Archive for the ‘ Legal ’ Category

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

A culture of high-pressure sales encouraged employees to engage “in unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct,” the suit says.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 4, 2015

Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation.

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Recall

By Emily Foxhall
May 4, 2015

A group behind the effort to recall an Orange County Superior Court judge filed the necessary paperwork Monday with the county’s Registrar of Voters to get the process underway.

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Riverside-County-Seal

The county’s top attorney says the investigative panel doesn’t understand his office’s role. The grand jury was reviewing the county IT department.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: May 3, 2015 9:02 p.m.

A civil grand jury has accused Riverside County’s internal law office of interfering with its review of the county’s information technology department.

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

City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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MIchael Florio

Michel Peter Florio

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 2, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 – 11:39pm

A California Public Utilities Commission member who was present when the agency’s president pressured Southern California utilities to funnel $25 million to a pet cause last year played a pivotal role in keeping the lobbying secret, according to the account of a top utility executive.

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The Sacramento Bee: A shakedown by any other name

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

Michael Peevey is no Ron Calderon.

Peevey never would think to take $3,000 in cash to cover some kid’s tuition payment, as the feds say former state Sen. Calderon did. Nor would he ask a supposed studio executive, who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, to hire a relative.

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The Sun: Environmental groups file briefs to appeal Cadiz water project

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 – 7:04 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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gavel

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 05/01/2015 – 01:23:42 PM PDT
Updated: 05/01/2015 – 03:05:46 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — A groundbreaking tentative court ruling that orders the release of two disgraced state lawmakers’ appointment schedules has sparked “great consternation” at the Capitol, an attorney for the Legislature told a judge Friday.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber and Paul Pringle
May 1, 2015

Responding to defense allegations of “outrageous prosecutorial misconduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

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Money

By Maura Dolan
May 1, 2015

California may require charities that raise money in the state to disclose the names of major contributors, a federal appeals court decided Friday.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Baltimore, Hillary and the NFL Draft

Lou Desmond

Friday, May 1, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to talk about Baltimore. After a week of unrest, six officers were charged this morning in the death of Freddie Gray. But can the prosecutor make the case?

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Victorville

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/30/15, 7:59 PM PDT |

Victorville’s possibly unlawful borrowing and lending practices totaling $41.9 million resulted in $4.6 million of unnecessary interest and a $31 million wastewater treatment plant that served no benefit for ratepayers, the state auditor concluded in a report released Thursday.

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San Onofre

Southern California Edison Co. is the majority owner of the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente. (David McNew / Getty Images)

By Jim Peltz
April 30, 2015

Southern California Edison Co. denied that a private meeting between one of its past executives and the state’s former top utilities regulator influenced the company’s nearly $5-billion settlement of costs covering the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Los Angeles DWP

The front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel / Associated Press)

By Jack Dolan
April 30, 2015

Two nonprofit trusts created by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and financed with more than $40 million from ratepayers paid millions to vendors without competitive bids, overpaid top managers and let them charge personal travel, gasoline and other items without filing expense reports, city audits released Thursday showed.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared an update on his first 100 days in office with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

Published: April 28, 2015
Updated: April 29, 2015 1:31 p.m.

After 100 days in office, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared a glimpse with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday of the steps he has taken so far and his long-term plans to reshape the organization after years of recession-shrunk budgets, staff and resources.

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

Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
April 29, 2015

The former head of the California Public Utilities Commission pressured two Southern California utilities last year to make donations to a school at UCLA where he then landed a post on an advisory board, documents revealed Wednesday show.

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San Onofre

By Amita Sharma
Apr 29, 2015

Sorrentino’s Pizza owner Patrick Quinn is tired of watching the energy bill at his San Diego restaurant go up each month.

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U-T San Diego: Edison releases emails in San Onofre probe

SCE

By Jeff McDonald
April 29, 2015 – 6:50 p.m.

Southern California Edison responded Wednesday to an order from state utility regulators that the company hand over all of its communications about settling the costs of the premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: All the Headlines, with Adrian Moore

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight. Lou and Adrian discuss a number of news stories, starting with the County’s $650,000 payment to Francis Pusok. The check will be short $30,000, withheld because of owed child support.

