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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart as he discusses his revised 2013-14 state budget plan at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, May 13, 2013. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

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By David Siders and Jim Miller –
dsiders@sacbee.com

12/19/2014 4:08 PM | Updated: 12/19/2014 4:16 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal is just around the corner, and it’s the event every lawmaker, lobbyist and chief financial officer in your life will be talking about over the holidays.

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SacBee: California saw ‘striking’ job gains in November

Jobs

State added more than 90,000 jobs in one month
By Hudson Sangree –
hsangree@sacbee.com
12/19/2014 10:00 AM | Updated: 12/19/2014 8:58 PM

Recovering from the Great Recession has been slow and uncertain for many Californians, especially in the Central Valley. But a state labor report released Friday provided evidence that the Sacramento region is now adding higher-paying jobs.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court

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Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) watches a vote count on Aug. 21 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 18, 2014

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills.

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UTSanDiego: Sen. Hueso gets probation in DUI case

San Diego lawmaker also ordered to complete alcohol education program
By Chris Nichols
Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated2:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ben Hueso was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to complete an alcohol education program stemming from his August arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol near the Capitol.

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waterdrop

By Joseph Serna
December 18, 2014

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly will not run for state Senate

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press) |

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Tuesday that he will not run for the soon-to-be available seat in the state 21st Senate District.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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By Chris Megerian
December 16, 2014

Despite efforts to tackle pension costs, state leaders have not set aside money for retiree healthcare

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LATimes: Brulte, Dhillon to seek reelection as state GOP leaders

Jim Brulte

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, right, receives congratulations after his election as California Republican Party chairman during the CRP convention in Sacramento in 2013.

By Seema Mehta
December 15, 2104

California GOP chairman Jim Brulte, widely credited with reviving the state Republican party’s fortunes, announced Monday that he would seek reelection to the post.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

BY MARTIN WISCKOL
COLUMNIST
STAFF COLUMNIST
Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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SacBee: Opinion: Arizona Republicans’ lawsuit could help California Democrats

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
December 15, 2014

CalPERS is encouraging government employers to make extra payments to reduce their pension debt or “unfunded liability” if budgets allow, saying millions can be saved in the long run.

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SacBee: Opinion: Pension cost avoidance creates gaps

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/14/2014 12:01 AM

California’s perpetual political debate over public employee pensions usually focuses on the benefits themselves – whether they are fair compensation for those doing the public’s work or, conversely, too generous.

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VVDailyPress: County’s lack of judges top in state

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Report: 57 more judges needed locally to deal with workload

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Dec. 12, 2014 @ 8:37 pm
Updated Dec 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The San Bernardino County court system currently maintains 86 judges, but the county’s caseloads justify it having 143, according to the 2014 Judicial Workload Assessment presented this week in San Francisco to the state Judicial Council.

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SacBee: De León eliminates government oversight office

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By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
12/12/2014 11:26 PM

California Senate leader Kevin de León has eliminated a legislative staff unit that focused on government oversight, a creation of his predecessor, former Sen. Darrell Steinberg.

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CCTimes: Conservatives blast Kevin McCarthy for CRomnibus

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy

By Josh Richman
Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:57 am

A conservative super PAC is trashing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, for helping pass the $1.1 trillion “CRomnibus” spending bill, which some say doesn’t do enough to roll back President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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SFChronicle: 2016 election poised for initiative avalanche

Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Updated 5:07 pm, Thursday, December 11, 2014

If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was sued this week by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation over disclosure of the group’s donors. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

By Melanie Mason
December 11, 2014

A nonprofit charitable group backed by conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch has sued Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris for seeking the names and addresses of the group’s donors.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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DMV Illegal License Format

By Patrick McGreevy
December 11, 2014

Just weeks before California begins to issue driver’s licenses to people in the country illegally, the Department of Motor Vehicles has opened four new offices and hired more than 900 additional staffers to help handle the expected flood of applicants.

