Archive for the ‘ Legal ’ Category

InlandPolitics: Sheriff: Really? A cover-up on a traffic collision

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Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Really? The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department covering up possible negligence on a traffic collision?

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Hillary Clinton

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server include 41 messages now marked CLASSIFIED by State Department inspectors

By David Martosko
US Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 31 July 2015 | Updated: 31 July 2015 – 18:51 EST

  • One message summarized a meeting with top State Department deputies and assistant secretaries that included talk about embassy security
  • Others dealt with Russia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras and other diplomatic flare-up locations
  • Clinton has claimed she never sent classified materials in her private email that was housed on her own personal home-brew upstate New York server
  • Document-dump included more than 1,300 Clinton emails; DailyMail.com found 41 that were partially or wholly classified before their release

The second installment of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private home-brew server, released Friday by the State Department, includes 41 messages that reviewers determined contained classified material.

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City of Industry

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/31/15 – 10:06 PM PDT |

Three months after Industry city hall erupted with inside allegations of corruption and demands for justice against the former mayor, the fervor has died.

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The Sun: Supervisors authorize rewards to stop wildfire drone operations

SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:54 AM PDT |

San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday approved $75,000 to be used as reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of illegal drone operators who forced the grounding of aerial firefighters during recent wildfires in the San Bernardino Mountains and High Desert.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum joins the show to talk about the latest Planned Parenthood video that was released, which graphically showed what happens at Planned Parenthood facilities. There are 11 videos still to be released.

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Menifee Seal

By Alex Groves / Staffg Writer
Published: July 27, 2015
Updated: July 28, 2015 – 11:22 a.m.

Former Menifee City Councilman Tom Fuhrman pleaded guilty Monday to multiple charges of abusing his power, as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

To read expanded article by Alex Groves in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Appellate Courts

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dalters@sacbee.com
July 27, 2015

  • Most appellate court decisions are not published
  • They cannot be cited by parties in other cases
  • The result is uneven judicial policy around the state

The Sacramento region’s state appeals court declared three decades ago that when a corporation hires lobbyists to pass a bill, it loses its claim of privacy in a libel action.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Repeat border crossers spin through system

Illegal Immigration Roundup

Catch-process-release practice under scrutiny as some unauthorized immigrants return over and over

By Greg Moran
July 24, 2015 – 3:53 p.m. | Updated July 26, 2015 – 10:25 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — They found Ramon Gutierrez Perez just after 7 p.m., hiding in some brush in an area of Imperial Beach that Border Patrol agents call “Chicken Mans.”

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County taxpayers to fork out another settlement

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Saturday, July 25, 2015 – 09:15 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is set to give their approval of a settlement in the case of Lorenzo Gomez v. Ryan Peppler et al on Tuesday.

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
July 25, 2015

In a stunning rejection of the wishes of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Supreme Court this week refused their unusual request to “depublish” a 4th District Court of Appeals decision that applied Proposition 218 limits to tiered water rates.

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Harry Ramos

Harry Ramos calls accusations ‘made-up lies,’ says he would never embarrass himself or his family. (Frank Bellino, Staff Photo)

Published: July 24, 2015 – Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Two days after being named in a claim against the city, Murrieta Mayor Harry Ramos denied sexually harassing a Ramona woman earlier this year, calling the allegations “made-up lies.”

To read article by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris agrees to look into allegations raised by House Democrats | Damian Dovarganes AP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 24, 2015

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will review whether the nonprofit organization behind controversial Planned Parenthood videos violated state law, her office said in a letter Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Once again! It’s Leadership vs. Management

Victorville Fairgrounds Incident

(Incident scene photo by Victor Valley News)

Friday, July 24, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s almost becoming a weekly event. A very bad ethical decision blows up on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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Hillary Clinton

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled.

Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo
The New York Times
Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

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Judge Thomas Goethals speaks to an attorney in his courtroom in superior court in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   JudgeGoethal – 06/19/15 – MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.

Related stories

The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.

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By Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
July 22, 215

Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.

