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Daily Bulletin: San Bernardino County executive Linda Haugen retiring after 35 years

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Linda Haugen – Courtesy photo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/10/16 – 4:08 PM PDT |

Linda Haugen, assistant executive officer of the San Bernardino County Department of Human Services, is retiring after 35 years with the county.

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InlandPolitics: No accountability on San Bernardino County child deaths

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Friday, October 7, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

The unfolding scandal involving the deaths of multiple children, including some as small as infants and toddlers, under the care and custody of San Bernardino County Children and Family Services has become an all out disgrace and miscarriage of justice.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/04/16 – 10:51 PM PDT |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract with Enron prosecutor John C. Hueston to assess the county’s child welfare services system amid an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County brings back Enron prosecutor for CFS investigation

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/03/16 – 9:01 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County has brought back Enron prosecutor John C. Hueston to help defend it against an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office into alleged illegal practices at the Department of Children and Family Services.

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KTTV-LA: The Children Are Dying: Foster Family Failure

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We continue our FOX 11 investigation into the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

By: Ramona Schindelheim
Posted:     Sep 09 2015 – 09:16PM PDT
Updated: Sep 09 2015 – 10:43PM PDT

(SAN BERNARDINO, CA) – A family of five young siblings is suing the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services and a foster care agency contracted by the CFS, alleging the two youngest members of the family were sexually abused in a foster care home in Victorville over three years.

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The Sacramento Bee: California again has nation’s highest rate of real poverty

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
September 13, 2016 – 4:00 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators have been crowing about what they did for California’s poorest residents the last few years.

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SBCO

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a few observations on the unfolding abuse scandal in the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

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The Sentinel: Evidence DA, Grand Jury Adviser obstructed investigation growing

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By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on July 16, 2016

A backlog of evidence and witnesses being accumulated by investigators with the California Attorney General’s Office looking into criminal acts and negligence in San Berardino County’s Children and Family Services Department implicates San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos and one of his employees, deputy district attorney Michael Dauber in an effort to obstruct justice, information provided by some of those witnesses shows.

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Valles calls for director to step down; Lovingood rebukes ‘grandstanding’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:       July 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Updated:    July 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood says he and fellow board members will “collectively” go through the grand jury’s annual report that recently raised concerns about San Bernardino County’s child welfare agency.

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InlandPolitics: KTTV coverage of San Bernardino County CFS scandal

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Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s a clip from Los Angeles-based Fox News Affiliate KTTV-11 on their latest coverage of the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services scandal.

This latest segment is focused on the watered-down Civil Grand Jury Report released on June 30.

The “window dressing” Grand Jury Report, for whatever it’s worth, should have been released one year ago. However that endeavor was cut-off.

San Bernardino County Grand Jury

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/01/16 – 2:52 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County’s child welfare system is rife with systemic failures, including shoddy documentation practices, a communication breakdown between social workers and law enforcement that thwarts child abuse investigations, and a reluctance by social workers to remove children from abusive homes, according to grand jury findings.

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The state Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice announced Wednesday morning its investigation into San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services and allegations that children are repeatedly placed into abusive homes, where they have been severely abused, some to the point of death.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/22/16 – 12:05 PM PDT |

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Wednesday her office is investigating allegations of systemic failures in San Bernardino County’s Department of Children and Family Services, prompted by horrific tales of children repeatedly being placed into abusive homes where they died or were severely abused.

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InlandPolitics: California AG announces San Bernardino County CFS probe

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a Wednesday morning presser, announced that a “probe” is underway into negligence allegations against San Bernardino County Children and Family Services (CFS).

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Child Abuse

Gabriel Fernandez was killed after breakdowns by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. (Family handout)

Garrett Therolf
May 18, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected within the next week.

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KTTV-FOX News: Sources: Grand Jury Witnesses Threatened With Prosecution

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Sources go on the record alleging that witnesses called to testify have been threatened.

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KTTV

By: Gina Silva
Posted:    Feb 17 2016 – 09:29 PM PST
Updated: Feb 17 2016 – 10:33 PM PST

Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: California has big money, hot politics in poverty

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 17, 2016 – 9:06 AM

  • Millions of people in state are mired in poverty
  • Caring for their needs costs $200 billion a year
  • But politicians wrangle over whether it’s enough

Gov. Jerry Brown was still explaining his new budget to reporters on Jan. 7 when advocates for the poor, who didn’t like what he was saying, began firing email blasts.