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CCTimes: House members urge AG to nix hospital sale

Prime Healthcare

By Josh Richman
Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren led 16 other California House members Thursday in urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject the sale of six Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to a for-profit company they say has a history of unfair business practices.

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SacBee: California’s slow population growth likely to continue

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/10/2014 11:36 AM

California’s once-soaring population growth slowed markedly during the last two decades, barely keeping pace with the nation as a whole since 2000, and a new Census Bureau report indicates that the state’s growth will continue that pattern for the next half-century due largely to slowing birth and immigration rates.

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SacBee: Opinion: Boxer’s seat sparks lists of wannabes

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/09/2014 8:15 PM

Santa Claus isn’t the only one making lists of who’s been naughty and nice this month.

Political junkies and pundits in California and Washington are drawing up lists of who might be nice – or at least voter-attractive – enough to become the state’s next U.S. senator two years hence.

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Paul Chabot

Republican candidate Paul Chabot speaks with a supporter on the phone as he waits for election returns to come in Tuesday evening November 4, 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Chabot lost to Pete Aguilar. (Will Lester — Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/08/14, 8:23 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

On Nov. 6, Republican Paul Chabot lost his bid for the 31st Congressional District, ending up 3,460 votes behind Democrat Pete Aguilar, out of nearly 100,000 votes cast. But it didn’t have to be that way, Chabot writes in a report posted Monday afternoon on his website: Financial support from the national Republican Party could have made all the difference.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/08/2014 7:13 PM

The state licenses and regulates dozens of professions and occupations – doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, just to name some.

Lawyers are conspicuously absent from that list.

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Money

By MARTIN WISCKOL
STAFF COLUMNIST
mwisckol@ocregister.com
Published: Dec. 7, 2014 Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Studies show that wealthy special interests have limited success supporting ballot measures that would benefit them economically – but they do a lot better when it comes to defeating ballot measures that could hurt their pocketbook.

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LATimes: Accusations fly as State Bar of California leader Joe Dunn fights ouster

Joe Dunn

The board of the State Bar of California last month fired its executive director, Joe Dunn, shown here at a 2004 hearing. (Robert Lachman)

By Maura Dolan
December 6, 2014

The agency that regulates California’s lawyers is once again beset with conflict, riddled by accusations involving expense accounts and ethics.

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LATimes: Judge upholds ethics agency’s subpoenas in probe of backers of Sen. Nguyen

Janet Nguyen disputes grand jury report

The state ethics agency is investigating whether some supporters of Sen. Janet Nguyen’s 2012 campaign for Orange County Supervisor were improperly reimbursed by others for their contributions. (Marc Martin / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 5, 2014

A Superior Court judge on Friday ruled that the state’s ethics agency could subpoena financial records as part of an investigation into possible political money laundering involving 11 supporters of newly elected state Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

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SacBee: California’s tax battle looms in ’16

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/05/2014 10:12 PM

When Democrats lost their legislative supermajorities last month, it doomed even the very faint chance that legislators would enact the hefty tax increases liberal groups yearn to impose.

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SFChronicle: UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 3:39 pm, Friday, December 5, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold his measure with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems. Sacramento increased state funding for the University of California and California State University by 5 percent annually for two years, then 4 percent annually for the next two years. Budget documents heralded a four-year deal that would keep tuition flat.

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CFIR: Few rules mean hefty payouts for some California public employees

California Money

By Joanna Lin / December 4, 2014

California taxpayers spend about $40 billion a year to pay their fire chiefs, mayors, tree trimmers and thousands of other city and county employees. Some – including harbor pilots in Los Angeles – make more than $300,000 a year. Others receive as little as $190, the payout for one planning commissioner in tiny Alpine County.

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SacBee: A long string of blunders for Kevin de León

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/04/2014 11:00 PM

Kevin de León, president pro tem of the state Senate for just a few weeks, has already run up a remarkable string of political missteps and gaffes.

