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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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 28, 2015. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
June 16, 2015
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com

  • Brown says he wasn’t asked about keeping tax pledge in fourth term
  • He was asked, but ducked the question

Gov. Jerry Brown, asked Tuesday if he would now be willing to sign tax increases without voter approval, said that is an “open question.”

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LA County Seal

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/16/15 – 9:55 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County of Board Supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose a measure proposed in the state Legislature that would expand the number of supervisors on the board from five to seven.

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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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Politico: Seven Reasons the GOP Should Fear Donald Trump

Donald Trump

He’s a nuisance, a hothead and totally unqualified. But that’s what they said about Ross Perot.

Politico

By Matt Latimer
June 16, 2015

Donald Trump, you’ve already performed one campaign miracle. You’ve cheered me up.

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InlandPolitics: Trump entry shakes up GOP Presidential Field

GOP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday it was Jeb Bush.

Today it’s Donald Trump that’s entered the GOP primary contest to determine who will challenge Hillary Clinton.

Interestingly, everyone is talking about Trump, not Bush, this morning.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Department heads seek additional funding during budget workshop, saying money is desperately needed.

Published: June 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Even though Riverside County’s revenues are projected to grow, it’s not enough to pay for major new spending obligations.

For years, many county departments have absorbed higher labor costs with no additional funds from the county budget. The district attorney and animal services chief said their departments are at the breaking point.

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

California Capitol

Capitol Alert
By David Siders and Jeremy B. White
dsiders@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Vote meets deadline, ensuring lawmakers continue to be paid
  • Spending plan comes despite ongoing negotiations with governor
  • Republican lawmaker: ‘It’s the legislative paycheck protection act’

The budget California state lawmakers passed Monday did not reflect a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown and, for that reason, has almost no hope of being enacted.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. is joined by, from left to right, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, as they head to a press conference at the state Capitol. | Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Budget passage meets constitutional deadline
  • Actions set stage for negotiations with Gov. Brown
  • Legislature’s leaders can blame governor for blocking their programs

Some years ago, a state senator publicly accused a colleague of uttering “mindless blather.”

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
June 15, 2015

Citing an affordable housing crisis of “epic proportions,” the California Supreme Court made it easier Monday for cities and counties to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates.

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Transportation
By Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
dwalsh@sacbee.com
June 15, 2015

  • Evidence in a Sacramento court case suggests officers are encouraged to increase traffic stops
  • Judge says CHP ‘should be ashamed’ of evidence presented
  • California Highway Patrol flatly denies quotas exist

For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month.

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Los Angeles Times: Gap closing 175 namesake stores in U.S.

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San Francisco-based Gap is closing 175 of its namesake stores. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

By Associated Press
June 15, 2016

Gap plans to close 175 of its namesake stores and 250 jobs at its headquarters as the company tries to strengthen the struggling brand.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Moreno Valley, The Pope, Jeb Bush

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Monday, June 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Lou joins the show from Washington State, where he is enjoying his new vacation home. He is joined on the newsmaker line by Jay Prag and Roy Bleckert to discuss the dueling recalls in Moreno Valley.

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Los Angeles Times: San Bernardino: Broken City

San Bernardino

San Bernardino, once a sturdy, middle class “All-America City,” is now bankrupt, the poorest city of its size in California, and a symbol of the nation’s worst urban woes.

June 14, 2015
By Joe Mozingo
Photos by Francine Orr

With a rake and a mask, the motel manager steps carefully into Room 107.

This afternoon, Sam Maharaj will evict a couple and their 4-month-old baby for not paying their bill. The mother sits on the side of the bed, still twitching from slamming methamphetamine the night before.

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Supervisors are being asked to approve a budget for the project, including a huge construction contract.

Published: June 12, 2015
Updated: June 14, 2015 – 10:23 p.m.

After years of planning, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, May 16, are poised to sign off on a $330.35 million plan to add more than 1,200 beds to the county’s chronically crowded jail system.

