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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

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By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/11/14, 4:41 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA >> The city has reached an agreement with its managers and supervisors.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino County nurses protest at county supervisors meeting

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/14, 9:55 AM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Nurses for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other San Bernardino County facilities protested Tuesday outside the county Government Center, alleging static labor negotiations between the California Nurses Association and the county are jeopardizing patient safety.

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LATimes: Legislature passes three of top four bills backed by organized labor

Unions

By Marc Lifsher
September 7, 2014

Organized labor is having a good year at the Capitol.

The Democrat-dominated Legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills. And Gov. Jerry Brown has already indicated he’ll sign at least one of them.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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LATimes: County considers requiring supermajority vote to boost pay, benefits

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Los Angeles County’s five supervisors took a step Tuesday — over the objections of labor groups — toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts.

By Abby Sewell
August 12, 2014

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By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/12/14, 6:31 PM PDT |

The city reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Police Protective League over a portion of its new proposed contract that deals with the 1,000 officers hired over the past three years who were paid less than their counterparts.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino unions waste little time

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

Last week the San Bernardino, California City Council, on a split 4-3 vote, agreed to place a charter reform measure on the November ballot. A measure aimed directly at its public safety employees.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Only in backwards and bankrupt San Bernardino can this type of politics continue unabated.

Once again the city council, under new Mayor Carey Davis, is split down a 4-3 divide. A decades-long problem affecting the beleaguered city’s government.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Fire union can’t currently sue, bankruptcy judge says

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 8:44 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> The fire union didn’t get permission to sue in state court over alleged legal violations related to Fire Department cuts, but its attorneys can make those arguments in bankruptcy court, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury said Tuesday.

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SBPEA

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Ryan Carter, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 07/29/14, 7:38 PM PDT | Updated: 24 secs ago

Members of the county’s largest union say they are being threatened with expulsion for pushing for new representation.

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LATimes: Los Angeles police officers vote to reject proposed contract extension

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The Los Angeles police officers union has rejected a proposed one-year contract extension agreement reached with city negotiators and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Joel Rubin, David Zahniser
July 12, 2014

Signaling frustration over issues surrounding pay and discipline, Los Angeles police officers rejected a proposed one-year contract extension reached with Mayor Eric Garcetti and city negotiators.

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The Sun: San Bernardino bankruptcy case creeps forward

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 07/10/14, 7:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case crept forward Thursday with the setting of deadlines related to the city’s issues with the police and fire unions as officials work to piece together a plan that will take it out of bankruptcy.

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SacBee: Union tells elected officials to shun hospital chain

Prime Healthcare Services

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 – 4:58 pm

California’s dominant healthcare union has taken the “extraordinary” step of requesting that elected officials refrain from accepting political contributions from an Ontario-based hospital chain and its chief executive.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: A mushroom bill on home care workers may backfire

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am

At any given moment, dozens of comatose bills float around the Legislature – vessels to be filled with whatever the powers-that-be want to enact quickly and semi-clandestinely.

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AP: Court: Public Union Can’t Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

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WASHINGTON — Jun 30, 2014, 10:08 AM ET
By SAM HANANEL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 10:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 – 7:39 am

The U.S. Supreme Court chipped away at government-employee union power on Monday by ruling that Illinois home-support workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

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InlandPolitiics: Supreme Court fires warning shot at labor unions

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Monday, June 30, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The United States Supreme Court has fired a shot across the bow of labor unions, who collect mandatory dues under agency shop agreements.

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The Sun: Fire union accuses San Bernardino of ‘hiding’ money

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/28/14, 11:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The fire union continues to accuse the city of keeping $75 million “hidden in misleading or unmarked investment accounts” despite city officials’ position that the money was openly posted and legally can’t be used to prevent cuts to public services like the Fire Department.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County bargaining unit rejects contract offer

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 – 07:00 p.m.

A holdout San Bernardino County bargaining unit, represented by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), rejected a contract offer for the third time on Wednesday evening, according to the union’s website.

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SacBee: Delta tunnels, conservancy in spotlight as Senate bond proposal falters

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 – 9:02 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 7:53 am

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County gets last laugh in union deal

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Monday, June 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County government for pulling off a masterful victory over its largest union last week.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County union ballot count questioned

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Five of six bargaining units of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association ratified a new contract with the county on Thursday following a ballot count met with criticism from opponents of the contract.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 06/19/14, 8:09 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino and police union officials think they’re within a month of an agreement, but the city is so far from progress with the firefighters union that a U.S. bankruptcy judge released that union from mediation Thursday.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS gets $5 billion increase over seven years

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By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Full funding of the troubled California State Teachers Retirement System was approved by the Legislature last weekend, with most of the additional $5 billion coming from school districts that get no offsetting money from the state.