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California Capitol

Melanie Mason
October 9, 2015

A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday cements California’s expansion of public healthcare to children who are in the country illegally, underscoring the state’s immigrant-friendly tilt.

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KTTV

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 06:00 p.m.

Los Angeles-based KTTV-TV 11 is airing a story alleging that negligence inside the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Agency (CFS) has resulted in multiple preventable child deaths and needless abuse.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Dr. Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation joins the show. He and Lou talk about the rise of “tiny houses” for the homeless in San Pedro. Why are these a bad idea?

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Reuters: California progressives challenge governor’s fiscal caution

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. (Reuters/Max Whittaker)

Politics | Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – 7:17am EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | By Sharon Bernstein

After years of fiscal and policy restraint by California Governor Jerry Brown, a new crop of legislative leaders are trying to push the state further to the left, with mixed results.

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The Union Democrat: Brown, lawmakers agree on $115.4 billion California budget

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By Judy Lin
Associated Press
Jun 16, 2016 – 8:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children who are in the country illegally while expanding other social welfare programs, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders said Tuesday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 16, 2015

  • Obamacare enrollees have difficulty finding providers
  • Legislative budget raised reimbursement rates in California
  • Spending deal axes rate increases, leaving issue in air

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether residents of states that refused to implement Obamacare are entitled to federal insurance subsidies.

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KPCC: Anti-poverty bills may pile up on Governor Brown’s desk

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Governor Jerry Brown has faced criticism he’s not doing enough for California’s poor. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Rina Palta
June 04, 05:47 PM

As legislative deadlines near, a handfuls of bills aimed at aiding the poor are advancing through the state legislature this week.

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The Sacramento Bee: Will tax credit for the poor go on forever?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 30, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants California to give working poor ‘earned income tax credit’
  • Governor insists it’s not ‘entitlement’
  • It’s likely to become one, however

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed an “earned income tax credit” for California’s working poor.

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CNBC: Social Security: It’s even worse than you think

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The Social Security Trust Fund will start bleeding money in 5 years.

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Tom Anderson
May 9, 2015

The Social Security Administration projects that its trust funds will be depleted by 2033—not an optimistic forecast. But it may be even bleaker than that.

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By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
Posted: 07/28/14, 2:25 PM PDT | Updated: 17 secs ago

WASHINGTON >> Medicare’s financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

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SacBee: California’s huge 65-plus population poised for big growth

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 30, 2014

Thanks to high birth and immigration rates over the last several decades, California has one of the nation’s lowest proportions of over-65 residents – but it also has one of its higher elderly growth rates, a new Census Bureau report reveals.

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Politico: The unemployment insurance graveyard

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There are 3.5 million people who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks.

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By BURGESS EVERETT | 5/18/14 5:05 PM EDT

Senate negotiators toiled for months to revive long-term unemployment benefits in a manner that could draw the support of both centrist Republicans and liberal Democrats.

But in a few days, that effort will be all for naught.

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RollCall: Unemployment Extension Vote Not Worrying House Republicans

By Daniel Newhauser
Roll Call Staff
March 26, 2014, 5 a.m.

Reid, left, plans to bring the bipartisan unemployment benefits extension to the Senate floor soon. In the House, Boehner and his fellow Republicans plan to hold out for more concessions from Democrats.

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By Robert Costa
Monday, March 3, 2014

As a direct counter to President Obama’s recent emphasis on the gap between rich and poor, the upcoming House Republican budget will focus on welfare reform and recommend a sweeping overhaul of social programs, including Head Start and Medicaid.

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LATimes: Obama backs away from a Republican budget priority

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President Obama is seeking to present a unified Democratic front in his next budget, scheduled for release in early March. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press / February 12, 2014)

By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey
February 20, 2014, 7:13 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party’s base.

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The Hill: Democrats plead with Obama to abandon Social Security cut

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By Alexander Bolton – 01/11/14 12:00 PM EST

Democratic senators are pleading with President Obama to abandon his proposal to trim Social Security benefits before it becomes a liability for them in the midterm elections.