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SacBee: Multimillion dollar California Senate shortfall behind layoffs

Kevin de Leon+Jerry Brown

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, left, seen with Gov. Jerry Brown, found out he had to cut the Senate’s budget. The California Senate faced an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week. (Steve Yeater The Associated Press)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
12/03/2014 10:14 p.m.

//The California Senate faces an estimated budget shortfall of $3 million to $4 million through June, a top Senate official said this week, offering the first detailed explanation of the fiscal problems behind last month’s layoffs of 39 Senate employees.

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By Maura Dolan
December 3, 2014

A state appeals court decided unanimously Wednesday that California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested for felonies — though not necessarily convicted or even charged — violates the state constitution.

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The PE: STATE FUNDING: Roth introduces bill to help new cities

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 Updated: 11:20 p.m.

The California legislature’s 2013-2014 session ended Nov. 30 and, with it, any hope of an override of Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fee revenue to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Covered California

By Chad Terhune
December 2, 2014

Nearly four in 10 Californians say the state’s health exchange isn’t working well as the second open enrollment gets underway, a new survey shows.

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SacBizJournal: State Republicans take another jab at cap-and-trade

Allen Young, Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 1, 2014 – 12:35pm PST

Stressing the hit to small businesses and motorists in rural areas, Republicans from both houses of the state Legislature lined up another offense against California’s cap-and-trade program Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/01/2014 5:37 PM

The Legislature returned to Sacramento on Monday – or, as a dystopian might say, to the scene of its previous crimes.

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I Voted

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
12/01/2014 11:09 PM

All the pieces were in place before last month’s general election to set a new low for voter turnout in California, from scant competition in top statewide races to the shortage of titillating ballot propositions.

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Calpensions: Vallejo first to test no pension cut in bankruptcy

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 1, 2014

What happens when a bankrupt city does not cut its largest debt, pensions, is getting its first test in Vallejo, which has higher average pensions and higher CalPERS rates than the two larger cities still in bankruptcy, Stockton and San Bernardino.

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The PE: JEFF STONE: From City Council to state Senate

Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone, second from right, gets a hug from John Benoit while flanked by Kevin Jeffries, left, and Marion Ashley at Stone’s last Board of Supervisors meeting. (STAN LIM, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Published: Nov. 29, 2014 Updated: Nov. 30, 2014 12:53 p.m.

Jeff Stone likes to think of his political career as an exercise in anger management.

“I never got into this because I was looking for another job,” said the 58-year-old pharmacist. “I got into this because (I was) being angry that things weren’t being done in the city and then being angry that things weren’t being done right in the county and then being angry that things aren’t being done right in the state.”

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

Anthony Adams

Mendocino County deputy public defender Anthony Adams is a former member of the state Assembly. (Jim Miller jmiller@sacbee.com)

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/29/2014 9:30 PM

Four years ago this month, then-Assemblyman Anthony Adams had cleared out his Capitol office following two terms in the Legislature defined by a middle-of-the-night tax vote.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/30/2014 12:01 AM

Jerry Brown occasionally suggests that a bullet-train system and twin water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were born during his first governorship.

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Mike Ramos

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos has formally established his campaign commitee and website for California Attorney General in 2018.

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SacBee: Top-15 donors to California fall campaigns

Money

jmiller@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 5:13 PM

Tens of millions of state campaign dollars changed hands in the run-up to California’s Nov. 4 election, with a select group of donors generating many of the contributions, based on a tally of late contribution filings with the secretary of state’s office.

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By Josh Richman jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 11/28/2014 04:19:17 PM PST
Updated: 11/28/2014 04:22:54 PM PST

California’s public officials would have to reveal more about how rich they are and the businesses they’re involved in, under a state Assembly bill to be introduced Monday when the Legislature returns for its traditional one-day December session.