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

Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown

By Chris Megerian
June 14, 2015

The Legislature is expected to approve a budget Monday that bets on California’s economy to continue growing and sets the stage for higher state spending in coming years.

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Absentee Ballot

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 14, 2015 – Updated 10:42 p.m.

The latest Sacramento proposal to spur voter turnout would radically reduce the number of polling places and would send ballots to every registered voter. Voters could then mail them back, drop them off or vote at one of the remaining polling places

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By Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Khouri
June 14, 2015

In moving from London at the beginning of the year, Rose-Linn Jensen would have preferred to spend a year getting familiar with the Los Angeles area before buying a home.

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Jeb Bush

Former US Governor of Florida Jeb Bush speaks to journalists during his visit in Tallinn, Estonia, Saturday, June 13, 2015, the once-bleak Soviet state of Estonia, that is now a growing free-market economy. Jeb Bush will be spending a week traveling through three nations, as he considers his widely anticipated announcement of his candidacy for the Republican candidate to run for president. | Liis Treimann AP Photo

By Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press
June 14, 2015

PARK CITY, Utah — When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he’s running for president, he’ll begin the campaign with much to prove.

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SBCO

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, San Bernardino County Supervisors, under agenda item 95, will consider approval of a record $4.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

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The Sentinel

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

There’s an interesting headline story in the new edition of the weekly San Bernardino County Sentinel newspaper.

To link to the article, click here.

To download a PDF copy of the newspaper, click the following link: Sentinel-06-12-15

Bark Beetle

Tom Coleman, forest entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, chips away at the bark on a Jeffrey Pine to look for Bark Beetles in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest in May. (Sarah Alvarado — Staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/13/15 – 9:51 PM PDT |

They are insects the size of rice grains, with miniscule mandibles that bring down forests.

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U-T-San Diego: Where did Peevey party proceeds go?

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Organizers aren’t saying what happened to funds rejected by Berkeley

By Jeff McDonald
June 12, 2015 – 7:17 p.m.

Tens of thousands of dollars in proceeds from a February tribute dinner for former utility regulator Michael Peevey was turned away by the University of California after Peevey fell under the shadow of criminal investigation.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 13, 2015

  • Anthropologist would find Legislature fascinating
  • Its two houses have distinct cultures
  • Senate now the bastion of bad behavior

Anthropologists probe the evolution of primitive societies, which makes the Capitol a perfect laboratory.

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Boeing Long Beach Factory

At the beginning of the year, Boeing had 17,566 employees in the Golden State — half of the 35,000 employed here 10 years ago. Above is Boeing’s Long Beach plant, which is being shut down. (Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times)

By Melody Petersen
June 13, 2015

Once there were so many workers building military cargo jets at Boeing’s sprawling plant in Long Beach that employees put flags on their cars to find them in the vast parking lot.

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IE Business Daily: California Legislature’s continuous insanity

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By IE Business Daily
June 13, 2015

Nearly every two year legislative cycle in the California Legislature, among the thousands of new laws proposed by its 120 inhabitants, there are always a few to micromanage local governments. You see, many of the undereducated people that somehow get elected to the State Assembly and State Senate, often think that because they got elected, they know better than the other 32 million of us how things should be.

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Iddo Benzeevi

Iddo Benzeevi, CEO of Highland Fairview, is proposing the World Logistics Center on Moreno Valley’s east side. (David Danelski / File Photo)

Published: June 12, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Evaluating the World Logistics Center mega-warehouse won’t be a quick process.

Moreno Valley planning commissioners say they may need a couple more meetings to fully vet the 40.6-million-square-foot project proposed for the city’s east end.

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

Joe Baca

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/12/15 – 11:25 PM PDT |

Joe Baca, a longtime Democrat who represented San Bernardino County citizens for more than 30 years as a trustee for the San Bernardino Community College District, an assemblyman, state senator and congressman, is now a registered Republican.

