Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Robb Quincey

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey left, has petitioned to have his felony conviction reduced, dismissed and expunged, and probation terminated.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey, who pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge last year, and sentenced just last October, has filed to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor, dismissed, expunged and probation terminated.

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Court of Appeal Opinion: Lawrence v. County of San Bernardino

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 22, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Employee discontent over management practices has brought operations of the San Bernardino County Public Defender, once again, into the spotlight.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside. Today, San Bernardino will reveal its bankruptcy exit plan. The city declared bankruptcy in July 2012. (John Valenzuela/ The Sun)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/13/15, 8:27 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> City officials say they will release a sweeping bankruptcy exit plan Thursday afternoon and ask the City Council on Monday to commit to changes they say will significantly affect residents, employees and creditors for years to come.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate candidate and state Attorney General Kamala Harris (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

News
May 13, 2015
Updated 7:30 p.m.
By Martin Wisckol, Staff Writer

On the eve of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s expected announcement that she’ll run for U.S. Senate, current frontrunner Kamala Harris on Wednesday rolled out a list of eight Orange County elected officials who’ve endorsed her bid.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Rep. Pete Aguliar, D-Redlands, and his wife recently spent a week spending no more than $4.73 a day per person on food to call attention to hunger in the Inland Empire.

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

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A lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court accuses Wells Fargo of pressuring workers to open so many accounts and provide so many other services that the employees deceived and defrauded customers across the country.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 13, 2015

A former Wells Fargo & Co. customer accused the San Francisco banking firm in a lawsuit of fostering a high-pressure sales culture that ended up deceiving and defrauding him and customers nationwide.

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M. Marc Kelly

Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly. (Los Angeles Times)

By Emily Foxhall
May 13, 2015

An Orange County judge who is being threatened with recall for giving a child molester a lenient prison sentence contends he is a respected jurist who is the victim of a “misleading” campaign.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County CEO gives 5-year budget forecast

Greg Devereaux

Devereaux

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/12/15, 6:53 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County will enter the next fiscal year on July 1 with $4.7 billion on hand for infrastructure projects and some services cut during the Great Recession, but the county has quite a ways to go before it can start loosening its fiscal belt.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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

Daily Press: County sues firms over jail project

SBCO

After year of mitigation talks, $145M expansion subject of lawsuit

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer

Posted May. 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Repeated faulty designs for smoke control systems were allegedly to blame for millions in cost overruns for the High Desert Detention Center expansion, according to a lawsuit filed May 1 by San Bernardino County seeking $13.6 million in damages from the project’s architectural and design firms.

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U-T San Diego: Emails show UCLA, CPUC deal making

Michael Peevey

Peevey, at right, said grants would be ‘satisfactory to our joint purposes’.

By Jeff McDonald
May 12, 2015

Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey filed a public notice disclosing an email he received from UCLA regarding grants for greenhouse gas research.

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Lobbyist

Hospitals and the oil industry topped payments for lobbying. Total reflects payments to in-house lobbyists and outside firms.

Capitol Alert
May 12, 2015
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com

Local governments, businesses, unions and other special interests reported spending more than $48.5 million on direct state lobbying expenses from January through March, according to first-quarter reports filed earlier this month.

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San Bernardino Seal

Judge allows city to make pension payments

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com

Government pensions in California have withstood another fierce challenge in bankruptcy court.

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Water

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on the drought, which “is going to change California,” said the director of the Department of Water Resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Matt Stevens
May 12, 2015

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

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Donald Wuerl

Catholic Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl joins other Christian leaders during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House last month. Although such public expressions of religion remain a feature of American life, the nation’s Christian population has declined, a new study shows. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

By David Lauter and Hailey Branson-Potts
May 12, 2015

The U.S. has become significantly less Christian in recent years as the share of American adults who espouse no systematic religious belief increased sharply, a major new study found.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Mike Ramos, SB County DA, was fined for the third time for failing to properly report campaign expenditures. Perris Councilman who was caught with drugs and male prostitutes resigns, and Lou talks with a Perris resident about the feelings there.