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SFChronicle: Politicians don’t make a peep on teacher tenure ruling

Zip It

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 2:01 pm, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rarely has a major court decision been met with such stony silence by California politicians as the ruling declaring that the state’s teacher tenure laws hurt poor and minority-heavy schools and are unconstitutional.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/14, 6:59 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A Superior Court judge on Thursday granted a restraining order against Service Employees International Union Local 721 on behalf of the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Judge ramps up pressure for school reform with ruling

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 10:40 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 – 8:13 am

A sociopolitical bomb exploded in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday when a judge declared that five key job protection laws for teachers are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of 6 million public school students to receive effective educations.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU moves to decertify San Bernardino County union

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has commenced the process to decertify the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), as the designated union to represent several San Bernardino County employee bargaining units.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Union money gets mixed results in elections

Mike Hestrin

Union officials said successful support of Mike Hestrin for D.A. was about improving the office.

Published: June 6, 2014 Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Union-backed candidates and ballot measures don’t win every time in Riverside County, but this week’s district attorney race was a lesson in what drives unions to a candidate, and candidates to unions.

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

InlandPolitics: County union faces decertification

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 04:00 p.m.

It was only a matter of time.

San Bernardino County’s largest union, the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA), now faces a serious decertification effort from the Service Employees International Union, an AFL-CIO member.

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The PE: LABOR: Grocery union and chains reach contract deal

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Grocery union leaders reach a tentative contract deal with Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons. Members will be asked to ratify it next week.

Published: May 21, 2014 – Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Southern California’s three largest supermarket chains and the union that represents their store workers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, bringing several months of often-intense negotiations to what will likely be a successful conclusion.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino County employees turn down contract proposal

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San Bernardino County employees oversee the counting of ballots by the San Bernardino County Public Employees Association on Monday.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/20/14, 7:05 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County workers, unhappy with a new contract proposal, expressed concern and hope at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. The concern: That the county’s fiscal health is coming at their expense. The hope: Fair wages, and a better contract.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County employees at odds during ballot counting

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/14, 9:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Some members outside of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association office Monday night were visibly angry and frustrated with the lack of representation they say they’ve been receiving.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Settlement gives union $16M in raises

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The pay hikes for Service Employees International Union members are in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars guaranteed to the county’s 18,000 employees in the coming years.

Published: May 17, 2014 Updated: 7:38 p.m.

Members of a Riverside County public employee union will get $16 million in raises and other benefits over two years to settle grievances the union brought over its 2012 contract.

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

InlandPolitics: State Bar closes investigation into former Upland firm

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Friday, May 16, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The State Bar of California has closed an investigation into several lawyers of former Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County public employees pushing to switch unions

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/14/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

Dissatisfied with their leadership and a proposed new contract with the county, members of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association are pushing other members to vote “no” on the contract and “yes” to new representation by another union.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 02: 15 p.m.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has mounted a full-court press in an effort to takeover San Bernardino County’s largest labor union.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/08/14, 10:14 PM PDT |

An independent committee, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union, is spending half of a million dollars in support of Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s bid for Fourth District County Supervisor.

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The Sun: Charter committee recommends repealing Section 186

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/06/14, 11:28 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The citizen charter review committee voted 7-2 Tuesday night to recommend that the City Council ask voters to repeal Section 186 and instead set salaries for police and firefighters by collective bargaining.

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/14, 6:50 PM PDT |

COLTON >> More than 400 registered nurses picketed Thursday in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

“The primary issues are patient care and nursing safety,” said Jed Smith, a labor representative with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

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LATimes: Deputies union ordered to pay L.A. Times in failed censorship suit

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Corina Knoll
April 30, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

Months after it unsuccessfully sought to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information gleaned from officers’ personnel files, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has been ordered to pay the newspaper more than $41,000 in legal fees.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Law enforcement unions demand DA’s resignation

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District Attorney Paul Zellerbach (Paul Alvarez/The Press-Enterprise)

April 28, 2014; 05:03 PM

Several law enforcement unions on Monday called for Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach to resign from office in the wake of allegations that he illegally tampered with opponent Mike Hestrin’s campaign signs in Indio last week.

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

InlandPolitics: Public Attorneys union drops demand for legal fees from candidate

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Friday, April 18, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

In a surprise turn of events, the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors, public defenders and child support lawyers has decided not to pursue legal fees from the only candidate challenging incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Senate hopefuls spar over Malaysian jetliner reference

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March 24, 2014; 12:23 PM

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was still missing as of early last week. But it somehow found its way into the 28th Senate District race.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

InlandPolitics: Politics: DA race causing stir inside union’s membership

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The barbs are still flying inside the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA), this weekend.