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Orange County Superior Court

The probe allegedly centers on a court employee suspected of falsifying records to benefit defendants, recording dismissals where there were none, reducing charges and, in at least one case, making it appear a defendant served jail time.

By Tony Saavedra and Kelly Puente / Staff Writers
June 12, 2015
Updated June 13, 2015 – 8:16 a.m.

The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating fake plea deals and forgeries recorded in hundreds of DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases at Orange County Superior Court.

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Drought in California

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/12/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a historic step, California is cutting water allotments to some of the state’s most senior rights holders, who have depended upon essentially unlimited water from the state’s rivers and streams for more than a century.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 12, 2015 – Updated 3:08 pm

“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” President Obama proclaimed in a 2009 speech to Congress. It was a memorable event in part because Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted, “You lie.” Editorial-page umbrage followed.

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Court Filings

Los Angeles claims attorney-client privilege for the papers Ontario wants to see for the lawsuit

Published: June 11, 2015 – 4:37 p.m.

Los Angeles has filed papers to protect documents it wants to keep from Ontario in the two-year-old lawsuit the Inland city filed to regain ownership and control of Ontario International Airport.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 11, 2015

  • Jerry Brown has reduced ‘wall of debt’
  • He excluded $10 billion owed to feds
  • Ignoring it could create big problem

Three years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown added “wall of debt” to the political lexicon.

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El Nino Heat Map

This map shows the change in ocean water temperature above or below normal in Celsius. The warming ocean temperatures along the equator indicate the strengthening El Niño weather pattern, which if it persists and is strong through the winter, could help bring storms to California during its rainy season. (National Weather Service)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
June 11, 2015

  • Good news for California: El Niño is showing some staying power

Will California get a wet winter and maybe a little drought relief? Scientists are beginning to think so.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

On the Lou Desmond and Company Show tonight, Jay Prag is in the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studious. Up first, Inland Empire companies and cities continue sending contracts to Orange County and Los Angeles. What can be done to keep jobs here?

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin (Kurt Miller/File)

Mike Hestrin is getting some pretty powerful help in erasing the debt from his victorious 2014 campaign for Riverside County district attorney.

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

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Internal audit showed $19.4 million spent over five years, sometimes without contracts or documents explaining why outside attorneys were needed.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 11:36 p.m.

An audit that showed Riverside officials spent nearly $20 million in five years to hire outside lawyers may have raised as many questions as it answered.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Two county transportation officials say a study on the impact of a warehouse project falls short.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

As the World Logistics Center faces its first public hearing in Moreno Valley on Thursday, June 11, two county transportation agencies became the latest to say the mega warehouse proposal’s environmental analysis is flawed.

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

Warehouse

A pair of warehouse construction projects is transforming the view of Redlands from Interstate 10.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 2:58 p.m.

A pair of warehouse construction projects is transforming the view of Redlands from Interstate 10.

Construction of the Redlands Commerce Center, a 1.1-million-square-foot industrial development to serve the warehousing and logistics industry, has begun on a 51-acre swath of land between the westbound lanes of the freeway and Lugonia Avenue.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

California Roads

Efforts to chip away at the estimated $59 billion in upgrades needed for California highways and bridges would become more difficult if the state faces new shortfalls. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

Even as California’s leaders prepare a new state budget that is flush with cash, Gov. Jerry Brown has increasingly raised the specter of another recession that could undo years of hard-won financial progress.

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Proposition 13

By Phil Willon
June 10, 2015

Saying a major “loophole” allows some business to unfairly avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes, two Democratic state senators on Wednesday filed a proposed constitutional amendment to revise Proposition 13, the landmark property tax initiative approved by California voters in 1978.

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California Money

By Julia Horowitz, The Associated Press
Posted: 06/10/15 – 10:35 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> After taking a significant recession-era hit, California’s economy has bounced back up to the seventh largest in the world as the state’s gross domestic product reached $2.3 trillion in 2014, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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CalPERS

Business & Real Estate
June 10, 2015
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Setting up a possible showdown with CalPERS, two bond firms are reviving their legal campaign to win a bigger share of the money being doled out by bankrupt San Bernardino.

