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Tony Cardenas

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

Sarah D. Wire
May 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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Calpensions: Why bankrupt San Bernardino didn’t cut pensions

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By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

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

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Dan Walters

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

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

Joe Dunn’s ears must have been burning Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

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

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

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

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Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

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

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U.S. Supreme Court

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

David G. Savage
April 26, 2016

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

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Scales of Justice

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

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

The investigator fired shots at the man but missed.

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U.S.-District-Court

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

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

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Apple Valley

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

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

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

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Kamala Harris

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

John Myers
April 21, 2016

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

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Dan Walters

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

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

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

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

Dan Walters

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

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

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

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SBCO Superior Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (Richard Vogel/AP)

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 15, 2016

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

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Shell

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

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

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The Sun: Proposal could increase number of Inland judges

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

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

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Appellate Courts

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

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

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Microsoft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Press: County loses discrimination lawsuit

SBCO

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

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

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

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Greg Devereaux

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

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

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

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InlandPolitics: CHP probing DUI free-pass allegations

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

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

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Mike Hestrin

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

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

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

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

Municipal Bonds

Published: April 13, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

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

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

San Bernardino County Sheriff

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

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

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SBCO

County Supervisors up legal services contract by $400K

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

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

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

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

 

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

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No Money

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

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

RENO —

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

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901 Strada LLC - LLC

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

James Rufus Koren
April 8, 2016

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

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

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

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Mimi Walters

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
April 7, 2016

Rep. Mimi Walters’ chief of staff, David Bowser, has resigned following news of federal corruption charges related to his work in another congressional office.

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Conflict of Interest

Patrick McGreevy
April 7, 2016

The state Senate voted Thursday to expand a law that requires public officials to disclose when they have a conflict of interest and to recuse themselves from voting on a government contract involving a relative.

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LA County Seal

The former version of the Los Angeles County seal, left, includes a cross above the Hollywood Bowl. That seal was replaced by the version on the right.

Abby Sewell
April 7, 2016

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka leaves the downtown federal courthouse after a jury convicted him on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
April 6, 2016

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka of deliberately impeding an FBI investigation, capping a jail abuse and obstruction scandal that reached to the top echelons of the Sheriff’s Department.

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Daily Bulletin: Ontario airport authority eyes Upland-based attorney

Ontario International Airport

Planes land and take off from the asphalt-paved runway at the Ontario International Airport. (File photo)

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/04/16 – 3:10 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> A high-profile attorney could serve as the general counsel for the local authority when it assumes control of LA/Ontario International Airport this year.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, center heads to the federal courthouse on Friday in downtown Los Angeles. Sarah Reingewirtz — Pasadena Star-News

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/04/16 – 9:56 PM PDT |

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka admitted on the witness stand Monday that he has a tattoo associated with a deputy gang known as the Vikings that a federal judge has called a “neo-nazi, white supremacist” group.

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U.S. Supreme Court

Courts & Law

By Robert Barnes
April 4, 2016 at 8:47 PM
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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that states may satisfy “one person, one vote” rules by drawing election districts based on the total population of a place, a defeat for conservative interests that wanted the districts based only on the number of people eligible to vote.

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Chino Valley Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/03/16 – 3:05 PM PDT |

CHINO HILLS >> Almost two months after the Chino Valley Unified school board was ordered to cut out the heavy use of prayer during meetings, the same federal judge is ordering four board members to pay for the legal fees of the winning side.

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The Sun: San Bernardino settlement: Pension obligation bondholders to get 40%

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/29/16 – 9:15 PM PDT |

San Bernardino will pay the holders of its pension obligation bonds 40 percent of what they’re owed, reducing the total payments to one of its largest creditors by about $45 million, according to a settlement between the bankrupt city and those creditors.

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Union Dues

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County public school teacher, sued to challenge the mandatory fees paid to the California Teachers Assn. (Greg Schneider / Associated Press)

David G. Savage
March 29, 2016

A well-planned legal assault on public unions collapsed Tuesday when the Supreme Court deadlocked over a California woman’s lawsuit to strike down mandatory fees, the strongest evidence yet that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death has stymied the court’s conservatives.

