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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

Sheriff

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

U.S. Supreme Court

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

CPUC

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

SanManuel

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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scales-of-justice

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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U.S. Supreme Court

Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley
Sunday, June 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s healthcare law by the end of the month.

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Orange County Superior Court

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Updated: June 19, 2015 – 8:50 p.m.

A single missing document in a DUI case, noticed three months ago by a courtroom clerk, set off a probe by the FBI and local prosecutors that has grown to more than 1,000 cases of suspected record fixing.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland City Manager abandons record clearing attempt

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Friday, June 19, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who cut a plea deal with prosecutors less than a year ago, has abandoned an attempt to clear his felony record.

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California-Bar-Association

The State Bar of California does not consistently protect the public from bad lawyers and lacks financial accountability, a new state audit concludes.
To read audit, click the following link: State Bar Audit

Kathy Robertson
Sacramento Business Journal
Jun 18, 2015 – 1:07pm PDT

The State Bar of California does not consistently protect the public from bad lawyers and lacks financial accountability, according to a state audit released Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Judge rejects plea deal in child abuse case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 11:00 p.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge has rejected an inexplicably lenient plea bargain San Bernardino County prosecutors were set to give a Redlands nanny accused of child abuse.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy plan criticized in court

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/17/15 – 11:24 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> The attorney representing bondholders who’ve invested about $50 million in San Bernardino came out swinging Wednesday in the first bankruptcy hearing since the city filed a bankruptcy exit plan that would pay bondholders only 1 percent of that.

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Sledgehammer

By Carolyn Said
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Updated 9:26 pm

An Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor, the California Labor Commission ruled this month, in a decision that foreshadows a big challenge to Uber’s business model and potential seismic changes to the nation’s classifications of workers.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
June 15, 2015

Citing an affordable housing crisis of “epic proportions,” the California Supreme Court made it easier Monday for cities and counties to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates.

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Transportation
By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Evidence in a Sacramento court case suggests officers are encouraged to increase traffic stops
  • Judge says CHP ‘should be ashamed’ of evidence presented
  • California Highway Patrol flatly denies quotas exist

For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting story in The Sentinel newspaper!

The Sentinel

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

There’s an interesting headline story in the new edition of the weekly San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper.

To link to the article, click here.

To download a PDF copy of the newspaper, click the following link: Sentinel-06-12-15

U-T-San Diego: Where did Peevey party proceeds go?

Peevey Dinner Photo

Organizers aren’t saying what happened to funds rejected by Berkeley

By Jeff McDonald
June 12, 2015 – 7:17 p.m.

Tens of thousands of dollars in proceeds from a February tribute dinner for former utility regulator Michael Peevey was turned away by the University of California after Peevey fell under the shadow of criminal investigation.

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Orange County Superior Court

The probe allegedly centers on a court employee suspected of falsifying records to benefit defendants, recording dismissals where there were none, reducing charges and, in at least one case, making it appear a defendant served jail time.

By Tony Saavedra and Kelly Puente / Staff Writers
June 12, 2015
Updated June 13, 2015 – 8:16 a.m.

The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating fake plea deals and forgeries recorded in hundreds of DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases at Orange County Superior Court.

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Court Filings

Los Angeles claims attorney-client privilege for the papers Ontario wants to see for the lawsuit

Published: June 11, 2015 – 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles has filed papers to protect documents it wants to keep from Ontario in the two-year-old lawsuit the Inland city filed to regain ownership and control of Ontario International Airport.

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

city-of-riverside-seal

Internal audit showed $19.4 million spent over five years, sometimes without contracts or documents explaining why outside attorneys were needed.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:36 p.m.

An audit that showed Riverside officials spent nearly $20 million in five years to hire outside lawyers may have raised as many questions as it answered.

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

CalPERS

Business & Real Estate
June 10, 2015
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Setting up a possible showdown with CalPERS, two bond firms are reviving their legal campaign to win a bigger share of the money being doled out by bankrupt San Bernardino.

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Moreno Valley seal

An environmental report on the proposed project — which would stretch 700 football field — could be vulnerable to court challenges, air board says. The developer, however, sticks by the report.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

State air quality officials say that Moreno Valley’s environmental analysis of a proposed warehousing complex with enough indoor space for 700 football fields is “legally inadequate” and needs major revisions. The developer countered Tuesday that the report “meets all the requirements” of the state’s environmental quality law.

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

Los Angeles daily News: California changes rules on traffic ticket fines

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By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/08/15 – 7:06 PM PDT |

California drivers can now appear in court to challenge their traffic tickets without paying a fine first, under a new rule adopted unanimously by the state’s Judicial Council on Monday.

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Daily Bulletin: Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes released from jail early

Scales of Justice

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

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U.S.-District-Court

Mother is third to sue over in-custody death

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

RIVERSIDE — A joint report leading up to a Monday scheduling conference details the principal issues and more than two dozen key evidentiary elements in two federal cases that allege the wrongful death of Dante Parker.

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The Sun: Jury awards $2M to San Bernardino man marked for death

SanManuel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 –  8:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury on Friday awarded a man $2 million in punitive damages in a civil case he brought against two San Manuel tribal members who authorities say conspired with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

A former FBI agent indicted on several corruption charges alleging he stole over $100,000 in money from drug seizures has pleaded not guilty.