The union, which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys, has itself in the midst of an internal squabble, due to the apparently unpopular actions of its executive board and president, John Thomas.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Donations to DA candidate’s campaign criticized

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San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt, who is running for DA, accepted contributions from associates of Jeff Burum, a defendant in a corruption case.

March 20, 2014; 03:59 PM

A candidate for San Bernardino County District Attorney accepted campaign contributions from family and associates of a defendant at the center of a high-profile criminal corruption case, according to finance reports.

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

InlandPolitics: Interesting backstory on District Attorney campaigns

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, pictured second from left. San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association President John Thomas at far right.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

A picture speaks a thousand words.

We’ve been covering the dust-up over the ballot statement of San Bernardino County District Attorney candidate Grover Merritt.

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Legal

Monday, March 17, 2014 – 09:00 p.m.

In the first major round of mudslinging in the San Bernadino County District Attorneys election, a new revelation has surfaced.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Police challenge charter reform commission legality

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/12/14, 6:28 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Plans for a charter review committee are moving forward despite a letter from the police union challenging the legality of the process.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 – 6:18 pm

When Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California’s public employees collective bargaining rights during his first governorship, he – wittingly or otherwise – began a major political shift.

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Alice Walton | March 10th, 2014, 3:25pm

Speaking to KPCC Monday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will run for re-election in 2017, but would not commit to serving out a second term if another office beckoned.

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The PE: LABOR: Stater Bros., UFCW talks progressing

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March 06, 2014; 03:27 PM

Amidst a recent history of contentious contract negotiations between three national supermarket chains and the union that represents store workers, the talks involving Stater Bros. are usually less tense and show results faster.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/20/14, 8:13 PM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Realizing they both have a lot to lose if public employee retirement costs continue spiraling out of control, Los Angeles County and its labor unions have agreed to what they called “sweeping reforms” that could save as much as $840 million over the next 30 years.

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Photo: CalPERS board

The Governing Board of the California Public Employees Retirement System. (Calpers)

Article by: FENIT NIRAPPIL , Associated Press
Updated: February 16, 2014 – 10:50 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rift between Gov. Jerry Brown and the board overseeing the nation’s largest public pension fund over rising liabilities tied to longer retiree life expectancies highlights a concern about how decisions are made at an agency with tremendous influence over state finances.

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Posted by MIKE REICHER
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Updated: Feb. 16, 2014 1:17 p.m.

Most agree that taxpayers should pay police well for risking their lives in the line of duty.

But should they be paid for the time they spend strapping on their gun belt and bulletproof vest? Or tying their boot laces? What if the department insists they dress in the stationhouse, instead of at home?

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InlandPolitics: Lawyers from former Upland law firm haven’t went away

Legal

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – 12:00 p.m.

Attorneys from a now-dissolved Upland-based law firm haven’t went away by any stretch of the imagination…..

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SacBee: Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought

Drought Watch

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am

California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may become the worst drought in state history.

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SacBee: Public pension measure likely off the 2014 ballot

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Kamala Harris

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 – 2:18 pm

Efforts to put a public pension measure on the November ballot dimmed Thursday when proponents said they would sue to challenge the language assigned their measure by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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VoiceofOC: The Story Behind Orange County’s Hard Line Against Deputy Sheriffs

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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 8:41 pm | Updated: 8:35 am, Wed Jan 29, 2014.
By NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

What a difference a county line makes.

In San Diego, a majority Republican Board of Supervisors is handing out big salary raises to sheriff’s deputies. Meanwhile, Orange County’s all-Republican Board of Supervisors is not only holding the line on salaries but demanding that deputies pay significantly more toward their pensions.

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SacBee: California’s union membership dips to 16.4 percent of workers

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2014

Union membership declined in California last year, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says in a new report.

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Theodore Olsen, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.

By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post
Posted: 01/22/14, 8:06 AM PST |

The Supreme Court on Monday debated what one liberal justice said would be a “radical” restructuring of organized labor by prohibiting states from requiring public employees to pay fees to the unions that represent them.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Perhaps Brown’s tax hike wasn’t needed after all

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2014-15 budget this month – one based on estimates of sharply increased state revenues – a reporter asked him whether, in retrospect, California needed the tax increase he had persuaded voters to approve in 2012.

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CCTimes: Daniel Borenstein: Time for CalPERS to get real about life expectancy

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Daniel Borenstein

Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 01/17/2014 01:43:25 PM PST
Updated: 01/17/2014 02:51:52 PM PST

State and local governments face more pension rate increases as the nation’s largest retirement fund continues to fix its flawed accounting, this time by acknowledging that future generations will live longer.

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SacBee: Don’t look for raises in Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal

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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 – 1:01 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 – 1:26 pm

Although millions of dollars in state employee pay raises ride on estimates of government revenue in 2014-15, Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Friday won’t give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on across-the-board compensation hikes.