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DOJ

Joel Rubin , James Queally and Paresh Dave
March 28, 2016

Federal officials on Monday dropped their legal fight against Apple after unlocking the iPhone used by an assailant in last year’s San Bernardino terror attack, leaving unsettled a vexing debate over privacy and security amid rapid advances in technology.

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The Sacramento Bee: Top Jerry Brown aide’s PG&E stock disclosure investigated

Nancy McFadden

Nancy McFadden, 51, executive to Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
March 24, 2016 – 5:57 PM

  • Fair Political Practices Commission looking into Brown aide Nancy McFadden
  • Notes “apparent failure” to disclose stock status
  • No conflict of interest alleged

California’s campaign finance watchdog will investigate whether a top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown accurately disclosed the status of her stock holdings in a major utility.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, mayor of Gardena, is seen in 2014. The former Los Angeles County undersheriff is facing trial in federal court on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
March 24, 2016

The criminal trial of Paul Tanaka, a once powerful figure in Los Angeles policing, is set to open with the former undersheriff facing charges he deliberately thwarted an FBI investigation into jail abuses.

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Daily Press: Court records overhaul burden to public access

Scales of Justice

By Matthew Cabe, Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 23, 2016 – Updated at 11:18 PM

  • Attorneys document issues, inaccuracies

SAN BERNARDINO — Public access to online criminal court records in San Bernardino County has significantly decreased as of late.

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Appellate Courts

David Garrick
By David Garrick | March 23, 2016 – 8:35 p.m.

San Diego — In a decision that could have a sweeping impact across California, a new state appeals court ruling may ease approval of local tax increases if they are placed on the ballot by citizen’s initiative instead of by a government agency.

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Reuters: Israeli firm helping FBI to open encrypted iPhone: report

Reuters

Technology | Wed Mar 23, 2016 – 6:53am EDT
By Tova Cohen
Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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Elections

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/16 – 6:40 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga isn’t the only local city scrambling to implement district elections for its city council due to a legal threat: Chino and Upland are known to be doing the same.

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IE Business Daily

March 19, 2016

The Colonies Corruption Case, which has been dragging along now for over six years, may finally be coming to an inglorious end.

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Appellate Courts

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/19/16 – 4:36 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> In an unprecedented move, an appellate court has found Upland residents deserve the chance to overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in a special election.

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Daily Press: ‘Faulty’ convictions costly

SBCO

Study: County paid $5M in settlements between 1989-2012

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 19, 2016 at   – 12:01 AM
Updated Mar 19, 2016 at –  6:57 PM

More than $5 million in settlements were paid out in San Bernardino County between 1989 and 2012 for “faulty” felony convictions, according to a UC Berkley School of Law study.

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CHP Officer - Traffic Tickets

CHP Officer Sean Deise sits in his cruiser as he writes out a ticket for a window tint violation during a traffic stop at the Eastmont Town Center in East Oakland, CA Thursday March 7th, 2013. Oakland officials have approved funding to pay for California Highway Patrol officers to help Oakland Police in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods. (Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle)

By Bob Egelko
Posted:    March 18, 2016
Updated: March 18, 2016 – 7:09pm

When U.S. Justice Department officials warned state courts this week that soaring financial penalties for low-level wrongdoing might be damaging people’s lives, they could have had Mariah Robinson in mind.

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Orange County Register

The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Khouri
March 18, 2016

A U.S. District Court judge has approved a temporary restraining order to block Tribune Publishing’s purchase of the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, a decision that the owner of the Los Angeles Times has described as a “death-knell” to its bid.

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Orange County Register

The Orange County Register building in Santa Ana. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Andrew Khouri
March 17, 2016

The owner of the Los Angeles Times was selected as the top bidder for the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise during the papers’ bankruptcy auction, but the U.S. Department of Justice immediately filed a lawsuit to block the deal Thursday on antitrust grounds.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County: New developments in high-profile court case

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 –  08:00 a.m.

There’s new coverage of developments in a high-profile, long-running San Bernardino County court case.

To read the article by Joe Nelson in The Sun, click the following link: Appellate court opens door again to San Bernardino County corruption case

Los Angeles Times

The U.S. Justice Department sees “serious” antitrust issues with Tribune Publishing’s bankruptcy bid for The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise and would take action to keep any merger from hurting newspaper readers and advertisers in the region, according to letter to Freedom Communications this week. Los Angeles Times is owned by Tribune Publishing.