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California Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

The California Supreme has denied a request to depublish a pivotal water rate ruling, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that tiered water rates violate Proposition 218.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight, Vince from Bullseye Sport joins the show to talk about the finding of 1,200 guns at a man’s home. Then, how would Hillary and Bernie handle gun ownership?

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Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
July 18, 2015

  • California Teachers Association faces a major test in the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Conservatives shift their assault on CTA and other unions to the courts
  • Same-sex marriage, Democratic politics are implicated in Friedrichs v. CTA

For decades, organized labor, particularly the union that represents public school teachers, has been checking off boxes in California.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: Another tab for taxpayers to pick up?

SBCO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

When will it end? When will people learn?

With federal agents scrutinizing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, one would think that openness would be the best policy.

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Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald | July 17, 2015

The chairman of the Assembly committee that oversees the California Public Utilities Commission has given the agency until the end of this month to secure and turn over certain emails and other documents from Southern California Edison.

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The Press-Enterprise: JUDGES: Gov. Brown appoints four to Inland courts

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Two will serve in Riverside County and two in San Bernardino County. They fill vacancies created when judges retired

Published: July 16, 2015 Updated: 10:03 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments to fill retirement-created judgeship vacancies in Inland area Superior Courts on Thursday, July 16, comprise state and federal prosecutors, a public defender administrator and a sitting court commissioner.

To read expanded story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight, Lou is joined by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin to discuss the county’s shrinking budget and rising crime rates. How has Prop 47 affected safety in Riverside?

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/15/15 – 9:22 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Nothing in the city charter prevents San Bernardino from outsourcing its Fire Department, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday in a blow to the fire union that its attorneys immediately said they would appeal.

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Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/15/15 – 6:04 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario will have a chance to prove Los Angeles mismanaged L.A./Ontario International Airport, causing anywhere from $1.6 billion to $4 billion in damages to Ontario’s economy, a Riverside Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday.

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Uber

Uber headquarters in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Laura J. Nelson, Andrea Chang and Paresh Dave
July 15, 2015

Uber — plagued by problems with regulators, drivers and taxi unions around the world — took a big blow in its home state Wednesday when an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California.

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Riverside County Sheriff

Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou and Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar, joins Lou to discuss the Colonies Corruption Case. Can the county argue in one case that the settlement was legal while arguing the exact opposite in another court case?

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Jerry Brown

This May 28, 2015 file photo shows Gov. Jerry Brown speaking at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 13, 2015

  • Legislation comes as California suffers through fourth year of drought

With California suffering through a fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting local agencies from fining homeowners who let their lawns go brown, his office announced Monday.

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Courthouse News Service: Price-Gouging Conspiracy in SoCal Oil Crunch, Class Says

Court Filings

Saturday, July 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO (CN) – Major oil companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell conspired to create false gasoline shortages in Southern California and gouge prices, an Escondido gas station claims in an antitrust class action.

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InlandPolitics: A story of interest in The Sun newspaper

Take a Look

Sunday, July 12, 2015 – 10:40 a.m.

There’s a story of interest by Staff Writer Joe Nelson in the Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the entire story, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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

Jim McDonnell

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on Saturday said that he had relieved from duty 10 jail workers. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By David Zahniser
July 11, 2015

Ten Los Angeles County Jail employees were relieved of duty pending further investigation following an incident involving an inmate who was allegedly “restrained” for 32 hours, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Saturday.

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West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/10/15 – 10:48 PM PDT |

WEST COVINA — Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, said Friday that the findings of a state audit into the city’s fiscal mismanagement revealed criminal activity at City Hall that ultimately led to the waste of taxpayer money.

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Politico

By Seung Min Kim
7/10/15 – 8:23 PM EDT

President Barack Obama appears likely to lose – again – in the protracted legal fight over his executive actions on immigration.

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SBCO District Attorney

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/09/15 – 9:14 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing a criminal case presented by sheriff’s investigators regarding the on-camera beating of Francis Pusok in the High Desert.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/09/15 – 8:29 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Millions of dollars in upgrades and more staff are needed in county jails to address issues related to state prison realignment, Sheriff John McMahon and county CEO Greg Devereaux said Thursday.

