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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 28, 2016 – 5:59 PM

  • Public Utilities Commission, Coastal Commission under fire
  • Critics say insiders have too much access to members
  • New bills would place limits on ‘ex parte’ communications

Lawyers love to sprinkle their discourse with Latin phrases, thereby giving them a veneer of erudition.

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Politico: Supreme Court overturns Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions

Politico

By Josh Gerstein
Published: 06/27/16 – 10:33 AM EDT
Updated:    06/27/16 – 02:37 PM EDT

To read opinion, click the following link: U.S. v McDonnell

A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, ruling that federal prosecutors relied on a “boundless” definition of the kinds of acts that could lead politicians to face criminal charges.

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Courts

Joel Rubin
June 27, 2016

For years, allegations of inmate beatings by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails swirled. When they did, one name surfaced over and over: Paul Tanaka.

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Associated Press: Obama immigration plan blocked by 4-4 tie at Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court

By Mark Sherman
Associated Press
Jun 23, 2016 – 10:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

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InlandPolitics: California AG announces San Bernardino County CFS probe

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a Wednesday morning presser, announced that a “probe” is underway into negligence allegations against San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS).

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County loses dispute with union

SBCO

Tuesday, June 21, 2106 – 10:30 a.m.

A long-running and costly legal battle between San Bernardino County, it’s Office of the Public Defender, and the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association just ended with the county getting slammed by a state agency.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
June 20, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but he nonetheless should serve time in prison for lying to federal investigators during a probe into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. attorney’s office has concluded.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: Warehouse battle continues in court

Moreno Valley seal

The focus of the legal challenges, for now, is on three initiatives that the City Council adopted.

By Imran Ghori / Staff WRiter
Published:  June 17, 2016
Updated:    June 18, 2016 – 6:30 a.m.

A legal battle over the World Logistics Center will continue through at least the summer as opponents and Moreno Valley square off over whether the city violated state law in approving three developer-backed initiatives.

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Death Penalty

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Jun. 18, 2016 – 12:24 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will be asked to do away with the nation’s largest death row after the secretary of state’s office said the repeal measure qualified for the November ballot on Friday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino moves toward bankruptcy exit

San Bernardino Seal

San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/16/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino is moving toward a confirmation hearing — the final stage in a bankruptcy that began in 2012 — in October after a somewhat bumpy hearing Thursday with the last creditor to object to the stage before that.

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The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Inland judgeships stalled by state

gavel

Governor wants to shift positions; Legislature wants more spots. Either way, Inland Empire loses.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2016
Updated:   June 14, 2016 – 9:12 a.m.

The Inland region’s chronic shortage of judges is now caught in a political tug-of-war between a plan favored by Gov. Jerry Brown and another favored by Democratic lawmakers.

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The Mercury News: New document revealed in California jail informants probe

Orange County Sheriff

Associated Press
Posted:     06/11/2016 – 11:47:28 PM PDT
Updated: 06/11/2016 – 11:48:01 PM PDT

SANTA ANA — Authorities in Orange County have acknowledged an extensive log detailing the handling of jailhouse informants was kept by sheriff’s deputies but never released despite court hearings last year over the use of snitches in the high-profile case of a mass killer.

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KQED (AP): Court: No Right to Carry Concealed Weapons in Public

Hand Gun open carry

By Paul Elias
Associated Press
June 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

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Scales of Justice

Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 9, 2016 – Updated 10:49 p.m.

Secret notes kept by Orange County sheriff’s deputies on jailhouse informants appear to contradict testimony given by deputies during legal hearings for confessed Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Dekraai, prosecutors said late Thursday.

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U.S. News & World Report: New smoking age to take effect in California

Must be 21

Smokers have to be 21 and older to buy tobacco products in California under a new law that takes effect Thursday.

By Alicia Chang, Associated Press
June 8, 2016, at 8:31 p.m.

The Associated Press —

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Rodriguez was 15 years old when he smoked his first cigarette. He knows how addictive smoking can be and hopes a new California law raising the smoking age will discourage young people from taking up the habit.

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Daily Press: Records: Parker settlement is $250K

SBCO

COURTS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     Jun. 6, 2016 at 5:54 PM
Updated:  Jun 6, 2016 at 6:05 PM

  • Deal awaiting court approval before being finalized

A global settlement for $250,000 agreed upon by legal counsel for San Bernardino County and attorneys representing family members of Dan’te Parker is awaiting court approval before it’s finalized, records show.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Mike Sprague, Whittier Daily News
Posted: 06/06/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

Former state Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering as part of a plea deal in a federal corruption case before U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder. Calderon also implicated his brother, who still faces federal corruption charges.

