentinel published an interesting story on Saturday. The subject matter is the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 03:30 p.m.

Two criminal cases with a genesis from use-of-force shootings in the city of Upland have raised a serious ethical question.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

Victorville
Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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The Sentinel: No bang, just whimper as Sheriff’s POST Cheating prosecution ends

Sheriff

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on November 15, 2014

(November 10) — The once grandly touted Police Officer Standards and Training Cheating Scandal Prosecution, which entailed criminal charges against seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records, was quietly closed out on Halloween when the figure at the center of the case, retired sheriff’s captain Hobart Gray, pleaded no-contest to a single count of “aiding in a misdemeanor.”

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Dave Ellis+Mike Ramos+Sam Clauder

Consultant Dave Ellis, San Bernardino DA Mike Ramos, and political watchdog Sam Clauder. “We’ve finally got Clauder where we want him!” exulted Dave – i.e. falsely convicted of child porn possession. Now Clauder is exonerated and suing.

By Vern Nelson
November 15, 2014

Sleazy old Newport Beach consultant Dave Ellis had a mixed week, last week.

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Ontario International Airport

A passenger jet on approach to L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff file photo)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/14/14, 1:28 PM PST | Updated: 54 secs ago

Admitting fault, attorneys for Ontario contended Friday that the Ontario airport never was sold to Los Angeles because the procedures followed by the local electors were flawed.

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California Prisons

By Paige St. John
November 14, 2014

Federal judges on Friday ordered California to launch a new parole program that could free more prisoners early, ruling the state had failed to fully implement an order last February intended to reduce unconstitutional crowding.

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VVDailyPress: ICR seeks $3.62 million from VVWRA

Robert Lovingood

Lovingood-owned agency disputes wages, bid process in claim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Nov. 13, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency co-owned by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood sought $3.62 million in damages from Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority this year, according to a claim obtained Thursday by the Daily Press.

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California-Bar-Association

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/13/2014 12:54 PM

Former Democratic state Sen. Joe Dunn is suing his former employer, the State Bar of California, alleging that the bar’s board wrongfully fired him as executive director after he reported illegal activities and ethical breaches by high-ranking officials in the quasi-governmental agency.

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National Journal

Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case filed in 2007 rolls into 2015

Scales of Justice

Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A case arising from a 117-count indictment filed in 2007 is now rolling into 2015.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth, at Ontario International Airport July 25, 2014. (John Valenzuela — Staff photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/12/14, 7:59 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario and Los Angeles are expected to make their cases Friday as to whether the sale of what is now L.A./Ontario International Airport should have been outright sold to Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago or should have gone to the public for a vote.

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The Sun: Former San Bernardino official Robert Jenkins pleads guilty

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/10/14, 1:49 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Former San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins pleaded guilty Monday to all 30 counts against him as part of a deal that will result in a sentence of 180 days.

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LATimes: Ex-Sen. Wright appeals voter fraud conviction

Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick Wright, with his attorney Winston Kevin McKesson, left, listens to a judge after jury convicted him in January of fraud and perjury for living outside his Senate district. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
Novembver 10, 2014

Attorneys for former state Sen. Roderick Wright said Monday they have filed a notice of appeal of Wright’s conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud for lying about living in his district.

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Alan Long

Teen Cheerleaders Sue Former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Over Alleged DUI Crash

By Veronica Rocha
November 11, 2014

Melissa Reynolds, a cheerleader from Murrieta Valley High School, may not be able to rally crowds of students again, her attorney said.

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LATimes: Supreme Court to again decide fate of Obama’s healthcare law

ObamaCare

The court to rule on on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable. (Associated Press)

Court ot rule on healthcare law again
By David G. Savage
November 7, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama’s healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

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Civil complaint: Samuel Clauder v. County of San Bernardino

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/14, 3:19 PM PST |

A San Bernardino man and government watchdog wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging retaliation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Counsel gets new four-year deal

SBCO

Monday, November 3, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give its lead in-house counsel a new four-year deal, via a contract.

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Pension-Fund

By Marc Lifsher
November 2, 2014

Stockton employees and retirees avoided pension cuts when a federal judge last week approved the San Joaquin Valley city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff pay scandal case goes quietly into the night

Sailboat Drifting Away

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

Remember the March 2011 press conference, by the San Bernardino County District Attorney, over the indictment of seven current and former Sheriff’s Department employees, who were alleged to have defrauded taxpayers by falsifying training and pay records?

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DailyBulletin: Judge delays ruling in ONT lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

Passengers check in at an empty Terminal 2 at L.A./Ontario International Airport on Wednesday. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/31/14, 10:40 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles has the deed for L.A./Ontario International Airport, but now the question is whether the city’s 1985 acquisition followed proper public procedure.

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Roderick Wright

Then-state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, on right, listens to the judge on Jan. 28, shortly after a jury convicted him on eight felony counts. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 31, 2014

Former Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright showed up late Friday to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence but was released almost immediately due to jail crowding, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

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LA County Seal

Los Angeles County supervisors violated the open-meeting law earlier this year, the district attorney’s office concluded.

By Marisa Gerber
October 31, 2014

Los Angeles County supervisors violated the state’s open-meeting law earlier this year by discussing compensation negotiations behind closed doors without properly informing the public, according to the district attorney’s office.

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SacBee: Judge approves Stockton’s plan to repay creditors, leaving pensions intact

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 9:20 PM

Government pensions in California remain untouchable, at least for now, after a bankruptcy judge approved Stockton’s plan to repay its creditors Thursday without reducing the city’s pension obligations.

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SacBee: Opinion: L.A., Ontario squabbling over airport

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/30/2014 7:53 PM

ONTARIO – Ontario International Airport opened two large, modernistic terminals in the late 1990s to improve service in California’s fast-growing “Inland Empire” of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, replacing shabby facilities that would have embarrassed a Third World country.

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SFChronicle: State high court to take up issue of police personnel files

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At the request of San Francisco’s district attorney and police, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether prosecutors must examine officers’ confidential personnel files for evidence of misconduct that could help the defense in a criminal trial.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Marc Lifsher and Melody Petersen
October 29, 2014

In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues.

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InlandPolitics: Wrongfully jailed man files lawsuit

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Monday, October 27, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

A former area politico, who was wrongfully charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney for alleged political payback, has filed a federal lawsuit against San Bernardino County.

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SacBee: Opinion: Has crime faded away as big issue?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
10/24/2014 5:00 PM

Crime – or the fear of crime – dominated California’s politics for a quarter-century. Proposition 47, which would reduce punishment for some crimes, tests whether that era has passed.

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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

Related Posts:
InlandPolitics: GM departs from County employee union
InlandPolitics: Financial improprieties rumored at San Bernardino County union

Friday, October 17, 2014 – 08:55 a.m.

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

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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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Colton-seal

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

Adelanto Logo

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

ontario airport

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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