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Mike Ramos

Bob Stern, a campaign finance expert and the FPPC’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, said he was flabbergasted that Ramos was twice fined for the same violation. “Of all the people who should be complying with the law, it should be the D.A.,” Stern said. “If I were a commissioner, I would go back and say double the fine,” (Staff file photo by Rick Sforza)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/11/15 – 4:20 PM PDT |

For the third time in the last two election cycles, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos has been fined by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for improper campaign reporting practices.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff Use-of-Force

Video from a KNBC-TV news helicopter appears shows San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies beating Francis Jared Pusok, who led them on a pursuit April 9 in the High Desert. )KNBC-TV Courtesy photo)

By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 8:26 AM PDT |

The names of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and command staff who were allegedly involved in the beating of Francis Pusok last month in the High Desert were made public Monday by sheriff’s officials.

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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/11/15 – 3:18 PM PDT |

A prominent Rancho Cucamonga political action committee could be fined $6,000 by the state’s ethics watchdog for failing to timely file two campaign statements, and failing to timely disclose contributions it received and made during the 2010 election.

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Perris

Julio Rodriguez agrees to a deal that will remove him from the Perris City Council immediately.

Published: May 11, 2015 – Updated: 10:18 p.m.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony drug charge and has resigned his council seat.

To read story by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Tony Rackauckas+Miguel Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (Right) and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

By Adam Elmahrek
May 11, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has agreed to pay $13,000 in fines to the state’s political watchdog for several violations of state law related to a real estate deal he conducted with a city contractor.

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Jerry Brown

Those given pay raises by a state panel Monday include California Gov. Jerry Brown, pictured on May 6, and other state legislators and elected officials. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy contact the reporter
May 11, 2015

SACRAMENTO — A state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown voted Monday to give the governor, state legislators and many other officials a 3% pay raise, saying it would make their salaries more competitive with leaders elsewhere.

The increases will take effect Dec. 7.

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U-T San Diego: Supervisor had staff do political work

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts’ county staff chased endorsements, attended political events, monitored political groups

By Joshua Stewart
Updated: May 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO — In a busy schedule packed with public appearances, meet-and-greets and speeches, county Supervisor Dave Roberts had his staff make sure they not only kept him abreast of his civic duties, but he also had county employees do political work on his behalf.

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The Sacramento Bee: Why CalPERS retirees flee California

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has the most Golden State transplants

Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
May 11, 2015

About 15 percent of CALPERS pensioners live outside California

This city’s Spanish name recalls grassy, spring-fed meadows that nourished the first farms here and gave laborers relief from desert heat.

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Hillary Clinton

In this April 29, 2015 file photo Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush fundraises for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t personally ask for money. | Mark Lennihan, File – AP Photo

By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
May 11, 2015

When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.”

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InlandPolitics: sbX Bus Line failure not going unnoticed

Monkeys

Monday, May 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Omnitrans, San Bernardino County’s transit authority, is trumpeting the first year of it’s $200,000,000-plus, sbX Bus Line.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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

Schools

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
May 10, 2015

Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.

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money

By Cathleen Decker
May 11, 2015

Thursday’s radio report danced with anticipation — rain was on the way — and then anchor Dick Helton broke in with news of another sort.

“Hillary’s in town,” the KNX mainstay chortled. “She’s here for the money.”

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InlandPolitics: Happy Mother’s Day

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

Happy Mother’s Day from InlandPolitics.com.

Behind-the-spin

Sunday, May 10, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

The latest report on refinery activity from the California Energy Commission in no way supports the contention that refinery woes have caused retail gasoline price spikes.

Spin that continues to be nothing more than a lie.

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SBCO

Saturday, May 9, 2015 – 12:00 a.m.

When you read the story on San Bernardino County pensions, published in The Sun newspaper on Friday, one takeaway is evident.

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Money

Saturday, May 8, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County and its pension fund, San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA), have fought feverishly to block disclosure of individual pension amounts by name.

That’s until now.

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Charles Washington

Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington

Published: May 8, 2015 – Updated: 2:18 p.m.