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Updated 5:40 pm

Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new crusade. The Democrats’ only name female candidate for president sees “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other.”

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Moreno Valley seal

An environmental report on the proposed project — which would stretch 700 football field — could be vulnerable to court challenges, air board says. The developer, however, sticks by the report.

Published: June 9, 2015
Updated: June 10, 2015 – 8:02 a.m.

State air quality officials say that Moreno Valley’s environmental analysis of a proposed warehousing complex with enough indoor space for 700 football fields is “legally inadequate” and needs major revisions. The developer countered Tuesday that the report “meets all the requirements” of the state’s environmental quality law.

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

SBCO

Posted: 06/09/15 – 5:40 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County announced Tuesday it is the recipient of 44 awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), exceeding the 31 awards received last year from the association.

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California Taxes

California Sens. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), left, and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) want offices and factories to be regularly reassessed for property taxes.

By Chris Megerian
June 10, 2015

SACRAMENTO — Two Democratic state senators plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to overhaul Proposition 13, the state’s landmark restrictions on property taxes, so local governments can raise more revenue from commercial and industrial properties.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 9, 2015

  • State Chamber of Commerce fights with four liberal groups
  • Most of its targeted bills fall by wayside
  • Top-two primary system helps business win

The Capitol’s longest-running conflict pits business against four liberal groups – labor unions, consumer advocates, personal injury attorneys and environmentalists.

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Capitol Weekly: FPPC gets new enforcement chief

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By John Howard
Posted 06.09.2015

Galena West, a veteran lawyer at the Fair Political Practices Commission, has been named chief of enforcement at the agency, which serves as the state’s campaign ethics watchdog.

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InlandPolitics: Rapists in the night!

Gas Prices

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Like rapists in the night, oil companies have picked, gouged and fleeced the pockets of California driver’s for the past three and one-half months.

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Wall Street

June 8, 2015 –  01:31 PM EDT
By Bernard Condon
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Those record profits that companies are reporting may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

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Campaigns

Published: June 8, 2015 – Updated: 11:48 a.m.

The district director for Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, has declared her candidacy for a neighboring Assembly district.

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

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Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
June 8, 2015

California’s finances have mostly moved beyond the fund shifts, deferrals, borrowing and other budgeting maneuvers that became common during past fiscal downturns, according to a new study of budget transparency by an organization led by former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, which warns that the “state’s fiscal culture” could revert if revenue falls.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 8, 2015

  • Legislature supports ‘sunshine laws’ for others
  • However, it exempts itself from those laws
  • Mild reform is shelved without vote

California legislators are steadfast champions of transparency in government – until it comes to themselves.

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By Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/08/15 – 7:06 PM PDT |

California drivers can now appear in court to challenge their traffic tickets without paying a fine first, under a new rule adopted unanimously by the state’s Judicial Council on Monday.

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The nation’s largest pension fund is planning to slash the number of Wall Street firms its uses to manage its investments.

By Dean Starkman
June 8, 2015

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System plans to cut in half the number of Wall Street firms it pays to manage its $303 billion fund, an effort to cut down on high fees that drag down returns.

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Calstrs

Business & Real Estate

Teachers’ pension fund was pressured to dump holdings

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
June 8, 2015

Ending a lengthy effort that had frustrated school teachers, CalSTRS has sold its investment in the firearms manufacturer linked to the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, June 8, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond and Company Show: Judy Oakes was released from jail after serving six months of her five year sentence. You may recall, she is the one who stole the lunch money from the Rialto Unified School. Also, the TSA allowed 73 individuals with ties to terrorism into secure areas.

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Scales of Justice

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/07/15 – 5:03 PM PDT |

Convicted Rialto Unified embezzler Judith Oakes has been released from jail after serving six months of her five-year sentence.