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Michael Peevey

The Hotel Bristol Warsaw, where state regulators met with a utility executive.
Shareholder says company erred in not disclosing

By Morgan Lee | 6:13 p.m. July 9, 2015

A federal lawsuit filed this week accuses two top Edison International executives of harming shareholders by failing to disclose secret meetings with California regulators regarding a $4.7 billion settlement of costs for the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant.

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California Courts of Appeal

AP California News
By Brian Melley
Associated Press
July 9, 2015 – 6:15 PM EDT

To read opinion, click the following link: G048375

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court overturned a jury verdict because of egregious misconduct by a state Department of Transportation lawyer who portrayed an injured motorcyclist minister as a low-life Nazi biker.

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Daily Bulletin: Some LAWA documents may be released to Ontario, judge rules

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/15 – 11:44 AM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ruled Wednesday that the city of Los Angeles must release Los Angeles World Airports’ executive directors performance reviews dating back to 2007.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 5:00 pm

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco’s refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, “The city made a mistake not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported. So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on.”

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

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Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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

California Supreme Court

California
July 7, 2015
By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO —

The California Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors aren’t required to help defendants fight their criminal cases by reviewing the personnel files of police officers serving as witnesses.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation is on the show. First off, he and Lou talk about a whistle blower in Fontana who was laid off for reporting sexual misconduct. Then, the fight for local control of Ontario Airport is heating up.

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Daily Bulletin: Battle for local of control of ONT takes off

Ontario International Airport

Staff File Photo

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/06/15 – 5:53 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> From Sacramento to the Riverside Superior Court House, the battle for local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport is taking off this week.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/06/15 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A jury has awarded a former Fontana Unified School District police dispatcher more than $315,000 after she alleged she was fired for reporting a police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting other dispatchers.

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California Department of Justice

Agents seek documents at headquarters for Edison, utilities commission
Read: Search warrants for Edison and CPUC
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By Jeff McDonald | July 6, 2015 – 06:00 a.m.

The criminal investigation of the California Public Utilities Commission appears to be intensifying, with state agents serving a fresh round of search warrants at the regulators’ headquarters in San Francisco and at Southern California Edison offices outside Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Daily News: L.A. County D.A. creates a wrongful conviction unit

Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/04/15 – 6:27 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will staff a conviction review unit that will investigate claims by inmates who say they are innocent.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter School prosecution will see ninth year

Scales of Justice

Friday, July 3, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy (CCA) indictment was in court again on Friday.

The result was, as expected, another continuance.

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Published: July 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:27 p.m.

Riverside County should tear up its contract with its top lawyer and search for a new county counsel, according to a civil grand jury report released Thursday, July 2.

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

John McMahon

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon holds a press conference April 10 to discuss the pursuit and arrest of suspect Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley. In the pursuit, Pusok allegedly stole a horse before he was taken down and reportedly beaten by deputies. Pusok later agreed to a $650,000 settlement with county offiicials. (Image from sheriff’s department video on YouTube)

By The Editorial Board, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 07/01/15, 12:41 PM PDT |

The bad news is that San Bernardino County’s jails produce far more inmate complaints alleging excessive use of force by deputies than any other county the Prison Law Office has dealt with, according to that nonprofit that defends the constitutional rights of the incarcerated.

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SBSO Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/15 – 11:14 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department employees purchased vehicles at lien sales and flipped, or resold them after the vehicles had been seized during investigations, the Grand Jury found.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting story in The Sun

Magnifying Glass

Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 09:10 a.m.

There’s an interesting article published in Thursday’s edition of The Sun newspaper.

To read the story, click here.

Grand Jury

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman confirms investigation in 2011

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Jul. 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Updated Jul 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The San Bernardino County Grand Jury acknowledged “issues” Wednesday related to the Sheriff’s Department and its seizure of vehicles later sold at lien sales, seemingly giving some credence to whistle-blower allegations that deputies routinely flipped impounded vehicles for personal gain.

