Archive for the ‘ Legal ’ Category

Daily Bulletin: Ontario asks judge to deny L.A. claim in Ontario airport case

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario on Wednesday filed a motion asking a Riverside Superior Court judge to reject Los Angeles’ latest legal move aimed at getting the Ontario airport suit dismissed.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC boss had backchannel dealings

CPUC

CPUC President Michael Picker had regular communications with political insider who has Edison contract

By Jeff McDonald
March 25, 2015 – 7:54 p.m.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker has had regular backchannel communications with a consultant and political insider who has a West Los Angeles power deal pending before the commission.

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Reuters

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 – 5:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – The holdout creditor in Stockton, California’s bankruptcy case filed its opening brief in an appeal of the city’s reorganization plan on Monday, claiming “no bondholder has ever received so little in the history of municipal bankruptcy.”

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy defends House request for Hillary Clinton emails

Kevin McCarthy

Photo by John Shinkle (Politico)

Politico

By Katie Glueck
3/22/15 – 11:47 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday defended a move by House Republicans to urge Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server to an independent third party for investigation.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino risks bankruptcy dismissal

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Just as bankrupt San Bernardino, California is starting to get its act together, comes another possible step backwards.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

A San Bernardino County resident who wanted to film an officially agendized public meeting received an interesting response.

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Voice of OC: State AG Will Investigate Alleged DA Misconduct in Dekraai Case

California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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Tony Rackauckas

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ office has been removed from the Seal Beach murder case. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 20, 2015

For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife’s killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities.

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The Sun: Auditor: San Bernardino unlikely to meet deadline

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15 – 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s auditor revealed for the first time late Monday that it might be impossible to finish auditing the city’s financial statements in time for them to be used in a bankruptcy exit plan due May 30, potentially opening the city to crippling attacks by creditors.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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U-T San Diego: Committee grills CPUC on San Onofre

CPUC

By Jeff McDonald
March 16, 2015 – 5:41 p.m.

State lawmakers grilled the new California Public Utilities Commission president Monday, asking why utility customers are being charged billions of dollars for the failure and premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Tony Rackauckas

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas interviews a witness during the preliminary hearing into Kelly Thomas’ death in 2012. (FILE: Joshua Sudock, Staff Photographer)

March 16, 2015
Updated March 17, 2015 8:23 a.m.
By Tony Saavedra, Kelly Puente and Tom Berg / Staff Writers

One thing about District Attorney Tony Rackauckas: He’s a street fighter who can take a punch.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 7:52 PM

Defending its plan to fully repay its debts to CalPERS, the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by creditors demanding equal treatment.

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Calpensions: High court ruling weakens retiree health rights

Supreme Court of the United States

By Ed Mendel
March 16, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January weakens the “vested rights” protection of retiree health care based on a labor contract, potentially making it easier for government employers to cut a growing cost.

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Tony Rackaukas

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said it’s clear that deputies’ testimony was “inconsistent” with statements they made in previous hearings. (SAM GANGWER, FILE PHOTO)

March 14, 2015
Updated March 15, 2015 – 8:22 a.m.
BY KELLY PUENTE / STAFF WRITER

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas conceded Saturday his office made mistakes prosecuting the county’s deadliest killer, but disagrees with a judge’s decision to remove the agency from the case.

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Los Angeles Times: O.C. prosecutors steering cases away from Judge Thomas Goethals

Thomas Goethals

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals has been the focus of 57 disqualification requests from prosecutors since February 2014. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 13, 2015

For years, Thomas Goethals has weighed the fates of some of Orange County’s most violent criminals. But since the judge began presiding over heated hearings probing the misuse of jailhouse informants, dozens of prosecutors have steered criminal cases away from his courtroom.

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California Courts of Appeal

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/12/15, 8:12 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >>A judge will have to reconsider her decision requiring Los Angeles to release 399 documents sought by Ontario in its suit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Orange County District Attorney

By Christopher Goffard
March 12, 2015

In a stinging rebuke, a criminal court judge removed the Orange County district attorney’s office from one of its highest-profile murder cases, saying prosecutors had violated mass shooter Scott Dekraai’s rights by repeatedly failing to turn over important evidence.

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California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court Justices Leondra Kruger, center, and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, right, provided the necessary votes to rehear a death penalty case. (S. Todd Rogers / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
March 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s two newest appointees to the California Supreme Court provided enough votes Wednesday for reconsideration of a death penalty case, the first example of the impact Brown is having on the state’s highest court.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland to place medical marijuana ballot in 2016 election

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/10/15, 12:23 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> The decision to allow three medical marijuana dispensaries in the northwest part of the city will not go to the voters until the general election in 2016.