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LADailyNews: California budget surges to record high

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By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/09/14, 6:09 PM PST |

In Los Angeles Thursday afternoon to unveil his annual state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown called his fiscal plan conservative, one that sets aside billions in a rainy day fund.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s high living costs create high poverty

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 – 12:00 am

Those on the starboard side of California’s political ledger often complain about the state’s high tax burden, its dense regulatory structure and other policies that make the state a difficult place in which to do business.

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DailyBulletin: California poorer than previously thought, Census says

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By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/06/13, 8:24 PM PST |

An alternative method of looking at poverty has found that California has the highest rate of impoverished people in the nation, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. government.

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The Sun (AP): Social Security benefits to go up by 1.5 percent next year

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This undated handout image provided by the Social Security Administration shows a prepaid MasterCard debit card that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients who do not have bank accounts have the option of getting with their benefits instead of a paper check. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a government measure of inflation that will be released Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Social Security Administration)

By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
Posted: 10/30/13, 7:02 AM PDT |

WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year, the government announced Wednesday.

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EBT Card

Over 47 million people nationwide receive food stamp assistance.

By Brad Plumer
Published: October 28 at 12:47 pm

The U.S. food-stamp program is set to shrink in the months ahead. The only real question is by how much.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently costs about $80 billion per year and provides food aid to 14 percent of all U.S. households — some 47 million people. Those numbers swelled dramatically during the recession.

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The Hill: Dems fear Obama’s Social Security cut will haunt them in 2014 races

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By Mike Lillis – 04/14/13 06:00 AM ET

A growing number of House Democrats are concerned that President Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security benefits will haunt the party at the polls in 2014.

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LATimes: Obama’s budget plan draws fire from both sides

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The proposal, to be released next week, would cut Social Security and other benefits by lowering the cost-of-living adjustment. It would also cut Medicare and raise some taxes on the wealthy.

By Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
April 5, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The budget that President Obama is scheduled to release next week drew attacks Friday from both the left and right — a reaction that White House aides appeared to welcome as they sought to portray the plan as a middle-of-the-road attempt at compromise.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Demography underlies big issues in California

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 – 8:26 am

The legislative session that reconvened this month faces no shortage of big issues, but underlying all of them is demographic change that is dramatically altering the face of California.

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LATimes: Fault lines also appearing on Democratic side in fiscal debate

Fiscal Cliff

Democrats relish Republican disunity in the fiscal debate, but splits of their own are emerging over Medicare.

By Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
December 16, 2012, 6:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Democrats in Congress have been relishing the division and sniping within Republican ranks over whether to raise tax rates. But as negotiations over the budget crisis wear on and shift to a debate over spending cuts, the tables are turning.

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SacBee: California PUC approves giving free cellphones to poor, homeless

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By Cynthia Hubert
chubert@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 – 7:04 am

The poorest of the poor in California soon will have easier access to one of society’s modern conveniences: the cellphone.

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By Michael A. Fletcher,
Friday, December 14, 2012

Just as state governments are healing from the deep fiscal wound inflicted by the Great Recession, they are confronted by the dual threat of reduced federal help and ever increasing health-care costs, according to a new report.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/08/2012 07:04:56 AM PDT

Document: Read the Grand Jury report
Related story: Grand Jury criticizes Victorville fiscal practices

An investigation has concluded that the San Bernardino County Human Services Department isn’t cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office in its prosecution of welfare cases.

But a county spokesman disputes the Grand Jury’s findings.

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SacBee: Final California budget deal wasn’t all about saving money

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 9:01 am

Gov. Jerry Brown rejected the Legislature’s first budget proposal in June because he said it was “not structurally balanced and puts us into a hole in succeeding years.”

The final 2012-13 budget agreement, however, didn’t do much to deepen the cuts. Instead, the negotiated changes focused on bridging philosophical differences and appealing to voters in November.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown cuts $195.7 million from budget

The governor uses line-item vetoes to eliminate 14,000 children from a care program, reduce Cal Grants college scholarships and trim state park funding.

 

By Chris Megerian and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown sliced $195.7 million from the budget that lawmakers sent him, disappointing fellow Democrats by taking money from child care, college scholarships and state parks and adding more to a rainy-day fund.