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Mother is third to sue over in-custody death

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted: Jun. 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

RIVERSIDE — A joint report leading up to a Monday scheduling conference details the principal issues and more than two dozen key evidentiary elements in two federal cases that allege the wrongful death of Dante Parker.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 7, 2015

  • California schools enjoy bounty of new money
  • It’s supposed to be spent on ‘high-needs’ students
  • Teacher unions, districts want money for salaries

As a severe recession gripped California a half-decade ago, the state budget took a beating and it hit education hard.

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California Drought

Houseboats are moored on a shrinking arm of the Oroville Lake reservoir, which is now at 25% capacity because of the drought. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
June 7, 2015

A panel of water experts on Sunday mapped out the challenges California faces in meeting future demands for water at a time when water sources are under stress and future supplies appear uncertain.

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National Journal: The Next Budget Conflict Has Begun

National Journal

The dispute over defense vs. domestic funds means spending bills will pile up until September. What happens then?

By Fawn Johnson
June 7, 2015

The message from Senate Democrats this week will go like this: Serious talks should begin now on avoiding a government shutdown. Why force us to carry out our threat of blocking all spending bills until we hit September, the last few days of the fiscal year, to come up with a panicked back-against-the-wall solution? We all know that’s where we’re heading.

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InlandPolitics: Managers vs. Leaders

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Managers vs. Leaders?

Merriam Webster defines “Management” as: 1: the act or art of managing : the conducting or supervising of something (as a business), 2: judicious use of means to accomplish an end 3: the collective body of those who manage or direct an enterprise.

“Leadership” is defined as: 1: the office or position of a leader, 2: capacity to lead, 3: the act or an instance of leading

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Case Closed

Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

There’s a tidbit of good news for the battered and bruised San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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City Manager John Russo says healing economy has brought city more revenue, which allows some hiring.

Published: June 5, 2015
Updated: June 6, 2015 – 7:47 p.m.

Riverside’s budget will grow in fiscal 2016 and officials will hire staff in the planning department, but an even more significant change to the city’s finances is yet to come.

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

Tom Owings

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings, center, hands political literature to city resident Victor Beechman as he campaigns against his recall on Saturday, May 24, 2014. (David Bowman / File)

Published: June 5, 2015 – Updated: 7:16 p.m.

Former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings has no doubt that the political corruption probe that included raids on his home and offices of prominent developer Iddo Benzeevi in 2013 was the undoing of his brief political career.

To read story in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Redlands City Council OKs budget for 2015-16

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 06/06/15 – 6:48 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> The city’s budget for next fiscal year has been approved and includes funding for several additional employees.

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Warehouse

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 06/06/15 – 8:58 PM PDT |

There’s an economic tsunami washing over the Inland Empire and it shows no signs of slowing down, experts say.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
June 6, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

  • Unemployment drops, state revenue soars
  • But California’s recovery is not even
  • Gov. Jerry Brown worries about another recession

California’s economy is recovering from its worst recession since the Great Depression – more or less.

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The Weekly Standard: The Coming Democratic Panic

The Weekly Standard

Watch what happens if Hillary Clinton falls behind in the polls.

Jun 15, 2015 – Vol. 20 / No. 38 • By Fred Barnes

When a CNN poll last week showed Hillary Clinton leading Rand Paul by a single percentage point (48-47) and only three points ahead of Marco Rubio (49-46) and Scott Walker (49-46), it was mildly shocking. In April, her lead over the three Republican presidential candidates had been in double digits: Paul (58-39), Rubio (55-41), and Walker (59-37).

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The Sun: Jury awards $2M to San Bernardino man marked for death

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 –  8:10 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury on Friday awarded a man $2 million in punitive damages in a civil case he brought against two San Manuel tribal members who authorities say conspired with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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Daily Press: Hesperia facing firefighter cuts

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted Jun. 6, 2015 at 5:36 AM

HESPERIA — With grant money running out, the city is facing the possibility of losing nine firefighters while adding ambulance personnel as it works on its 2015-16 fiscal year budget.