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 2:23 PM

California government is missing out on collecting billions of dollars in fines, victim restitution and other court-ordered debts, with current law offering conflicting fiscal incentives for the mix of agencies charged with getting the money, according to a recent report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal experts.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: How the candidates won (and lost)

Election Results

November 26th, 2014, 4:48 pm

The Nov. 4 election is officially certified in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, which means it’s time to see where the winning and losing candidates got their votes.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Los Angeles Skyline

A tough battle is expected over an attempt to change how the state’s 36-year-old landmark property tax initiative, Proposition 13, treats commercial property, said Rex Hime, president of the California Business Properties Assn. (Scott Harrison)

By Marc Lifsher
November 27, 2014

Picking a new president might not be the only crucial issue before California voters at the polls in two years’ time.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/28/2014 12:01 AM

Going into the Nov. 4 election, Republicans appeared to have an excellent chance of recouping several congressional seats they’d lost in 2012, and their optimism was bolstered on election night.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown and CalPERS on course for another pension-law collision

Pension Reform

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/26/2014 8:16 PM

Don’t be surprised next year if Gov. Jerry Brown re-enters the political boxing ring for another around with CalPERS over what kinds of pay can count toward a government retiree’s pension calculations. And don’t be surprised if he loses again.

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LATimes: Cal State funding talks include scenario of turning away freshmen

California State University

By Carla Rivera
November 25, 2014

The University of California’s decision to raise tuition generated much controversy.

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SacBee: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/25/2014 9:31 PM

The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money.

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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout in San Bernardino County cause for concern

Voter Apathy

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 11/24/14, 1:43 PM PST |

For about four decades political analysts have seen declining local and national voter turnout at the polls, further supported by certified numbers expected Tuesday showing possibly the lowest voter turnout in San Bernardino County history for a general election.

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By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 5:22 pm
Updated Nov 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

VICTORVILLE — Businessman Sal Chavez, chief financial officer and project control coordinator of SC Engineering, a family-owned business in Apple Valley, announced his candidacy for the soon-to-be-vacant 21st State Senate District seat on Monday.

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calpers

By Michael B. Marois
Nov 24, 2014 – 10:49 AM PT

The $300 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension, paid $9 million in bonuses last fiscal year, up 14 percent from a year earlier as earnings exceeded benchmarks.

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Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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Calpensions: CalPERS retirees outnumber active workers soon

calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 24, 2014

In a few years CalPERS retirees are expected to outnumber active workers, a national trend among public pension funds that makes them more vulnerable to big employer rate increases.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/22/2014 9:02 PM

As he sought re-election to his fourth and last term as governor this year, Jerry Brown crowed about a “California comeback” after weathering the worst recession since the Great Depression.

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SFChronicle: Tuition hikes at the University of Compensation

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 4:04 pm, Friday, November 21, 2014

UC Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was “apoplectic” at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. “In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid,” said Blum, “I’d have nothing but empty desks.” And: “You’ve got to get real about this stuff.”

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SacBee: Pay for CalPERS board members varies widely

calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
11/22/2014 10:40 PM

Over the years, longtime CalPERS board member Priya Mathur has drawn widely varying amounts for her service. One year she received $18,500. Last year, it was $118,900.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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unemployment

By Tiffany Hsu
November 21, 2104

The California unemployment rate held steady at 7.3% in October, even as the state generated the largest increase in jobs in the nation.

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UTSanDiego: CalPERS wins yet another hollow victory

Pat Morris

Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) Former San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris ponders a question Wednesday, July 11, 2012, regarding the city council vote authorizing a bankruptcy filing outside San Bernardino City Hall in San Bernardino, Calif. (AP Photo/The San Bernardino Sun, Rick Sforza) — AP

Bankrupt San Bernardino rolls over, but pension problems persist
By Steven Greenhut
Nov. 21, 2014

SACRAMENTO — The recent announcement that the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has agreed to fully pay its pension debt to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System has public-employee unions cheering. But pension reformers, though demoralized, believe the CalPERS victory is a hollow one.

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SacBee: Opinion: Brown tries to hold line on spending

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/20/2014 8:27 PM

The election is over, the Legislature will soon reconvene and interest groups are starting to beat their drums – signals that the Capitol will soon begin its annual spasm of Darwinian combat known as the state budget.