In a series of line-item vetoes detailed Thursday, Brown brought general fund spending to $91.3 billion and the overall state budget, including dedicated funds and bond money, to $142.4 billion.

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SacBee: Democrats still trying to secure support for California budget

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 23, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders called their budget deal Thursday a “conceptual agreement” for good reason.

With floor votes planned in three days, Brown officials and lawmakers are still filling out major details of cuts to welfare-to-work and health care for low-income children that will determine exactly how the budget will impact programs.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced a budget deal Thursday that imposes harsher consequences on welfare parents who cannot find work after two years and moves 880,000 low-income children into a cheaper state health care program.

The agreement came nearly one week after Democrats, under threat of losing their pay, sent Brown a $92.1 billion spending plan that avoided severe new cuts to safety net programs for the poor.

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LATimes: Key provisions of the state budget agreement

 

Spending on welfare, child care, home care, Medi-Cal, prisons, courts and state employees would be reduced. For now, education is relatively untouched.

June 21, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers announced Thursday that they had reached a deal on state spending. Here are some key elements of the budget agreement:

Social services

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 – 9:51 am

Legislative Democrats are poised to send Gov. Jerry Brown a budget that avoids deep new cuts in safety-net programs while reducing state worker pay and taking funds from courts and counties.

To help bridge a $15.7 billion deficit, the Democratic governor has asked his own party’s lawmakers to overhaul welfare-to-work, slash in-home care and require low-income students to earn higher grades for scholarship aid.

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SacBee: Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats divided over welfare cuts

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers were divided Tuesday over the thorny issue of remaking California’s welfare program and whether to allow some parents to receive cash aid without finding work.

The dispute continued three days before the constitutional deadline for passing a state budget, with Brown issuing a public rebuke, saying the Democratic budget was “not structurally balanced and puts us into a hole in succeeding years.”

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DailyBulletin: Public hospitals target of new state cash grab

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 05/31/2012 07:29:20 PM PDT

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer

COLTON – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, the county’s hospital, stands to lose millions of dollars, if proposals under Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget become reality, county officials said.

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales said the proposals are “horrendous” because they could end up causing some to be denied care at a time when they need it most, after losing health insurance because they had become unemployed in the sagging economy.

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The Sun: Governor’s budget proposal could be ‘catastrophic’ for SB County

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/30/2012 02:04:14 PM PDT

San Bernardino County stands to lose $60 million in funding for its welfare and food stamp programs and would likely have to eliminate hundreds of positions under Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, officials said.

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SFChronicle: Polls reveal mixed feelings on Brown’s tax plan

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Columnist
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown must have been pretty tickled with the results of an independent poll released this week that showed most likely voters willing to support his November tax initiative, a key part of his plan to balance the state budget. But Brown could not have been quite as upbeat after reading a little deeper: Voters are none too pleased with many of the details of his tax hike and budget cuts, particularly those Democrats and independent voters he needs so badly to vote for the ballot measure.

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SFChronicle: Governor seeks to cut programs Dems pledge to save

Wyatt Buchanan
Monday, May 21, 2012

Sacramento– Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal attempts to close a formidable $15.7 billion deficit, but the real debate at the Capitol in the next few weeks probably will be over how to cut just a fraction of the big amount.

That’s because about $2 billion in the governor’s budget represents permanent reductions in spending on state welfare, child care and other programs that Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly have pledged to protect.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 20, 2012 – 8:30 am

Legislative Democrats aren’t organizing a bake sale just yet, but they say they will desperately search for cash in the coming weeks to avoid the most severe cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Saying the state’s budget deficit has risen from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion, the Democratic governor has proposed more cuts to programs that serve the state’s poorest residents.

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The Sun: Unemployment benefits to run out for 93,000 Californians

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/11/2012 05:23:52 PM PDT

An estimated 93,000 Californians lost unemployment benefits as of today when the federal government cut off funding that allowed the state to provide extended aid to the jobless since 2009.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown proposes big changes in CalWORKS

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

As unemployed Californians struggle to find work, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed strict rules for parents on welfare: Get a job in two years or lose nearly half of cash aid along with training and child care.

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SFChronicle: Brown’s budget proposal gives voters stark choice

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sacramento –Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan released last week poses a stark choice for Californians: approve a five-year $35 billion tax increase in November or watch the hatchet drop on public school funding – with cuts so deep the school year could be shortened by almost a month.