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

A former FBI agent indicted on several corruption charges alleging he stole over $100,000 in money from drug seizures has pleaded not guilty.

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By Matthias Gafni
mgafni@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 06/05/2015 03:24:52 PM PDT
Updated: 06/05/2015 04:05:25 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate announced Friday that his legislative body will not appeal a Sacramento Superior Court judge’s order to turn over key calendar information for two suspended senators, saying he supports the ruling on a lawsuit filed by Bay Area News Group, publisher of this newspaper, and Los Angeles News Group.

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Proposition 13

By Martin Wisckol / Staff Columnist
June 5, 2015 – Updated 11:39 p.m.

Activists are again agitating for a ballot measure that would end Proposition 13 protections for commercial buildings. But while a poll last week shows a bare majority support such a “split roll” plan, a decent campaign by opponents could quickly erode that advantage.

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Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California is seeking state approval for its $1.2-billion purchase of Care1st, a Medicaid insurer based in Monterey Park. Above, Blue Shied’s San Francisco headquarters. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Chad Terhune
June 5, 2015

  • Blue Shield of California takes on its critics in seeking state OK for a $1.2-billion acquisition of Care1st
  • Consumer groups dispute Blue Shield’s claim that the nonprofit doesn’t hold charitable assets

Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California is facing more questions over its loss of tax-exempt status as it tries to win state approval of a $1.2-billion acquisition.

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Hospital Costs

A $1,700 emergency room charge “is consistent with the charges assessed by other hospitals in our area,” a Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman says. (Tetra ImagesGetty Images/Brand X)

David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times
david.lazarus​@latimes.com
@Davidlazurus
June 5, 2015

  • Hospital patients face a tough challenge in getting a straight answer to the question, ‘Why so much?’
  • At $20 a pill, hospital imposed a markup of more than 14,000%, a healthy profit margin by anyone’s reckoning
  • Hospital charges $1,700 for a routine blood-pressure test, a pill and the use of a bed for 90 minutes

A single dose of the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam — the generic version of Ativan — will run you about 14 cents at Safeway or Target.

At Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, the same pill goes for nearly $2,000.

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Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield last month in Washington. At the time of his election last summer to the No. 2 post in the House, McCarthy had spent fewer than four full terms in Congress. He was the most junior person to reach a top leadership post since the early 19th century. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
June 5, 2015

Rep. Kevin McCarthy celebrated his first election to Congress at an In-N-Out Burger, sipping sodas from paper cups at Formica tables with his wife and children. The understated evening fit perfectly into the Bakersfield Republican’s image as the son of a firefighter who started his first business, a deli, with proceeds from a winning lottery ticket.

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San Manuel Gaming Chip

Friday, June 5, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

A man has been awarded another $2 million by a jury in the punitive damages phase of a civil trial against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who contracted with the Mexican Mafia to kill him.

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Daily Press: Budget talks stall amid pension concerns

Victorville

Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox called Tuesday for city officials to first iron out details of the city’s $199 million spending plan June 9 before voting to approve the budget.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted Jun. 4, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Updated Jun 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council this week extended budget talks to June 9 after Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox suggested officials iron out details of a draft $199 million spending plan, including concerns raised by employees over changes to benefits.

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Gov. Jerry Brown

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: Opinion: Pensions destined for ballot

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
June 4, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

  • Reformers, unions to square off
  • Two former city officials sponsor measure
  • Are pension costs cutting vital services?

California’s seemingly endless debate over public employee pensions may be approaching a climax.

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New York Post: Economy’s biggest issue: People don’t have money to spend

Economy

By John Crudele
June 3, 2015 | 10:26pm

Anyone with even a quarter of a brain now understands that the US economy got off to a bad start this year.

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