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Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

National Journal

There are not two Clinton controversies. There is one big, hairy deal.

By Ron Fournier
March 8, 2015

“Follow the money.” That apocryphal phrase, attributed to Watergate whistle-blower “Deep Throat,” explains why the biggest threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential dreams is not her emails. It’s her family foundation. That’s where the money is: corporate money, foreign money, gobs of money sloshing around a vanity charity that could be renamed “Clinton Conflicts of Interest Foundation.”

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Come Clean

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Hillary Clinton’s silence on the controversy over her e-mail use is likely to “hurt her” going forward.

By Sean Sullivan
March 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Sunday on Hillary Clinton to “step up and come out” to explain in more detail why she used a personal e-mail account to conduct government business during her time as secretary of state.

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Gerrymandering

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
March 8, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could force California to redraw its congressional districts has stirred up fears of a return to partisan gerrymandering, a divisive process that has been criticized for both cementing and crushing political careers.

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Los Angeles County Police Shootings

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/07/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The last time Los Angeles County prosecutors charged a police officer for shooting someone was in 2001.

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Politico: Team Clinton Will Beat the Press – Again

Hillary Clinton

Politico

They know they can outlast the media’s attention, even with the email scandal.

By JACK SHAFER
March 06, 2015

The second-guessing of Hillary Clinton’s email hygiene while secretary of state has produced hundreds of news stories and a slew of compelling questions.

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VVDailyPress: Competing staffing agencies spar

VVWRA contract winner iLink demands ICR stop alleged libel, slander

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 5, 2015 at 4:55 PM – Updated at 9:24 PM

VICTORVILLE — The staffing agency that underbid ICR Staffing, Inc. last year for the Upper Narrows Temporary Pipeline project retained a law firm to issue a cease-and-desist letter to ICR and its attorney, accusing them of libel and slander, according to a document obtained by the Daily Press.

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NY Observer: California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession

California AG Kamala Harris Holds News Conference On Gun Violence

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference on May 17, 2013 at the Los Angeles Civic Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ Getty Images)

The New York Observer

National Politics

Court of Appeal Slams AG Kamala Harris again

PDF: People v. Velasco-Palacios

By Sidney Powell | 03/04/15 – 1:04pm

When will they ever learn? Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski declared months ago in a much-quoted opinion that there is “an epidemic of Brady violations abroad in the land.” And yet, prosecutors continue to deny there’s a problem. Indeed, the Department of Justice gets outright indignant at the suggestion, and so do many state court prosecutors. They bristle at the very mention of the possibility.

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Hillary Clinton

After e-mail revelations, some Democrats are dodging questions more than offering Clinton cover. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

By Rachel Roubein and Lauren Fox
March 4, 2015

Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: The Affordable Care Act & SCOTUS

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s D.C. Center and Constitutional Senior Fellow Todd Gaziano joins Lou to discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments that took place earlier today.

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By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent
March 4, 2015 | 1:33 a.m. EST + More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency — the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades.

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Fontana USD

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A San Bernardino Civil Jury, on Monday, awarded a multimillion dollar judgement to a former Fontana Unified School District employee, who alleged she was raped by a School Police Officer.

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UT SanDiego: Regulator had regular chats with Edison

SCE

By Jeff McDonald
March 2, 2015 – 4:46 p.m.

Document: Commissioner Florio emails with Southern California Edison

The state utility regulator who recused himself from future Pacific Gas & Electric business after his behind-the-scenes emails were released publicly has taken part in similar backchannel discussions with Southern California Edison, newly obtained records show.

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SacBee: Legislature may regain mapmaking

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/02/2015 9:53 PM

One can read too much into questions and comments from appellate judges during oral arguments, but with that caveat, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to erase the redrawing of congressional districts by independent commissions created by voters through the initiative process.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: EPA Violations, SCOTUS Ruling and CPAC

Lou Desmond

Monday, March 2, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Shannon Goessling from Southeastern Legal Foundation joins Lou to discuss SLF’s litigation against the EPA and their violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 2, 2015

On the day that Stockton emerged from bankruptcy last week, ending 32 months of debt protection, the final court argument was about the “cram down” imposed on the only creditor that did not cut a deal.