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The Sun: Prison group alleges abuses in San Bernardino County jails

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The Prison Law Office’s findings are in sharp contrast to Sheriff John McMahon’s characterization of conditions at West Valley after the FBI announced last year that it was investigating allegations of misconduct at West Valley.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/30/15 – 9:18 PM PDT |

Responding to allegations of inhumane conditions in county jails, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is ramping up staffing to increase oversight of prisoners and health services.

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Daily Bulletin: Supreme Court to hear California teachers’ union dues case

Union Dues

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County teacher, is the lead plaintiff in a case brought by group of California schoolteachers, backed by a conservative group, asking the Supreme Court to rule that unions representing government workers can’t collect fees from those who choose not to join. (Greg Schneider/Courtesy of the Center for Individual Rights via AP)

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press
Posted: 06/30/15 – 8:12 AM PDT |

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will consider limiting the power of government employee unions to collect fees from non-members in a case that labor officials say could threaten membership and further weaken union clout.

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U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in Washington, where justices on Monday ruled that independent citizens’ commissions were allowed to draw electoral district lines. California’s districts are set up by its citizens’ commission. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

By Cathleen Decker
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court redistricting decision benefits Republicans in California, the opposite of its impact elsewhere

Like so many political events, the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that upheld the right of independent citizen commissions to draw district lines inspired a different reaction in California than elsewhere in the nation.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 29, 2015

  • Supreme Court validates Arizona’s independent commission to draw congressional lines
  • Arizona Republicans wanted to regain their power to draw districts
  • California’s top-two primary system could have been at risk

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

But the fun – months of chattering by political cognoscenti about the possibility that the Legislature could regain its power to redraw congressional districts – ended Monday.

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Lethal Injection

This Friday, July 25, 2014 file photo shows bottles of midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City. On Monday, June 29, 2015, The Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma saying that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/29/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

A Supreme Court decision upholding a controversial drug used in lethal injection executions in Oklahoma starts the clock for California to come up with its own injection procedures, thus increasing the chance executions could resume here.

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U-T San Diego: Judge wants Edison’s answers

Michael Peevey

At a March 2013 private meeting between a utility executive and then-president Mike Peevey of the California Public Utilities Commission, a framework for the San Onofre closure deal was discussed.

By Jeff McDonald
June 29, 2015 – 4:54 p.m.

The judge in charge of the San Onofre matter pending before the state Public Utilities Commission is seeking more details from Southern California Edison about its participation in a secret meeting in Poland regarding shutdown costs for the failed nuclear plant.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Monday, June 29, 2015 – Updated 4:43 pm

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to “put a human face on discrimination.” The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public’s romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

*** Administrator Note: This is the first local newspaper story to run following our post on Friday at noon. More coverage is expected this week and beyond.***
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

By Steve Hunt, Editor
Posted Jun. 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM

With a lawsuit set to be tried next year, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury is believed to have called at least three current or former sheriff’s deputies to testify about alleged corruption in the department’s High Desert stations, sources said Friday.

The Grand Jury’s annual report is expected next week.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

U.S. Supreme Court

Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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Councilman Paul Davis was investigated in 2014 for alleged violations of city charter, but DA dismissed case.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 27, 2015 – 6:58 p.m.

Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis won’t face any charges in connection with 2014 allegations that he violated the city’s charter, which could have been a misdemeanor.

But the case, which some residents considered a boondoggle, isn’t quite over.

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

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 26, 2015 – Updated 2:12 pm

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Obama’s bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King vs. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment, and thus was “inartfully drafted.” It was the court’s obligation, he wrote, to translate bill language limiting the government subsidies to enrollees in “an exchange established by the state” to also cover federal exchanges.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit allegations cast darker clouds over Sheriff’s Department

SBSO Sheriff

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

An employee lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has ripped open Pandora’s Box after it came to light this week.

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U-T San Diego: Utilities: Let San Onofre deal stand

Are You Kidding Me

Edison, SDG&E, say $4.7 billion pact is in the public interest

By Jeff McDonald
June 26, 2015 – 4:58 p.m.

Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric have petitioned state regulators to reject the suggestion that the $4.7 billion settlement deal for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant be reopened.

