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Calpensions: Stockton bankruptcy’s unsettled pension legacy

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

Upland seal

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

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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jury_box

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.

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

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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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s union sues to stop body-camera use

Riverside County Sheriff

Published: Jan. 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:49 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has asked a judge to prevent the county from requiring deputies to use body-mounted video cameras, asserting that officials failed to negotiate the use of the new equipment.

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

Mike Ramos

During a news conference in November, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said about 60 warrants had been served. But that number has since changed to 35, and prosecutors are not saying why.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/28/15, 8:44 PM PST |

Authorities have no legal basis to block public access to dozens of search warrants filed in San Bernardino Superior Court in the McStay family murder case, according to a motion filed Wednesday by an attorney representing 18 news organizations.

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By Kelly Puente
Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated 4:25 p.m.

A group of California public school teachers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to hear a case that would decide whether public employees should be required to pay union dues.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario takes hit in airport battle

Gavel

Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Ontario took a hit in its lawsuit to wrestle away control of Ontario International Airport last week.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy fraud case continued

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The long-running fraud case involving the now-defunct California Charter Academy has been continued once again.

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gavel

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/22/15, 8:09 AM PST | Updated: 19 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge has issued a tentative decision in favor of Los Angeles on two key aspects of lawsuit for control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/15, 12:24 PM PST | Updated: 7 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials are pursuing a possible lawsuit against Cal Fire to force that state agency to bid on providing fire and EMS services for the city.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Court security increases following gun breach

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

A security breach at one of the San Bernardino County courthouses has now subjected lawyers to extra scrutiny.

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Gavel

Los Angeles attorneys want to withhold 399 documents relating to the management of Ontario International Airport that a judge demanded last week

Published: Jan. 19, 2015 – Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Los Angeles attorneys want a judge to take a second look at her order for them to hand Ontario 399 documents in that city’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport.

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

LATimes: Ontario airport worth much less than L.A. is asking for, audit says

Ontario International Airport
A new audit by Ernst & Young concludes that the city of L.A.’s asking price for LA/Ontario International Airport may be $181 million too high. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
January 18, 2015

In the battle for LA/Ontario airport, the city of L.A. may have overstated its worth, according to a new audit

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles must give Ontario 399 documents in airport lawsuit

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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WashPost: Supreme Court agrees to hear gay marriage issue

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. under the Constitution, setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling.

By Robert Barnes
January 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman.

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DailyBulletin: Emails on Ontario Airport show L.A. stymied by indecision

Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City replaces interim attorney

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Council ends contract with Best Best & Krieger after six months, will replace firm with in-house lawyer Kristi Smith.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Six months after hiring a part-time interim city attorney for $19,500 a month, Riverside officials announced they will end their contract with Best Best & Krieger and put a city staff attorney in the temporary post.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

marijuana-leaf

By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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SacBee: Opinion: Audit slams bureaucracy in California’s judiciary

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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California-Bar-Association

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press
Jan. 11, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former executive director of the California organization charged with rooting out lawyers who cheat clients or botch cases says he was fired after reporting that disciplinary files were deliberately being removed to make its case backlog appear smaller.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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UTSanDiego: Regulator was ‘dear friend’ of Edison

Michael Peevey

Emails show CPUC Chief Michael Peevey had meetings at bars, restaurants, across the globe

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 10, 2015

Newly obtained emails suggest that improper contacts between the former California Public Utilities Commission president and utility executives were more extensive than previously known.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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Ex-School Accountant Caught Stuffing Lunch Money In Bra Sentenced To 5 Years

By Veronica Rocha
January 9, 2015

A former Rialto school accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in lunch money and stuffing the cash into her bra was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County District Attorney pleads to misdemeanor

Paul Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:45 p.m.

Former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has pleaded “No Contest” to a single count of Vandalism (Tampering with Campaign Signs), a misdemeanor.

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InlandPolitics: Another continuance in SBIA Fraud case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The fraud case against the former Project Manager at San Bernardino International Airport has been continued once again.

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Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: ‘Moment of grace’ as Hestrin sworn in as DA

Mike Hestrin
Mike Hestrin

Published: Jan. 5, 2015 – Updated: 8:50 p.m.

Expressing humility following a bitter campaign and outlining plans to prevent youth crime and crack down on gangs, Mike Hestrin was sworn in Monday as the 15th district attorney in Riverside County’s 121-year history.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Challenging times for incoming district attorney

Mike Hestrin

Mike Hestrin in front of the victim’s memorial at the patio area of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office headquarters in Riverside on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Mike Hestrin, who will be sworn in as Riverside County’s District attorney in January after he beat one-term DA Paul Zellerbach in the June primary. (Kurt Miller, Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 2, 2015 Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 10:37 a.m.

As Mike Hestrin knocked on doors across Riverside County during his campaign for district attorney this year, he says he learned some important lessons.

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

DMV Illegal License Format

By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
01/02/2015 10:17 PM

Bundled up in a hat and jacket, Rogelio Yerena stood outside the Sacramento-area Department of Motor Vehicles office on Broadway on Friday morning, anxiously smoking a cigarette.

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Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia told an interviewer that harsh interrogation techniques were constitutional and might be justified in some cases.

By Bob Egelko
January 2, 2015 – 5:39 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia prides himself on interpreting the Constitution as it was intended by those who drafted it. When it comes to torture of suspected terrorists, one of those drafters might be Jack Bauer.

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InlandPolitics: Jaded liability strategy blows up again

SBCO District Attorney

Related Post: InlandPolitics: Troubled criminal cases raise red flag

Friday, January 2, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

Another criminal case, brought in an attempt to shield an agency from civil liability, this time San Bernardino County, blew up in Superior Court late Wednesday afternoon.

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SacBee: New year brings new California laws

New Laws - 2015

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
12/31/2014 11:23 PM

Making resolutions, unwrapping new calendars and preparing to obey a stack of new laws: all regular January traditions in California, where the ever-busy Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown 1,074 measures in 2014.

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Reuters: California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions

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By Tim Reid
Monday, Dec 29, 2014 – 8:38pm EST

(Reuters) – A group of judges is suing California’s public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

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Orange Juice Blog

Monday, December 29, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Our friends at The Orange Juice Blog have penned their final compelling summation of the events surrounding two go-nowhere District Attorney investigations into a coordinated effort to engineer the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to developers.

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