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Calpensions: CalPERS ex-CEO sentenced, but probe continues

calpers

By Ed Mendel
June 6, 2016

A former CalPERS chief executive officer, Fred Buenrostro, was sentenced to 4½ years in prison last week for taking bribes, including $200,000 in cash, from a former CalPERS board member, Alfred Villalobos, who collected about $50 million in fees from private equity firms for helping them get investments from the big pension fund.

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The Sacramento Bee: Citizens United critics soaked in hypocrisy

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 4, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Pending bill aimed at overturning Supreme Court ruling
  • However, it denounces practice that California allows
  • Politicians rail against campaign money, but take it

State legislators – more precisely, Democratic legislators – worked themselves into a lather last month over what one called “the pernicious and pervasive role of money in politics.”

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SBCO Seal

Posted by Katy Grimes
June 01, 2016 – 06:43 am

A legal tale of drama rivaling the magnitude of the infamous 2006 Duke Lacrosse rape case, has been dragging on in California courts for more than seven years. But the case could now be tossed out, on charges that prosecutors with the State Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence they had been withholding from an indicting Grand Jury.

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SEBA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/03/16 – 9:17 PM PDT |

Officials with the labor union representing San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies said Friday that prison realignment and a shortage of deputies has prompted a safety campaign that has delayed the transport of inmates to court.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Surveillance video of shooting reportedly missing seconds of footage

By Paola Baker
Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

VICTORVILLE — Attorneys representing the family of a Barstow man fatally shot by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies last fall claim witnesses were intimidated and harassed by investigators.

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State Bar of California

John Myers
June 2, 2016 – 4:50 P.M.

Two days of private negotiations among lawmakers resulted Thursday in brand-new legislation that would change the State Bar of California’s governing board and examine the idea of a major overhaul of the quasi-state agency.

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InlandPolitics: District Attorney pulls records from High Desert agencies

Investigation

Thursday, June 2, 2016 – 09:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney has requested records from at least three High-Desert public agencies.

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Attorney General Kamala Harris is in favor of renewing the ban on assault rifles. She addresses a crowd of about 120 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Laguna Beach. Harris and Loretta Sanchez are campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Harris.0129.cy 01/28/16– CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Attorney General Kamala Harris hugs supporters as she makes a campaign stop in Loretta Sanchez's backyard at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship in Laguna Beach.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai. (Cindy Yamanaka – File)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
June 1, 2016 – Updated 10:10 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is talking a lot these days in her bid to become a U.S. senator, but one subject she’s not mentioning is her complex role in Orange County’s highest-profile criminal case – the penalty phase in the trial of confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Updated 4:23 pm

California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly — in jail.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.

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The Sacramento Bee: California Assembly kills bill overhauling State Bar

State Bar of California

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
May 31, 2016 – 3:39 PM

  • Critical audit cited backlog of discipline cases
  • Assembly Bill 2878 would have altered make-up of board
  • Lawmakers said more changes are needed

In a clear rebuke to California’s system for regulating attorneys, the Assembly on Tuesday decisively rejected a bill that sought to overhaul the State Bar.

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The Sun: Hearing postponed for dismissal motion in Colonies corruption case

Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/16 – 11:28 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney’s bid to get the San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case dismissed was rescheduled Friday until July 15.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

Another motion seeking dismissal of San Bernardino County’s Colonies public corruption case will be heard Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court, this time on grounds prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office did not save e-mails a defense attorney maintains were evidence.

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InlandPolitics: Quincey makes third attempt at dismissal, expungement

Court Filings

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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Red Flag

By Jeff McDonald | May 25, 2016 – 9 p.m.

  • CPUC worked with utility on legal strategy during San Onofre investigation

Even as it was preparing to review a $4.7 billion deal settling costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant, the California Public Utilities Commission was working behind the scenes to draft and send subpoenas on behalf of plant owner Southern California Edison.

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Prime Healthcare

Paul Sisson
May 26, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower case against Prime Healthcare Services, adding significant weight to allegations of widespread Medicare overbilling at 14 of the company’s hospitals in California.