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By Matthias Gafni
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/05/2015 03:24:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/05/2015 04:05:25 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate announced Friday that his legislative body will not appeal a Sacramento Superior Court judge’s order to turn over key calendar information for two suspended senators, saying he supports the ruling on a lawsuit filed by Bay Area News Group, publisher of this newspaper, and Los Angeles News Group.

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Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California is seeking state approval for its $1.2-billion purchase of Care1st, a Medicaid insurer based in Monterey Park. Above, Blue Shied’s San Francisco headquarters. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Chad Terhune
June 5, 2015

  • Blue Shield of California takes on its critics in seeking state OK for a $1.2-billion acquisition of Care1st
  • Consumer groups dispute Blue Shield’s claim that the nonprofit doesn’t hold charitable assets

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition.

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InlandPolitics: Man gets another $2 million in San Manuel Murder-for-Hire case

San Manuel Gaming Chip

Friday, June 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

A man has been awarded another $2 million by a jury in the punitive damages phase of a civil trial against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who contracted with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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Cell phones

The California Senate has approved a measure requiring a warrant or wiretap order to search a person’s smartphone or tablet.

By Patrick McGreevy
June 3, 2015

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require law enforcement in California to obtain a search warrant or wiretap order before searching a person’s smartphone, laptop or other electronic device or accessing information stored on remote servers.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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Case Closed

Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

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

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Lou is joined by Paul Chabot, candidate for United States Congress. They discuss the California State Senate bill that was passed today to extend health services to those who are here illegally. Also, pools could be the next target in California’s water crisis.

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Scales of Justice

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of a civil case arising from a failed murder-for-hire scheme, hatched by two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, will go to a jury on Tuesday.

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Moreno Valley seal

In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

To read story by Brian Rokos and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

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InlandPolitics: Orange County: When politics corrupts the justice system

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Monday, June 1, 2015 – 8:45 a.m.

In America, politics can and does infiltrate the justice system. It happens more than people realize.

Right now Orange County, California is front and center.

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InlandPolitics: Story of interest in The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s an interesting article in The San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper, published over the weekend.

To read the story by Mark Gutglueck in The Sentinel, click here.

Tony Rackauckas

DA Tony Rackuackas flanked by staffers Susan Kang Schroeder and Scott Simmons

By R. Scott Moxley
Mon. Jun. 1 2015 at 3:00 AM

All prayers inside the Orange County district attorney’s office (OCDA) that their 16-month jailhouse informant scandal would quietly disappear as just another empty, partisan controversy likely ended on May 31 thanks to veteran journalist Kevin D. Williamson, a frequent guest on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC and NPR.

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National Review: When District Attorneys Attack

National Review

by Kevin D. Williamson
May 31, 2015 4:00 AM
@kevinNR

The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct.

As the old Vulcan proverb has it, “Only Nixon can go to China.” And only Nixon’s political heirs can fix the persistent — and terrifying — problems that continue to plague this country’s law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices.

Exhibit A: Orange County, California.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Shaun King
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM PDT

Between San Diego and Los Angeles is Orange County, California. With more than 3 million residents, it’s larger than 21 states. If Orange County were a separate country, its economy would be the 45th largest in the world. Now known for Disneyland, the county may soon be known for having one of the most corrupt justice systems in the world. The width and depth and duration of the corruption truly boggles the mind. A case that should’ve been open and shut has blown the lid off some deep secrets.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting column in IE Business Daily

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IE Business Daily

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

An interesting column was published in Saturday’s edition of IE Business Daily.

The column raises several interesting questions.

To read the point of view, click here.

U-T San Diego: CPUC judge had backchannel talk

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By Jeff McDonald
May 29, 2015 – 7:23 p.m.

The judge in charge of deciding whether to reopen the San Onofre settlement — and whether Southern California Edison should be sanctioned for failing to disclose private communications with regulators who approved it — was herself involved in backchannel dealings with an Edison executive.

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Barstow Police

Two police officers in Barstow were the subject Thursday of an internal police investigation after video surfaced of a skirmish and arrest of a woman who was eight months’ pregnant.

By Veronica Rocha
May 29, 2015

Moments after she refused to identify herself to a Barstow police officer, Charlena Cooks, then eight months pregnant, found herself on the ground in handcuffs.

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Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general. Her department is investigating an employee who was convicted of unlawfully using one of the department’s badges to pose as a deputy attorney general. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Joseph Serna
May 29. 2015

About a year before an aide to the state’s top prosecutor was put on leave after being accused of impersonating a police officer, another employee in Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office was arrested for posing as a member of law enforcement.

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Politico: Dennis Hastert charges cast light on 2013 lawsuit

Politico

Was this was tipped off the feds?

By Josh Gerstein
5/29/15 – 9:22 PM EDT

How did federal authorities get onto Dennis Hastert?

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 29, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Studios, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, proprietor of Wholesale Capital Corporation. They talk about Francis Pusok, who was charged with 11 felonies yesterday.

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City of Industry

The City of Industry hopes to cancel or renegotiate its $12-million-a-year trash contract with Valley Vista Services. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

By Frank Shyong
May 28, 2015

The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts.

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