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Medical Marijuana

By Patrick McGreevy
April 28, 2015

Two bills that would regulate medical marijuana in different ways in California were approved Tuesday by an Assembly panel, although lawmakers said more work needs to be done to address concerns and settle on one scheme.

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Daily Press: County cuts $650k check

SBCO

Sheriff’s Department still investigating threats, not releasing names of deputies

By Anneli Fogt
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM

APPLE VALLEY — San Bernardino County on Monday cut a $650,000 settlement check as part of the agreement reached with Francis Pusok, whose beating by Sheriff’s deputies was caught on video by a TV news helicopter April 9.

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Money

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Frank Shyong and Ruben Vives
April 27, 2015

A 20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor’s rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town’s former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

FBI Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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FBI

Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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

The Press-Enterprise: REGION: City consultants bring benefits, concerns

Consulting

In wake of this week’s raids in Beaumont, other cities say they have safeguards to prevent problems.

Published: April 24, 2015 Updated: April 25, 2015 4:13 p.m.

When Menifee became a city in 2008, a consultant ran the show.

A firm, Winzler & Kelly, hired experienced managers to make decisions about real estate, public safety contracts, finances and other issues.

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

City of Industry

By Rebecca Kimitch, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/25/15, 9:51 PM PDT |

INDUSTRY>> An audit of city finances concluded Industry paid more than $326 million to companies owned by former Mayor Dave Perez and his family over the past 20 years, much of it for vague or even erroneous invoices that possibly resulted in massive overpayments.

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water-dam

By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/26/2015 12:17 AM

MEADOW VALLEY– High above a landscape parched by unremitting drought, Meadow Valley Creek courses through the northern Sierra Nevada and pools in a stand of alders behind a tiny, concrete dam.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal case fully dismissed

Dismissed

Friday, April 24, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff pay scandal that resulted in a fifteen-count grand jury indictment charging seven current and former employees, with falsification of training and pay records to defraud taxpayers, has met a final conclusion.

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BloombergPolitics

David Knowles
Apr 24, 2015 – 2:00 AM PDT

How Hillary Clinton’s new campaign reacted to a brutal morning in the press.

To run the risk of understatement, Thursday did not begin well for the Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign.

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New York Magazine: The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency

Clinton Global Initiative

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton listens to the speech of U.S. President Barack Obama during the seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Sheraton New York Hotel on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Chait
April 23, 2015

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber
April 22, 2015

Citing a rise in wrongful-conviction claims by inmates, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is launching a unit of veteran prosecutors to review the integrity of past convictions, joining a small but growing number of prosecutorial agencies around the country devoting resources to identify innocent prisoners.

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Orange County Seal

April 22, 2015
Updated April 21, 2015 – 7:36 p.m.
By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / STAFF WRITER

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally called for Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly to resign because of his decision to sentence a child rapist to 10 years instead of the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined Ryan Hagen of the San Bernardino Sun. Earlier today, Francis Pusok was awarded $650,000 for the beating he took at the hands of SB County Sheriff deputies. Also, last night at the San Bernardino City Council meeting, the council made a seemingly nonsensical financial decision.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

In this frame from video provided by KNBC-TV, deputies appear to beat and kick Francis Pusok. (KNBC-TV Associated Press)

By Veronica Rocha
April 21, 2015

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $650,000 to a man who was punched and kicked by a group of deputies following a pursuit on horseback.

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DOJ

By Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
April 19, 2015

Before he found himself being beaten earlier this month by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in view of a hovering news helicopter, Francis Pusok and law enforcement had clashed more than once.

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InlandPolitics: High-profie SBIA fraud prosecution hits the skids

SBIA

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Another high-profile prosecution has hit the skids.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel Murder-for-Hire trial set

Scales of Justice

Sunday, April 19 2015 – 10:30 a.m

The long-awaited punitive damages trial in the San Manuel Murder-for-Hire saga will start May 4, 2015.