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U-T San Diego: Utility regulators held post-Poland lunch

Michel Florio

Commissioner Michel Florio of the California Public Utilities Commission, left, discussed the closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant at a legislative hearing in 2013. (AP file/Rich Pedroncelli)
Peevey briefed colleague shortly after secret San Onofre meeting in Warsaw

By Jeff McDonald
June 26, 2015 – Updated: 5:16 p.m.

The regulator overseeing an investigation into the failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant met privately with then-California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey days after Peevey returned from a secret meeting about the matter in Poland.

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InlandPolitics: Fallout from Victorville ticket quota hits agency

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Lawsuit alleges that deputies assigned to traffic enforcement duties the Victorville Sheriff’s Station were forced to meet a quota of 200 tickets per month. A practice that is illegal under California law.

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:15 p.m.

Fallout has already started from an impending San Bernardino County Grand Jury report, expected Tuesday, which reportedly will expose a traffic ticket quota system forced upon motor traffic officers in the contract city of Victorville.

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Court Filings

Friday, June 26, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been hit with yet another in a series of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, including assault under color of authority.

The latest complaint stems from a law enforcement contact in the Morongo Basin area.

It’s like we have been saying for quite some time now. It’s a leadership problem!

To read the complaint, filed June 15, in U.S. District Court, click the following link: Arrona v. County of San Bernardino et. al

Supreme Court of the United States

By Adam Liptak
June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 25, 2015

  • Budget trailer bill gives drivers a break
  • Amnesty, however, doesn’t go far enough
  • Overhaul of traffic fines should be next

Capitol politicians are patting themselves on the back for opening an escape hatch for millions of motorists whose licenses have been suspended for failure to pay past-due tickets.

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Randy Adams

Randy Adams, former police chief of Bell, in 2013. A California pension board decided to slash Adams’ retirement benefits because his salary was not approved in public. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By Paul Pringle
June 25, 2015

A California pension board’s decision to slash the retirement benefits of former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams because his salary was concealed from the public will serve as a precedent for other cases in which government officials receive hidden pay, the panel has announced.

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AP: Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

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Associated Press

By Mark Sherman
June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Joel Rubin
June 25, 2015

Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were convicted Wednesday of beating a handcuffed man bloody and then lying to cover up the abuse.

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Thief

By Michael Finnegan
June 24, 2015

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) said Thursday that a former treasurer of his reelection committee had embezzled more than $170,000 from the campaign.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dispute over union fees could return to Supreme Court

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Politics
June 24, 2015
By Sam Hananel, Associated Press

Washington — Powerful public-sector unions are facing another high-profile legal challenge that they say could wipe away millions from their bank accounts and make it tougher for them to survive.

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California Courts of Appeal

Politics Blog
By Bob Egelko
June 23, 2015 – 4:39 PM

Like his last state Supreme Court appointee, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest appellate court nominees is a young Obama administration lawyer with no judicial experience. The current pick, Lamar Baker, is stirring up a certain amount of controversy.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

California
June 23, 2015
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit Tuesday brought by a media outlet over a failure by the court in a California county to make some civil complaints available on the same day they are filed.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

Posted by Alexander Nguyen
June 24, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department‘s former second-in-command plans to tell a jury that his boss ordered him to develop a way to thwart a federal probe into deputy misconduct at county jails, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

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The San Francisco Chronicle: Report blasts secret talks between utilities, CPUC

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By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, June 22, 2015 – Updated 7:19 pm

The ability of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities to engage in back-channel talks with top California Public Utilities Commission officials unfairly skews decisions in favor of big-money interests, and the practice should be banned in rate cases, a review requested by the state agency concluded Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Opinion: Time for local Tribe to end legal embarrassment

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s time for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to put an end to a long-running and embarrassing legal battle, arising out of an admitted murder-for-hire scheme, hatched by two of its members.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 09:55 a.m.

We almost missed it!

The long-running prosecution of the 2007 California Charter Academy indictment was in court two weeks ago, on June 12 to be exact, and guess what?

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Friday, June 19, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.

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