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Bloomberg: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, Inspector General Finds

Hillary Clinton

Bloomberg Politics

Billy House
@HouseInSession
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Ben Brody
@BenBrodyDC
Published: May 25, 2016 — 7:51 AM PDT
Updated:   May 25, 2016 — 9:39 AM PDT

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state violated State Department rules, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report that will hand Republicans an additional line of attack as the general election campaign gets under way.

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Politico

By Carla Marinucci |
May. 24, 2016 – 7:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes?

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum)
Washington Examiner
05/19/16 – 5:22 PM

A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being “intentionally deceptive” during litigation over President Obama’s executive immigration orders.

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Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Ballot Measures

John Myers
May 20, 2016 – 10:56 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown, still awaiting word on the legality of his plan to revamp the state’s parole laws, nonetheless submitted petition signatures on Friday to earn the measure a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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The Sun: Colonies defense attorney alleges prosecutors destroyed evidence

Delete

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/16 – 5:07 PM PDT |

To read filing, click the following link:
Motion to Dismiss – Destruction of Evidence by Attorney General

A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has filed a motion in Superior Court seeking dismissal of the case on grounds that prosecutors destroyed evidence.

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Death Chamber

By Bob Egelko
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016 5:38pm

Death-penalty supporters submitted signatures on a ballot measure Thursday aimed at speeding up executions in California, setting the stage for voters to decide in November whether to retain and overhaul the state’s death penalty or abolish it.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Child Abuse

Gabriel Fernandez was killed after breakdowns by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. (Family handout)

Garrett Therolf
May 18, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected within the next week.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: AG says CPUC probe hasn’t stalled

Kamala Harris

At this past week’s Senate debate, Kamala Harris said of the utilities commission, “We are concerned about what’s going on there, that’s why there’s an active criminal investigation. And the bottom line is this: We are going to go where the facts lead us.” — (Hayne Palmour IV)

By Jeff McDonald |
May 14, 2016 – 8 a.m.

  • Reports of missed deadlines are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ Harris says

Eighteen months ago, when the Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant on the California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco, agents carted away computers, files and other materials by the armful.

It was more than a raid. It was a dramatic message to utility regulators: Attorney General Kamala Harris was serious about investigating government corruption.

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InlandPolitics: Yet another alleged Sheriff’s incident

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The incident-free quiet period within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department didn’t last long.

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The Sun: Cadiz water project in Mojave Desert wins big in Appellate Court

Cadiz

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/10/16 – 6:53 PM PDT |

Cadiz Inc. won a decisive courtroom victory Tuesday for its plans to transfer ancient groundwater in a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to parts of Orange County and other locations.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 10, 2016 – 3:33 PM

  • San Onofre nuclear power plant shut down
  • Secret deal stuck ratepayers with most costs
  • As probe continues, PUC reopens the case

The long-simmering scandal in the state Public Utilities Commission over a secret deal to stick ratepayers with most of the costs of shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant just got more interesting.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: State to reopen $4.7 billion San Onofre deal

CPUC

Deal left ratepayers to pay most of cost for premature shutdown of failed nuclear power plant

Jeff McDonald

By Jeff McDonald |
May 9, 2016 – 4:55 p.m.

State utility regulators on Monday reopened the agreement they approved in 2014 that assigned ratepayers the lion’s share of the multibillion-dollar cost for premature shutdown of the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Published: May 9, 2016
Updated:   May 10, 2016 7:39 a.m.

Convicted double murderer Henry Rodriguez was released on bail Monday after 18 years in prison, another felony case upended because of questions related to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s use of jailhouse informants.

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Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/16 – 12:24 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city was ready to cut its losses.

After more than a year of costly legal battles, a Fourth District Appellate Court last month in unprecedented move ruled the city had no legal standing to deny the California Cannabis Coalition the right to hold a special election on a ballot measure that aimed to overturn Upland’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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The Sun: Ninth Circuit reverses ruling in San Bernardino County corruption case

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - 2

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/06/16 – 4:20 PM PDT |

To read order, click the following link: USA v. Jeffrey Burum – Memoranda Order

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court’s order in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case, in which a defense attorney is challenging evidence seized by the FBI in 2011.

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Daily Press: ACLU lawsuit challenges City of Hesperia, Sheriff’s Department

Court Filings

Victor Valley Family Resource Center claims city is trying to ‘banish residents released on probation’

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May. 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

HESPERIA — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Victor Valley Family Resource Center against the city of Hesperia and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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KPCC: OC sheriff investigating its own use of jailhouse informants

Orange County Men's Central Jail

Three inmates escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on January 22, 2016. The facility was built in 1968. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Erika Aguilar
May 05, 2016 – 09:36 PM

Orange County sheriff’s officials have assigned an investigative sergeant to monitor how and if jailhouse informants will be used with the Sheriff’s consultation after deputies failed to disclose records to the court on the department’s inmate informant program.