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InlandPolitics: Former S.B. County union leader a little disgusted?

Bret Henry Plaque

Monday, January 6, 2013 – 11:45 a.m.

The Former President of the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters seems alittle unhappy with the union he headed-up for twelve years.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Powerful factions go to war over direction of California schools

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 – 12:00 am

The powerful political forces that have been skirmishing for years over the direction of California’s public schools appear to be headed for a multi-front political and legal war next year.

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SacBee: Public opinion turns against labor unions in California

Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 – 12:00 am

Public support for labor unions has plunged in California, with more voters for the first time saying they do more harm than good, according to a new Field Poll.

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DailyBulletin: LA Sheriff’s corruption probe: Union leader fires back at charges

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, left, with Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, right, comment on the five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriffís deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nationís largest jail system, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
and Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/10/13, 8:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

The union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a “vendetta” against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council OKs contract with SEIU workers

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The Riverside City Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 3, on a new contract with workers represented by the Service Employees International Union

December 03, 2013; 09:12 PM

Riverside officials got one new contract with city workers squared away Tuesday, Dec. 3, but negotiations are far from over — and may get tougher.

The City Council approved a contract with about 800 employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, the first group to the bargaining table this year. The three-year pact will cost the city $2.1 million and gives all SEIU members raises of 1 percent.

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

InlandPolitics: Drama surrounding Upland law firm escalates

Legal

Sunday, November 24, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

The drama surrounding the, now-closed, Upland-based law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir doesn’t seem to be abating in any way.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County union wins legal battle over forced pension contributions

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Sunday, November 17, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

A San Bernardino County employee union has won another legal battle with San Bernardino County.

This time it’s over forced retirement system contributions.

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DailyBulletin: Dissolved Upland law firm target of new allegations

Lackie Dammeier

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/14/13, 7:40 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

An Upland law firm accused of double and triple-billing police union clients across Southern California and bullying two Costa Mesa councilmen now stands accused of planting a GPS tracking device on one of those councilmen’s cars.

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LATimes: Law firm accused of planting GPS device on Costa Mesa official’s car

GPS Tracker

GPS accusation adds to a lawsuit filed against Upland law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir over an alleged incident involving Costa Mesa’s mayor.

By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
November 13, 2013, 9:35 p.m.

An Upland law firm accused of bullying civic leaders faced new accusations Wednesday of planting a GPS device on the car of a Costa Mesa official as a way to intimidate him.

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The Sun: San Bernardino police union withdraws Anthony Jones endorsement

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/12/13, 9:16 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The police union has withdrawn its endorsement of Anthony Jones in his run-off campaign for City Council after it received music videos in which Jones raps lyrics that that they say glorify crime and violence and denigrate women.

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InlandPolitics: Playing Favorites with the Clones in San Bernardino

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By William Cutting
Saturday, October 26, 2031 – 04:45 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com posted some photos of campaign literature hitting the mailboxes in San Bernardino by the San Bernardino Police Officers Association (POA).

In one mailer, an image depicts Councilman Fred Shorett as a “clone” of Mayor Pat Morris with a parody from the Austin Powers movie franchise.

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Shorett+Morris Hit Piece

Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 12:45 P.M.

The upcoming San Bernardino City Council election has finally heated up.

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InlandPolitics: Many 3-2 votes in San Bernardino’s future

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 08:55 a.m.

The San Bernardino City Council has a tough few months ahead of it.

Battles over gutting the fire and police unions by way of outsourcing is at the forefront.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/22/13, 5:09 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A third attempt to get proposals to run fire protection services for the city will come at the next City Council meeting — theoretically without an absent council member to block its passage.

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The Sun: Move to outsource fire services on San Bernardino council agenda

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/20/13, 10:05 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A controversial move toward potentially outsourcing the city’s fire protection services that previously failed by one vote will be reconsidered today, when the City Council has its first meeting since the resignation of opponent Chas Kelley.

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InlandPolitics: Financial improprieties rumored at San Bernardino County union

SBPEA

Sunday, October, 20, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

There could be more to come regarding the abrupt departure of the General Manager to the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA).

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: Mayor moves to eliminate police, fire departments

San Bernardino Seal

Friday, October 18, 2013 – 01:00 p.m.

The San Bernardino City Council Agenda now has an interesting item listed for Monday, October 21, 2013.

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Legal

Thursday, October 17, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

The Legal Defense Fund (LDF) of the Peace Officer’s Research Association of California (PORAC), says it has filed multiple complaints against the Upland-based law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill and Ethir.

The action comes after LDF trustee’s allege the law firm, a former member of the trust’s defense panel, engaged in overbilling practices.

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