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The Sentinel: Forum… or Against ‘em

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 27, 2015

I have received some information on the down-low which indicates that the goings-on, or at least past goings-on, at Upland City Hall are being given a very close examination…

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CPUC

By Marc Lifsher
February 27, 2015

In the months after the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, California regulators scrambled to order Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to improve the safety of its aging infrastructure.

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DailyBulletin: Judge sides with LA on Ontario airport case

Gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/26/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Los Angeles on two key claims in the legal battle for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport

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Hillary Clinton

Clinton Foundation fundraising, particularly from foreign governments, came up repeatedly at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s confirmation hearings for secretary of state. (Liam Richards/AP)

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
February 25, 2015 at 8:54 PM

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

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SacBee: Big Prop. 47 loopholes biting back

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/24/2015 5:46 PM

California’s legislators are now eager to plug some gaping – and potentially dangerous – loopholes in criminal laws that voters opened last year by passing Proposition 47.

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Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

By PAUL MITCHELL
Posted 02.24.2015

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court, with arguments set to be heard on March 2, could reduce the role of the State Redistricting Commission, invalidate the 2011 Congressional lines, and hand to the legislature the immediate responsibility of redrawing 53 valuable seats.

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The PE: COURTS: Prosecutor accused of lying in 1995 murder case

Riverside County District Attorney

Judges say a Riverside County prosecutor gave false testimony in the trial of a man convicted in a 1995 double murder; others say he “was simply confused”

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

Twenty years after a Riverside County man and his partner were fatally shot in their desert home, a third trial has been ordered for the man convicted of murdering them.

To read story by Sarah Burge in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SFChronicle: California to pay $24 million settlement over state properties

California Seal

By Joe Garofoli
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Updated 8:20 pm

The state of California will pay $24 million to investors to end a legal battle over a proposed deal to sell $2.3 billion in state properties during the height of California’s fiscal crisis.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?

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Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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The Hill: Obama to seek emergency order restarting immigration programs

The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/20/15 – 01:45 PM EST

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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hour-glass

By Joseph Tanfani
February 20, 2015

In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer

CPUC

Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario airport lawsuit against Los Angeles to go to trial in August

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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Bloomberg: Koch Group Gets to Keep Donors Secret in California Lawsuit

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By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein
2/17/15 – 8:55 PM EST

A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.

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AP: Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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Associated Press
By Juan A. Lozano
February 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

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VVDailyBulletin: Federal grand jury investigating jail

Sheriff

Five lawsuits allege civil rights abuses at West Valley Detention Center

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 16, 2015 @ 3:02 pm
Updated Feb 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A federal grand jury is investigating claims of deputy misconduct at West Valley Detention Center nearly a year after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and FBI launched separate probes into possible inmate civil rights violations at the jail.

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The Sentinel: Suggestions surface relating to Board Chairman’s drug use, coverup

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle / SFC)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, February 16, 2015 – Updated 9:07 am

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive exploited former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s intense interest in a Kern County alternative-energy project in making a backroom deal to win favorable treatment for the company, newly released e-mails show.

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Calpensions: CalPERS paid lawyers $7 million in bankruptcies

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By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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DailyBulletin: Ex-aide to San Bernardino County supervisor charged in drug smuggling

Drugs

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Chapman University

Chapman University in Orange has been sued by two of its donors.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
February 13, 2015

A 98-year-old Newport Beach philanthropist and his wife are suing Chapman University, alleging that the college coerced him into donating $12 million and then failed to keep its promises.

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InlandPolitics: Fired Ramos aide charged with two felonies

SBCO

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been charged with two felonies for smuggling drugs to an inmate housed at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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KNBC

Friday, February 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a property damage dispute with the owner of the mountain cabin that burned to the ground during the apprehension of fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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MIchael Lipsitz

Lipsitz suspected of sneaking narcotics to jail inmate

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:47 pm
Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM

The case against San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos’ former aide, arrested last week for allegedly delivering narcotics to a jail inmate in Devore, is under review for possible charges, District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee said Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

SBCO

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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InlandPolitics: Murder-for-hire case green lighted for trial

Scales of Justice

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The long-awaited punitive damages trial for Plaintiff Leonard Epps has been set for April 13, 2015.

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California PUC

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Published 4:29 pm, Saturday, February 7, 2015

When it came to ethics, Mike Florio once boasted to the state Senate: “I walk the walk as well as talk the talk.”

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SFChronicle: Eric Holder’s sorry sense of justice

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Updated 3:43 pm

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

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DailyBulletin: 35 more San Bernardino County inmates allege abuse

West Valley Detention Center

West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.(Staff file photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 45 secs ago

An attorney alleging in two federal lawsuits that deputies at a San Bernardino County jail routinely abused inmates with Taser guns said Friday he will soon be filing a third lawsuit with 35 new plaintiffs.