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Tony Cardenas

Campaign reports show that Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has spent $306,470 of his reelection fund on legal services from five area firms. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah D. Wire
May 5, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has poured more than $300,000 from his reelection campaign fund into legal services with five Los Angeles law firms in the last year, but his attorney says there is no indication the congressman is the subject of a rumored federal investigation.

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Daily Bulletin: Howard Jarvis tax group takes up Upland’s marijuana battle

Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/02/16 – 4:26 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Upland has a new ally in its battle against the California Cannabis Coalition: the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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Calpensions: Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions

San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 2:51 PM

  • Former Sen. Joe Dunn fired as State Bar’s boss
  • Accused of deception, he’s now suing quasi-public agency

Joe Dunn’s ears must have been burning Tuesday.

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The Press-Enterprise: MORENO VALLEY: City seeking new attorney

Moreno Valley seal

Its interim lawyer, Steve Quintanilla, had agreed to stay until the end of June.

Published: April 29, 2016 – Updated: 7:23 p.m.

More than a year after Moreno Valley parted ways with its city attorney, a search for a replacement is underway.

Since July, Steve Quintanilla has been interim city attorney. Because Quintanilla has his own law practice and is also city attorney for Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, he had agreed to stay on through the end of June.

To read article by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa city councilman in 2012, an Orange County judge ruled Friday.

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U.S. Supreme Court

A Supreme Court ruling protects public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors. (AFP / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
April 26, 2016

Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened the rights of the nation’s 22 million public employees to protect them against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.

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Scales of Justice

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/26/16 – 12:25 AM PDT |

A Phelan man was arrested Monday nine months after authorities say he drove off with a U.S. Forest Service investigator hanging from the car window at a wildfire base camp in Victorville.

The investigator fired shots at the man but missed.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM

With an FBI and federal grand jury probe still active, attorneys for law enforcement officials ensnared in allegations of widespread inmate abuse at West Valley Detention Center want to keep seven federal lawsuits on pause, court records show.

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Apple Valley

Legal filing says town has illegally transferred funds, among other claims

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Follow @@DP_MatthewCabe
Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

APPLE VALLEY — A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of San Bernardino alleges Proposition 218 violations related to Apple Valley’s Wastewater Division, which provides sewer service to more than 22,000 town residents.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a San Diego news conference. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
April 21, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 2:39 PM

  • California is eliminating at-large voting in local government
  • However, it maintains winner-take-all approach in presidential voting
  • We could apportion our electoral votes by congressional district

Civil rights groups, particularly those representing California’s burgeoning Latino population, have pressed for years to do away with “at-large” elections of city council and school board members.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California’s income tax refugees get shield

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 19, 2016 – 2:04 PM

  • State has pursued inventor Gilbert Hyatt for a quarter-century
  • Nevada courts said California had harassed Hyatt
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Nevada’s spanking of California

There is a perpetual debate in California political circles over whether the state’s highest-in-the-nation income tax rates encourage the wealthy to take themselves and their money elsewhere.

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SBCO Superior Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/18/16 – 2:44 PM PDT |

A former Los Angeles County social worker recently charged in connection with the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez has been working on child custody cases in San Bernardino County for more than two years, a court spokesman said Monday.

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Daily Bulletin: Feds ramp up presence in San Bernardino County in jail abuse probe

DOJ

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/16 – 11:16 PM PDT |

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents investigating allegations of inmate abuse at a San Bernardino County jail have conducted follow-up interviews with about a half-dozen current and former prisoners in the last month, their attorneys said.

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KPBS-TV: Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

How does a prosecutor build a case if she’s representing a potential witness in her investigation?

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Shell

By David R. Baker
Friday, April 15, 2016 – Updated 5:04 pm

Fifteen years after blackouts swept the state, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge has found that a division of Shell Oil engaged in fraud and market manipulation during California’s energy crisis, with company traders joking on tape about burning the evidence if they were ever caught.

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The Sun: Proposal could increase number of Inland judges

Gavel

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/14/16 – 1:21 PM PDT |

A state judicial panel has proposed redistributing vacant judgeships from counties where there are too many to counties where there are too few, including Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where a lack of judges has caused hundreds of cases to be dismissed.