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$3.3 Billion

That’s how much customers must pay for nuclear power plant’s closure.

BY AARON ORLOWSKI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 11:24 p.m.

Electricity customers will pay $3.3 billion for the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, according to a settlement approved Thursday.

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University of California

Tuition going up at University of California

By Larry Gordon
November 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

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CapitolWeekly: CCPOA’s clout high, but profile low

CCPOA

by SCOTT SORIANO
Posted 11.19.2014

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once one of the most visible – and powerful – political forces in Sacramento. It thrived with the state’s vast prison expansion and it muscled concessions from Democratic and Republican governors alike.

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Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Nov 19, 2014 – 2:16pm PST Updated: Nov 19, 2014 – 3:06pm PST

Incoming tax dollars are predicted to climb about $2 billion above estimates in this year’s state budget, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday. But lawmakers could not spend the windfall on anything but public education, due to funding formulas guaranteed under state law.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
November 20, 2014

A former Stockton city manager, Bob Deis, regarded as the architect of the Stockton plan to exit bankruptcy, is part of a consulting team hired by bankrupt San Bernardino this week to develop an exit plan.

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SacBee: UC regents move tuition increase plan forward

University of California

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/19/2014 11:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California regents moved forward with a controversial plan Wednesday to raise tuition if the state does not give the system more money, with the proposal expected to be finalized Thursday.

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SacBee: Opinion: Big pension gap won’t vanish soon

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 10:15 PM

State Controller John Chiang performed an admirable public service by publishing a detailed report on the finances of California’s public employee pension systems.

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San Bernardino Sign

The city’s lawyers suggested San Bernardino wasn’t eager to pick a fight with the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 11:08 PM

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt.

The cities in a position to cut pensions, however, have shown no interest in doing so.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown lets state Supreme Court vacancy linger

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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OCRegister: O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

Campaigns

Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. We’re less Republican than we used to be.

BY MARTIN WISCKOL AND KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Nov. 17, 2014 Updated: Nov. 18, 2014 6:55 a.m.

Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote.

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SacBee: California tax revenue beating estimates

Tax Reform

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/17/2014 1:19 PM

Tax revenue to California’s general fund is running more than $1 billion above estimates since the July 1 start of the fiscal year, the state said Monday, as Gov. Jerry Brown prepares for another round of budget talks next year.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown to campaign donors: Keep on giving

Money

By Michael Finnegan
November 16, 2014

Less than two weeks after winning a fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to collect more money for his reelection committee Monday at a Sacramento reception with lobbyists and their clients.

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DailyBulletin: ACLU: Southern California cops are putting spy tools in place quietly

Garden Surveillance Camera Command Center

Gardena police assistant Christian Ovando and Gardena police Officer Ed Medrano work inside the Gardena Police Department surveillance camera system command center. (Stephen Carr — staff photographer)

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 11/15/14, 10:39 PM PST | Updated: 24 secs ago

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and the state now track everyday Americans with little public oversight using surveillance equipment straight out of a spy thriller, according to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

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Magnifying Glass

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
11/15/2014 10:00 PM

When Sen. Ricardo Lara ran for a Los Angeles-area seat in the Legislature in 2010, he turned to a veteran Sacramento campaign consultant to help him get elected: Richie Ross, who has decades of experience running campaigns for Democrats across California.

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DailyBulletin: Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres learning the ropes in Washington

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 11/14/14, 9:29 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Democrats Pete Aguilar and Norma Torres, the Inland Empire’s newly elected congressional members, will spend the next few days learning the ins and outs of Washington during the new member orientation.

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Ken Calvert

Ken Calvert

November 14th, 201 – 9:25 am

Rep. Ken Calvert is headed back to Washington. And once again, he’s doing it as head of California’s Republican congressional delegation.

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By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
11/14/2014 9:52 PM

The state’s political ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the California Republican Party violated campaign finance rules in the Central Valley’s 21st Assembly District.

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