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Bloomberg: Brown Budget Sends ‘Ransom Note’ to California Voters on Taxes

By Michael B. Marois and James Nash – Jan 5, 2012 9:01 PM P

California (STOCA1) Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget that would lop off the equivalent of three weeks from the public school year if voters reject his proposal for $7 billion in temporary tax increases.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 5, 2012

California’s top Senate Democrat today shut the door on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to make deep cuts to social services programs in the first few months of the year.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Tax cut extension plans split Inland delegation

Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona./The Press-Enterprise

The region’s politicians in Washington are split along partisan lines about how to extend tax cuts and jobless aid
BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU

bgoad@pe.com

Published: 13 December 2011 08:28 PM

WASHINGTON — As the debate over extending a soon-to-expire payroll tax cut and benefits for the unemployed nears a crescendo in Congress, few corners of the nation have more at stake than does economically battered Inland Southern California.

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California schools, libraries, prisons and disabled services will all be affected — with more to come, Gov. Jerry Brown warns.

By Anthony York and Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles Times
December 14, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles — Gov. Jerry Brown announced nearly $1 billion in new state budget cuts, slashing spending on higher education and eliminating funding for free school-bus service but avoiding the deeper reductions to public schools that many had feared.

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LATimes: Deeper cuts to state budget expected

Lower-than-forecast revenue means automatic reductions will likely kick in. A shorter K-12 school year could result.

By Anthony York and Nicholas Riccardi
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Sluggish state revenue is likely to trigger a new round of spending cuts that could mean a shorter school year and millions of dollars slashed from public universities, child care programs and services for the disabled, the Legislative Analyst’s Office says.

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The Sun: San Bernardino flooded in welfare funds

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/23/2011 01:16:17 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — One staggering number tells the economic story of nearly half the city’s residents: $523,942,368.

More than half a billion dollars — that’s the amount of welfare assistance that is now pumped into the city annually, according to a report prepared by the county’s Legislation and Research Unit, Human Services Group.

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The PE: AUDIT: Inland Regional Center must repay $10 million

Inland Regional Center located on Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 21 October 2011 08:27 PM

SACRAMENTO — The nonprofit agency that serves developmentally disabled residents in Inland Southern California improperly spent almost $10 million and must repay the state, according to a highly critical audit released Friday that found continued widespread problems at the San Bernardino-based Inland Regional Center.

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The Sun: Derry pushes for continued fingerprinting of CalFresh applicants

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/13/2011 05:57:06 PM PDT

(The Associated Press)

A new state law ending a long-standing practice of fingerprinting food stamp applicants has drawn criticism from San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, who said he will push to continue the practice in the county.

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DailyBulletin: DCFS director resigns

Interim leader’s last day Sept. 16
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 08/02/2011 08:33:04 PM PDT

The county’s troubled Department of Children and Family Services will undergo yet another leadership change, after the resignation this week of acting director Jackie Contreras.

She is the agency’s third chief in eight months to step down; her last day is Sept. 16.

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Why the Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think

The National Debt Clock on 44th Street in New York just off Times Square on July 26. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

by Peter Coy
Friday, July 29, 2011

 

If Washington is deadlocked now, how will it deal with the much bigger debt problems that lurk in the decades to come?

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SacBee: Brown signs ‘Dream Act’ bill, vetoes new elderly care program

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The latest on California politics and government
July 25, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several dozen bills into law this afternoon, including a measure to allow college students who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for scholarships funded with private donations.

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DailyBulletin: Ranks of San Bernardino County welfare recipients grow dramatically

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/15/2011 06:18:04 PM PDT

This year, the number of people who receive some type of welfare in the city of San Bernardino, 96,380, is 140 percent larger than the entire population of Redlands, 68,747.

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LATimes: California Democrats pass budget with taxes, cuts and tricks

Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D- Gardena) is held back by Manuel Perez (D-Coachella), left; Jerry Hill (D- San Mateo); and Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park), as he exchanges words with Assemblyman Donald Wagner (R-Irvine) on Wednesday. (Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee / June 15, 2011)

By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Democratic lawmakers passed a rare on-time state budget Wednesday over Republican objections, but the plan — balanced with a blend of taxes, cuts and clever accounting — faces an uncertain fate at the hands of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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The Sun: In defense of Medicare

Area seniors don’t trust changes
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/04/2011 09:50:12 PM PDT

Hunkering under a $14 trillion debt ceiling, Congress and the Obama administration are negotiating possible changes to Medicare and other benefits programs as part of a deal to increase the government’s ability to borrow.