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Appellate Courts

Howard Blume , Joy Resmovits and Sonali Kohli
APril 14, 2016

In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling that had thrown out tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers.

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Microsoft

FILE – This July 3, 2014, file photo, shows the Microsoft Corp. logo outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, April 14, 2016, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its customers’ email or online files without the customers’ knowledge. The lawsuit comes as the tech industry is increasingly butting heads with U.S. officials over customers’ privacy rights. (AP Photo Ted S. Warren, File)

By Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer
Associated Press
April 14, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the latest clash over privacy rights in the digital age, Microsoft is suing the U.S. government over a federal law that allows authorities to examine customer emails or online files without the individual’s knowledge.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland to appeal medical marijuana debate to the supreme court

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By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/13/16 – 5:51 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A battle to keep out medical marijuana dispensaries has turned into a legal tax issue with possible statewide implications.

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Daily Press: County loses discrimination lawsuit

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Board of Supervisors’ lack of knowledge in county affairs part of the ‘culture,’ attorney says

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
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Posted: Apr. 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM
Updated: April 14, 2016 at 8:43 AM

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury voted 11-1 Monday to award a former San Bernardino County Fire Department division chief more than $700,000 in damages related to an age discrimination case against the county and its fire department, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys.

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Greg Devereaux

San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux was a key witness in a case where a local civil jury is making the county pay $704,000.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

**Verdict Form PDF has been fixed***

A jury award in an unlawful termination case against San Bernardino County speaks volumes as to why the county, up until now, has never taken cases to trial in recent history.

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InlandPolitics: CHP probing DUI free-pass allegations

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

With rumors swirling over the past six weeks, the California Highway Patrol has launched an internal affairs inquiry focused on one question.

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Mike Hestrin

The DA is returning contributions from an auto repair business that’s been penalized for fraud.

Published: April 12, 2016 – Updated: 11:02 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin on Tuesday, April 12, said he would return donations made to his campaign by Certified Tire & Service Centers and its owner, Jeffrey Alan Darrow, after news surfaced of past penalties for defrauding customers that cost the company at least $750,000.

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

Municipal Bonds

Published: April 13, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Puerto Rico, Atlantic City and Chicago school district bondholders have reason to fear a fight in court if the ailing governments collapse financially: recent cases show that when municipalities go broke, investors lose when pitted against municipal retirees.

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

San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/12/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

In the last year, a dozen people have died after being admitted into San Bernardino County jails, with more than half those deaths occurring in the last four months.

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County Supervisors up legal services contract by $400K

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 12, 2016 at 4:25 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Attorney fees could rise above $1 million in the county’s lawsuit against the architectural and design firms of the High Desert Detention Center expansion in Adelanto, which was completed in February 2014 after falling nearly $29 million over budget.

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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016, file photos shows an iPhone in Washington. The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults. While most people aren’t in danger of being hacked by the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, there are hackers out there looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE – This Feb. 17, 2016, file photos shows an iPhone in Washington. The government hack of an iPhone used by a San Bernardino killer serves as a reminder that phones and other electronic devices aren’t impenetrable vaults. While most people aren’t in danger of being hacked by the NSA, FBI or a foreign government, there are hackers out there looking to steal the financial and personal information of ordinary people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

 

By Ellen Nakashima
April 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
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The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter.

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No Money

By Dale Kasler
Business & Real Estate
April 12, 2016 3:29 PM
dkasler@sacbee.com

  • Bankruptcy judge says estate of Alfred Villalobos lacks money to pay money owed state
  • Villalobos commited suicide in January 2015
  • Villalobos’ fortune overstated

RENO —

The late Alfred Villalobos, the central figure in the CalPERS bribery case, always insisted he did nothing wrong and he didn’t owe the state of California a dime.

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901 Strada LLC - LLC

In one high-profile L.A. case, there’s been a long-running dispute about the true owner of a massive home being built in Bel-Air by developer Mohamed Hadid. The site is owned by 901 Strada LLC, an entity that lists no owner. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

James Rufus Koren
April 8, 2016

Delaware and Nevada aren’t the only states where it’s possible to set up a company without saying who owns it.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/07/16 – 1:34 PM PDT |

PASADENA >> A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case and an assistant U.S. attorney battled it out in federal court Thursday over whether the government should destroy documents seized during a search of defendant Jeff Burum’s home and office in 2011.

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