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San Onofre

The San Onofre nuclear power plant, shown in 2012, will not be restarted, Edison officials say. (Grant Hindsley / Associated Press)

By Marc Lifsher
April 18, 2015

Consumer advocates, outraged by a secret negotiation in Poland over the $5-billion cost of closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant, are asking the California Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a deal that sticks utility customers with the bulk of the bill.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case continued again

Scales of Justice

Saturday, April 18, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

The nearly nine-year old prosecution of the California Charter Academy criminal case has been delayed again.

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Francis Pusok

Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley points to marks from where he says Taser barbs fired at him by sheriff’s deputies were ripped from his scalp. Pusok, who was interviewed Friday in the Victorville offices of his attorney, Jim Terrell, led deputies on a three-hour pursuit on April 9 after deputies attempted to serve a search warrant in the High Desert. (Sarah Alvarado — Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/15, 7:56 PM PDT |

VICTORVILLE >> Last week wasn’t the first time Francis Pusok encountered San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, and it wasn’t the first time he was beaten by law enforcement officers, he said in a Friday afternoon interview.

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Francis Pusok

Booking photo for Francis Jared Pusok (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/16/15, 8:16 PM PDT |

The attorney for an Apple Valley man whose beating by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies was captured on video by a news crew said Thursday he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court early next week.

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Spotlight

Published: April 16, 2015 – Updated: 8:43 p.m.

On Del Oro Road, not far from the strip malls that line Apple Valley’s bustling Bear Valley Road, Jolene Bindner is trying to make sense of the national attention she and her boyfriend have received.

The boyfriend, Francis Pusok, is the theft suspect who 10 San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were videotaped hitting and kicking after a pursuit April 9 that began with Pusok fleeing in a car and ended with Pusok falling off a stolen horse.

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

Daily Bulletin: Upland retains city attorney

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/15, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> After five months serving as the interim city attorney, the City Council has agreed to retain Richard Adams on a permanent basis.

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U-T San Diego: Chairman: Scrap San Onofre deal

SCE

State Senator Ben Hueso says settlement hatched in secret in Poland shouldn’t stand

By Jeff McDonald
April 15, 2015 – 5:11 p.m.

The settlement that assigned billions of dollars in San Onofre nuclear plant closure costs to customers should be revisited after revelations about how the deal came together, the chairman of the state Senate committee overseeing utilities said.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
04/15/2015 – 2:50 PM

He’s at it again.

This time CalPERS maverick board member J.J. Jelincic is taking on his colleagues and Attorney General Kamala Harris over a policy that excludes him from performance and pay decisions for the fund’s top executives. Harris says that Jelincic shouldn’t participate in those decisions to avoid conflicts of interest.

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Mayor Pulido sit together at the mayor’s table at the state of the city address in June. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek/Voice of OC).

By Adam Elmahrek
April 15, 2015 at 7:28 AM

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas will be clearing Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido of any criminal wrongdoing related to a property swap between the mayor and a city contractor, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Lou is joined by Bob Mink, his former pastor, to discuss the rise in exorcisms being performed in England.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

There could be more dark clouds forming for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/15, 9:46 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO>> County supervisors are demanding action in response to a video that shows sheriff’s deputies punching and kicking a suspect after he attempted to surrender at the end of a lengthy pursuit last week.

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U-T San Diego: Commission seeks Edison emails

CPUC

Regulators are considering sanctions for utility over Warsaw meeting

By Jeff McDonald
April 14, 2015 – 5:35 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ordered Southern California Edison to turn over all documents related to the potential settlement of the San Onofre closure dated between March 2013 and November 2014.

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California Courts of Appeal

By Matt Stevens
April 14, 2015

An appellate court ruling due by next week could put a glitch in plans to reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of slashing urban water use by 25% statewide.

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KNBC

Man whose police beating was caught on tape: I’ll sue

By M. Alex Johnson and Hallie Jackson
April 13, 2015

Francis Pusok, the California man seen on video being beaten by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies after he stole a horse last week, told NBC News on Monday that he was handcuffed during “99 percent” of the pummeling and unable to protect himself.

Then, after the beating was ending, Pusok says a deputy whispered in his ear: “This isn’t over.”