Jonathan Lansner / Staff Writer
March 15, 2016
Updated: March 16, 2016 – 9:55 a.m.

The U.S. Justice Department sees “serious” antitrust issues with Tribune Publishing’s bankruptcy bid for The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise and would take action to keep any merger from hurting local newspaper readers and advertisers, according to a letter to Freedom Communications.

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VW

The Volkswagen logo is displayed on a car. (Michael Probst / Associated Press)

Associated Press
March 15, 2016

Volkswagen Group’s big institutional investors, including California’s huge public pension fund, are suing the German automaker for $3.57 billion in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has seen VW’s stock price shrivel by a third.

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Traffic Cop

State court officials said that more than 58,000 drivers have received cost reductions in traffic fines and court fees.58,000 California drivers have traffic fines and court fees cut under amnesty (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Associated Press
March 16, 2016

Tens of thousands of California drivers have had traffic fines and court fees reduced under an amnesty program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help the poor.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford was injured in a fight with an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Christopher Goffard
March 15, 2016

Attorneys for a man accused in a Lake Forest assault have asked that the Orange County district attorney’s office be thrown off the case, citing “a pattern of intimidation” against defense witnesses — most recently when one of the district attorney’s investigators bloodied an attorney in a courthouse hallway.

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Daily Press: Settlement terms reached in Dan’te Parker suits

SBCO

A settlement could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county by different family members of Dante Parker, the former Daily Press employee who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:    Mar. 14, 2016 at 8:58 AM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM

  • County Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to sign off

SAN BERNARDINO — The terms of a settlement agreed upon sometime after Feb. 9 could be approved Tuesday in three civil cases brought against the county and law enforcement officials by family members of Dan’te Parker, the former Daily Press pressman who died in sheriff’s custody after being stunned with a Taser as many as 12 times in August 2014.

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Courts

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated:   March 13, 2016 – 7:48 p.m.

Between 1989 and 2012, Riverside and San Bernardino counties paid a combined $10,653,000 in settlements and legal fees in 193 cases where defendants claimed they were wrongfully arrested or prosecuted.

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

Harry Potter

Jim Erwin
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

An attention-gathering theory propelled by an Amicus Curiae or Friend of the Court Brief, filed in support of U.S. Government attempts to force Apple Inc. to unlock the encryption of an iPhone 5c, is still being called out for what it is.

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The Press-Enterprise: BEAUMONT: Union Bank provides records in spending probe

Beaumont

City accounting controls were effectively nonexistent, making it impossible to know whether hundreds of millions of dollars were spent as intended.

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated: March 12, 2016 – 6:08 a.m.

Union Bank of California has provided the city of Beaumont access to financial records needed to determine how former city officials spent hundreds of million of dollars in city bond funds.

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

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Paige St. John
March 11, 2016

A study of more than 600 overturned felony convictions in California calculates the cost of those botched cases to taxpayers at more than $220 million over two decades.

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Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator.

Defense attorney James Crawford, who recently won a victory in a court case connected to the ongoing informant scandal, said he was attacked by a District Attorney’s investigator on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

By Sean Emery, Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff Writers
March 11, 2016 – Updated 8:04 a.m.

SANTA ANA – An Orange County defense attorney on Thursday launched an online petition calling for the arrest of a district attorney’s investigator involved in a courthouse altercation with Orange lawyer James Crawford.

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Cigarette

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
March 10, 2016 9:52 AM

  • California legal tobacco purchase age would shift to 21 from 18
  • E-cigarettes would be regulated as tobacco
  • Fate with Democratic governor unknown

California is one step away from enacting some of its most significant tobacco legislation in decades.

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James Crawford Beating Photo

Attorney James Crawford shown after an alleged fight Wednesday involving an Orange County district attorney’s investigator at a Santa Ana courthouse. (Courtesy of Jerry Steering)

Richard Winton
March 9, 2016

The 10th floor of a Santa Ana courthouse was the site of a bloody brawl Wednesday between a defense attorney and an investigator from the Orange County district attorney’s office, authorities said.