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DailyBulletin: Probe of West Valley Detention Center winding down

Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 47 secs ago

A nearly year-long investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga is winding down, with a federal grand jury weighing evidence and five lawsuits pending before a U.S. District Court judge.

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Ramos

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/05/15, 6:14 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

A field representative for 3rd District county Supervisor and board chair James Ramos was arrested on suspicion of giving drugs to an inmate and was subsequently fired from his position with the county.

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US Bankruptcy Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
02/05/2015 6:44 PM

With harsh words for CalPERS and an angry bondholder, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has put into writing his pivotal rulings on the sanctity of public pensions in the Stockton bankruptcy case.

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InlandPolitics: Upland shooting returns to federal trial docket

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Following a failed prosecution against a defendant shot several times by Upland Police, a federal civil rights claim has been returned to the U.S. District Court trial docket.

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DOJ

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/04/15, 6:05 PM PST

A federal grand jury has been convened and is hearing testimony related to an FBI investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, an attorney said Wednesday.

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Ontario

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/03/15, 3:10 PM PST | Updated: 3 hrs ago

The decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport was never valid, Ontario’s attorneys claim in a response filed Tuesday in Riverside Superior Court.

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CalPERS to receive more than $300 million from federal settlement with S&P

Sacramento-Business-Journal

Feb 3, 2015, 2:40pm PST
Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

California’s giant public pension system said Tuesday it stands to receive $301 million from a settlement with Standard & Poor’s announced earlier in the day by federal and state prosecutors.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: ISIS, American Foreign Policy & SCOTUS Decisions

Lou Desmond

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ralph Rossum, Salvatori Professor of American Constitutionalism at Claremont McKenna College, joins Lou to discuss ISIS and foreign policy.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Most can agree that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has had its issues at times. But the Federal Appeals Court that oversees California appears to have had it with prosecutor misconduct in the state.

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Ontario International Airport

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/02/15, 1:14 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A former high-ranking Federal Aviation Authority official said Monday that L.A./Ontario International Airport is a national asset that plays an key role in the national airspace system and deserves its chance to be economically successful.

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The Open File

By Alec
February 1, 2015

In the wake of an extraordinary oral argument in front of a 9th Circuit panel during which Judge Alex Kozinski suggested a prosecutor be tried for perjury and threatened to name state officials in an opinion that would “not be pretty,” the office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a motion dropping the state’s opposition to a habeas petition in a 1995 double-murder case.

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Monday, February 2, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The punitive damages phase of a long-running civil trial stemming from a “Murder-for-Hire” plot, involving members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is once again moving closer to a jury trial date.

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LATimes: U.S. judges see ‘epidemic’ of prosecutorial misconduct in state

Kamala Harris

Federal judges called upon state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris to respond to reports of a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct going undisciplined in state courts. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
Januray 31, 2015

The hearing seemed largely routine until a state prosecutor approached the lectern.

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Samuel Alito

Twice in the last three years, Justice Samuel Alito has written opinions dealing defeats to public unions. Above, Alito at the Reagan library in Simi Valley. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times)

By David G. Savage
January 31, 2015

Seeing an opening to weaken public-sector unions, a conservative group is asking the Supreme Court to strike down laws in California, Illinois and about 20 other states that require teachers and other government employees to pay union fees, even if they are personally opposed.

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ontario airport

Los Angeles and Ontario are fighting over how much LA put into Ontario International Airport for improvements; a forensic accountant concludes it was $4.5 million.

Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Contributions from Los Angeles World Airports for improvements at Ontario International Airport have been “significantly overstated” and may be as little as $4.5 million, a forensic accountant has testified in a deposition.

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Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/30/15, 10:02 AM PST | Updated: 51 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Fearing he may die in custody before trial, Charles “Chase” Merritt, suspected of killing the McStay family in their Fallbrook home in 2010, was given permission Friday by a judge to represent himself.

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lawsuit

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/29/15, 11:18 AM PST | Updated: 42 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> After protests, NAACP’s call for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging 10 civil rights violations from the Victorville man’s death in deputies’ custody.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/29/2015 3:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Even as it was reported that state investigators seized computers and other items from Michael Peevey’s home, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday offered only praise for the former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Don Thompson, Associated Press
Published 1:34 pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California must adopt a new process for executing condemned inmates after nearly three years of delays, a state judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed by crime victims.

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