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Francis Pusok - Mug Shot Photo

Deputies surround Francis Jared Pusok on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Apple Valley, as seen in a image from helicopter video from NBC 4. Pusok is suspected of stealing the horse seen in the video. Ten deputies have been put on leave in the case. They apparently beat and Tased Pusok during the takedown. (Image from YouTube video)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/13/15 – 7:44 AM PDT |

Francis Pusok, the Apple Valley man seen beaten by sheriff’s deputies on news video following a pursuit, was released on bail Sunday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s booking information shows.

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Police Radio

By Jane Yamamoto and Willian Avila
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 09:21 a.m.

An attorney for a man beaten by sheriff’s deputies after a pursuit in the San Bernardino County high desert said his office was searching for dispatch recordings after two women came forward saying they heard the takedown over police scanners.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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San Bernardino County Sheriff
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies beat and kick Francis Pusok on April 9 near Apple Valley after Pusok fled from them in a car and on horseback. (KNBC-TV, Associated Press)

By Paloma Esquivel, Richard Winton and Cindy Chang
April 11, 2015

After leading authorities on a nearly three-hour pursuit by car and horseback, Francis Pusok was lying face down in the dirt with his hands clasped behind his back as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies moved in.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

SBCO Sheriff Badge

Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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The Sun: San Bernardino firefighters union sues city

San Bernardino Seal

The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of suits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/15, 6:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The union representing San Bernardino’s firefighters sued the city in a pair of lawsuits on Thursday and Friday, alleging city officials are violating San Bernardino’s charter in an ongoing pay dispute.

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U-T San Diego: Hotel notes show San Onofre deal hatched early

top secret

Framework was set in Poland, before public process began
By Jeff McDonald
April 10, 2015 – Updated 9:00 p.m.

Notes of a March 2013 secret meeting at a luxury hotel in Warsaw show that a $4.7 billion deal to divide shutdown costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant was largely in place a year before any provisions were made known to the public.

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Los Angeles Times: Several state officials subpoenaed in Calderon corruption trial

Ron Calderon

Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) sits at his desk during a Senate session last year. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
April 9, 2015

Federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on about 10 staff members in the California Legislature who may be called as witnesses in the August corruption trial of former state Sen. Ronald Calderon, Capitol sources confirmed Thursday.

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U-T San Diego: Judge will hear San Onofre suit

San Onofre Steam Generators

Replacement steam generators for San Onofre arrive in Oceanside in 2009. They turned out to be flawed.

San Diego group contested ratepayer costs for shutdown
By Jeff McDonald
April 8, 2015 – 1:24 p.m.

A federal judge wants to hear in person why the decision to charge customers billions of dollars for the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant is a fair deal for ratepayers.

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Orange County Seal

Orange County officials Thursday called for the resignation of a superior court judge who cut 15 years off the minimum 25 year sentence of a man convicted of sodomizing a 3-year-old girl.

By Emily Foxhall
April 9, 2015

In more than 15 years on the bench, Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly said, he had never run into a case like the 19-year-old child molester facing a minimum 25-year prison term.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Exclusive aerial footage showed a group of up to five sheriff’s deputies kicking and punching a man who lead officials on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley before 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Published Thursday, Apr 9, 2015)

By Jason Kandel and Tony Shin
Thursday, April 9, 2015

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon ordered an immediate internal investigation Thursday into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NewsChopper4.

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Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/08/15, 8:56 PM PDT |

Attorneys for Ontario are petitioning the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside to reverse a ruling upholding the decades-old agreement that gave Los Angeles control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Daily Press: McMahon stands by department’s Taser policy

SBCO Sheriff Badge

By Anneli Fogt, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon on Wednesday stood by the department’s use-of-force training procedures and Taser guidelines weeks after the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation sued the department alleging they withheld requested documents surrounding Taser policies and use.

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Unpaid Fines

By John Howard
Posted 04.08.2015

With one in six California drivers – about 4.2 million people — having suspended licenses because they can’t pay court fines, a lawmaker has proposed reducing the suspensions in non-violent cases and setting up an amnesty program to help motorists.