But local seniors want lawmakers to keep their paws off the federally-sponsored health insurance program for the elderly.

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The PE: Older residents’ numbers rise, put more demand on shrinking budgets

04:02 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

By JIM MILLER and BEN GOAD
The Press-Enterprise

The number of seniors in Inland Southern California increased by nearly a third during the past decade, putting added pressure on government programs and services for older residents.

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The PE: State seeks more changes at Inland center for developmentally disabled

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, May 26, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Inland Regional Center’s first attempt at getting off state-imposed probation has fallen short, with a recent state letter highlighting continued concerns about operations at the San Bernardino-based facility.

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DailyBulletin: County switches control

Supervisors to oversee 2 departments directly
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 05/17/2011 09:34:50 PM PDT

A month after one of his deputies sparked the anger of Los Angeles County supervisors by defying a direct order, the board voted Tuesday to seize authority over two troubled departments from county CEO Bill Fujioka.

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LATimes: Insolvency looms for federal entitlement programs, government warns

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, pictured Thursday leaving a Blair House meeting on the budget, announced that insolvency looms for government entitlements. (Evan Vucci, AP Photo)

By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
May 13, 2011, 11:19 a.m.

Caught in the sluggish recovery from the last recession, Social Security and Medicare face an increasingly dismal fiscal future, the federal government reported Friday in its annual review of the two mammoth entitlement programs.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors seek relief

L.A. County pays millions to homeless
Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 04/20/2011 09:06:26 PM PDT

Faced with the prospect of further budget cutbacks, two Los Angeles County supervisors who represent Inland Valley cities proposed a new plan this week to control the rapid growth of welfare payments to the poor.

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Dutton

 

From the Office of Senator Bob Dutton
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SACRAMENTO – An effort by Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to move California closer to making sure that those who receive welfare use those taxpayer funds as effectively and efficiently as possible was killed by Democrats during a hearing of the Senate Human Services Committee this week.

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DailyBulletin: Judge reduces ex-county worker’s bail by more than $1 million

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2011 07:12:43 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A judge on Monday lowered bail by more than $1 million for a former county welfare worker accused of stealing from needy families, despite a prosecutor’s concern she may be a flight risk.

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The billions of dollars in cuts to government services signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown address a portion of the estimated $26-billion deficit facing California. Brown is still negotiating with Republicans on a proposal to put tax extensions before voters.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento—

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in budget cuts Thursday that will mean fewer government services, particularly for the old, the poor and the sick.

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SacBee: Brown’s Countdown, Day 70: An all-cuts budget may surface

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 20, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Cutting universities, shifting prisoners to county jails and slashing funds for Medi-Cal patients is difficult.

But from a political perspective, those were among the easier moves.

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LATimes: Lawmakers OK billions in program cuts in California budget

The effort to reduce California’s budget shortfall of $26 billion had bipartisan support. Gov. Jerry Brown is still working to secure votes on more contentious parts of his plan.

By Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — State lawmakers Wednesday approved billions of dollars in cuts to welfare, medical programs for the poor and in-home care for the elderly and frail, among other services, moving forward key pieces of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget reduction package.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Haugen to head First 5

Haugan

 

10:00 PM PST on Saturday, March 12, 2011

Submitted to The Press-Enterprise

Linda Haugan, assistant executive officer of San Bernardino County Human Services, has been voted First 5 San Bernardino commission chair.

She began as a commissioner for First 5 San Bernardino in 2005.

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DailyBulletin: County seeks to lock in funding

Tracy Garcia, Staff Writer
Created: 03/07/2011 10:04:28 PM PST

In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shift certain state programs to local governments, Los Angeles County supervisors have voted to seek a state constitutional amendment to ensure a steady funding source for programs moved to local control.

Earlier this year, Brown proposed a series of “realignments” to cut costs, including making local governments responsible for state programs such as:

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