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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant

The San Onofre nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County, was shut down in 2013, and the Public Utilities Commission sunsequently said ratepayers should pay 70 percent of the closure costs. The decision is now being contested.

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
March 9, 2016 – 10:44 AM

  • Justice J. Anthony Kline had blocked order to review communications
  • Lawyers seeking email access demanded that Kline recuse himself
  • Other judges will now decide whether emails should be released

Appellate Justice J. Anthony Kline, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s oldest friends, has quietly stepped away from handling a case involving Brown’s communications with the Public Utilities Commission.

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calpers

James Rufus Koren
March 9, 2016

Moody’s Corp. will pay $130 million to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to settle allegations that the ratings agency acted negligently by giving top scores to ultimately toxic investments that cost the pension fund hundreds of millions of dollars, CalPERS said Wednesday.

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California Supreme Court

By Jonathan Cooper, AP
March 8, 2016 – 7:40 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court will begin streaming oral arguments online.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
March 8, 2016 – 3:08 PM

  • Judge rules that bullet train doesn’t violate bond act
  • However, other legal hurdles still must be cleared
  • Project still faces financial challenges as well

California’s highly controversial bullet train project dodged a bullet Tuesday when a judge declared that opponents had not proved that it would violate provisions of a 2008 bond measure.

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GIZMODO: This Argument for Why Apple Needs to Help the FBI Is Straight-Up Insane

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Gizmodo

Kate Knibbs
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:56pm – Filed to: Made-Up Things

This Argument for Why Apple Needs to Help the FBI Is Straight-Up Insane

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ACLU

By Tony Saavedra and Scott Schwebke / Staff writers
March 4, 2016 – Updated 6:08 p.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California jumped into the Orange County fight over jailhouse informants on Friday, filing a public records request seeking access to internal law enforcement files dating back to 1985.

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Cigarette

Capitol Alert
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
March 3, 2016 – 11:10 AM

  • Legal smoking age would go to 21
  • Military personnel could buy at age 18
  • E-cigarettes would be treated as tobacco products

Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California’s smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products passed the state Assembly on Thursday and should soon go before Gov. Jerry Brown.

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InlandPolitics: Lawsuit filed over San Bernardino County jails

SBCO

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

A lawsuit has been filed by The Prison Law Office against San Bernardino County alleging improper treatment of inmates in local jails.

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Stephen G. Larson

Attorney Stephen G. Larson at his home office in Upland last month. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/16 – 2:00 PM PST |

Upland-based defense attorney Stephen G. Larson has been tied to some of the highest profile cases at both the local and national levels.

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iPhone

By Sean Sposito
March 2, 2016
Updated: March 2, 2016 – 8:45pm

Around the time of the eighth major release of its mobile operating system in September 2014, Apple made a bold statement: Not even it could crack the software’s updated pass-code protections.

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Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/29/16 – 11:04 AM PST |

In a continuing series of lawsuits alleging inmate abuse and other civil rights violations in San Bernardino County jails, a prisoners rights organization filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the county on behalf of two inmates.

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iPhone 6

Apple and the FBI are at odds over creating software to unlock an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. (Erik S. Lesser / EPA)

Joel Rubin
February 29, 2016

Apple won the latest round in its battle with the U.S. government over accessing iPhones in criminal investigations on Monday when a federal judge said he would not force the technology company to assist in a drug probe.

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Calpensions: Judges win lawsuit as pension conflicts continue

Pensions

By Ed Mendel
February 29, 2016

A superior court judge has awarded judges back pay and a pension increase, ruling that a five-year freeze on their salary did not keep pace with average increases in state worker pay, a requirement under state law.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown ‘hopeful’ in California Supreme Court ruling

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Thursday January 21, 2016. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
February 27, 2016 7:43 PM

  • California governor defends administration’s handling of crime initiative
  • Brown supporters expected to start circulating petition immediately
  • Brown says “the process worked”

Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County public attorneys get new contract, raises

SBCPAA

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 04:00 p.m.

The union representing public attorneys employed by San Bernardino County has secured a new collective bargaining agreement through August 2019.

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gavel

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Surprisingly there’s only two in a slew of San Bernardino County Superior Court Judgeship’s being contested in June.

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