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Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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InlandPolitics: Twist develops in California Charter Academy prosecution

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A twist has developed in the long-running California Charter Academy prosecution.

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Ontario

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

Published: April 7, 2015 – Updated: 3:49 p.m.

The city of Ontario asked an appellate court on Tuesday to set aside and reverse a judge’s ruling that upheld decades-old agreements that gave Los Angeles control and ownership of Ontario International Airport.

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

gavel

By Abby Phillip
April 7, 2015 at 4:48 PM

In December, a jury convicted 20-year-old Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. In California, that charge comes with a minimum sentence of 25 years to life.

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Gavel

By Matthias Gafni, Bay Area News Group
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 04/06/15 – 8:16 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a first of its kind decision for open government, a Sacramento judge ruled last week that the public has a constitutional right of access to California state Legislature meetings and writings of public officials.

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InlandPolitics: Another sordid case of misconduct

California Lawyer

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

A reader forwarded a link to an exhaustive article, published in California Lawyer magazine, discussing alleged misconduct by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General, in a civil case stemming from the costly 2007 Moonlight Fire in Plumas County.

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San Onofre

An agreement to shut down the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station assigns approximately $3.3 billion of the costs to ratepayers in Southern and Central California and $1.4 billion to two utilities.

By Marc Lifsher
April 3, 3025

The president of the scandal-rocked Public Utilities Commission has rejected a call from a powerful lawmaker to reopen a financial settlement that apportioned nearly $5 billion in costs for the June 2013 permanent closure of the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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The Sun: Court denies appeals in lawsuits filed against Redlands, Walmart

Redlands Crossing

The Good Neighbor Coalition and Occupy Redlands came together to protest Walmart and the proposed supercenter in front of the corporation’s store on Redlands Boulevard, February 29, 2012. An appeals court Thursday denied the appeals filed by community groups in opposition to the proposed supercenter.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/02/15 – 6:52 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Two civil cases filed against the city and Walmart related to a proposed store on the city’s North Side have come to an end.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Jonathan Wood from the Pacific Legal Foundation joins Lou. Jonathan talks with Lou about the drought that has been made much worse by poor policies. Is a fish worth the human toll?

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Secret Email

By Michael R. Blood and Juliet Williams
Associated Press
03/30/2015 – 12:12 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other top elected officials in California acknowledge using personal email accounts to conduct government business, and it’s not clear if their private exchanges are retained as public records or subject to disclosure.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
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03/30/2015 12:05 AM

Michael Peevey’s announcement last fall that he would not seek reappointment to the California Public Utilities Commission appeared to offer closure to years of controversy surrounding his tenure.

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By David G. Savage
March 29, 2015

A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at free-speech rules for high schools.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy ‘unique,’ ‘perplexing,’ creditor says

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/27/15, 12:01 AM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s lack of progress as the deadline to file a bankruptcy exit plan approaches is “perplexing” and shows an important contrast with other cities that have gone through bankruptcy, according to an attorney representing the city’s pension obligation bondholders who also was involved in bankruptcies in Detroit, Stockton, and Central Falls, Rhode Island.

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IE Business Daily: Political Whispers

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March 28, 2015

The City of San Bernardino is in a real bind regarding its bankruptcy proceedings. San Bernardino has a drop dead date to submit its bankruptcy plan by May 30. Management Partners, the organization brought on board to put that plan together has stated that due to staff failures they are likely to miss Judge Jury’s hard deadline, which will require a request to continue the proceedings, again. Reminder: The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in August, 2012.

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Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting award in Washington

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Politics | Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:53pm EDT

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(Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case.

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Adrienna Wong, a staff attorney with the ACLU, has filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff´s Department on Thursday, seeking more information regarding the alleged mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Doug Saunders and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/15, 1:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The ACLU sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, seeking a judge’s order to produce records on its Taser gun policies and practices, in light of controversy over how deputies are using the devices.

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Daily Press: ACLU sues over Taser records

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: Watchdog group demands more documents to evaluate if concerns spurred change.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department held back requested documents related to its policies and practices on Taser use, impairing the ACLU’s ability to properly evaluate whether the department has taken a 2012 Grand Jury’s concerns seriously.

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