Chuck Washington went from gubernatorial pick to Riverside County supervisor in less than week. His campaign to retain his seat is off to a fast start as well.

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

Sbx Bus

An Omnitrans sbX bus travels north along E Street in San Bernardino. Rick Sforza — Staff Photographer

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/09/15 – 12:02 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> More than half a million people rode the sbX rapid-transit bus line in its first year of service, according to Omnitrans — and they expect the next year, which just began, to boost that number significantly.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/09/15 – 11:05 PM PDT |

After two-thirds of a century, light-rail transit could be making a comeback in the Inland Empire, if funding is secured from Los Angeles County.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 9, 2015
dwalters@sacbee.com

California’s Silicon Valley may be the world capital of hubris, where 20-somethings with the right idea at the right time can become instantly wealthy.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Association of California Water Agencies conference last week, made clear that in his fourth and final term, he intends to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. | Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press

Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 9, 2015

Jerry Brown was sounding a little like an eccentric uncle-governor the other day as he muttered about Spaceship Earth, how he got the Moonbeam moniker, and, yes, the need to recycle human waste into water.

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

Social Security Card

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

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Tom Anderson
May 9, 2015

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

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U.S.-District-Court

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/08/15 – 1:36 AM PDT |

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday slapped down what he called “a trilogy of merit-less appeals” that the San Bernardino firefighters union had made seeking reversals of bankruptcy court decisions against them.

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Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party gives the keynote address at the Victor Valley Republican Club and the High Desert Republican Women Federated at the ‘Dinner with Senator Jim Brulte, (RET)” event at the Hilton Garden Inn on Thursday, in Victorville. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

POLITICS

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted May. 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated at 11:10 PM

VICTORVILLE — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte urged fellow Republicans on Thursday night to remain patient as the party seeks to build on gains made last year. He also made no bones about the party’s nationwide goal: defeating Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.

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Campaigns

Politics
May 9, 2015
By Alan Fram, Associated Press

Vulnerable House incumbents are fattening their campaign accounts as the Supreme Court approaches a decision on a case that could force legislatures to reshape congressional districts in 13 states or more, perhaps in time for next year’s elections.

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Gas Prices

California senators have sent a series of questions to oil industry executives.The inquiries come amid concerns about whether the market is competitive.

Capitol Alert
May 8, 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com

California senators investigating the recent surge in gas prices are escalating pressure on oil industry executives.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, May 8, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou in the bunker! They discuss the low labor participation in the U.S. today. It’s near record lows. How can so many afford to be out of the labor force?

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Golden Gate Bridge Panorama

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/07/15 – 12:47 PM PDT |

The average pension for a retired San Bernardino County employee who put in 30 or more years was $88,000 in 2014, and three county retirees pull in more than $300,000 a year in benefits, according to Transparent California, a government watchdog organization that tracks salary and other compensation data of public employees.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 7, 2015

A political war over taxes that’s been brewing for nearly four decades finally erupted Thursday – maybe.

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grand_jury

By Melanie Mason
May 7, 2015

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would prohibit grand juries from weighing in on cases of deadly shootings or excessive force by police.

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Taxes

May 7, 2015
Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com

A coalition of public employee unions and other liberal groups, including many churches, launched a campaign Thursday to alter Proposition 13, California’s iconic property tax limit, and raise billions of dollars by hiking taxes on commercial property.

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U-T San Diego: $85M deal to combine U-T, LA Times

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Purchase agreement signed today by Tribune Publishing; papers to remain separate brands

By Dan McSwain
May 7, 2015 – 4:01 p.m.

The owner of the Los Angeles Times has agreed to buy U-T San Diego, combining two of Southern California’s oldest and most recognizable media companies, executives announced Thursday.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/06/15 – 5:51 PM PDT |

Ontario basically sold its airport to Los Angeles 48 years ago, and there was no turning back, L.A.’s lawyers argued in court documents filed Wednesday.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to water managers from throughout the state at the Association of California Water Agencies conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 6, 2015
By David Siders and Dale Kasler
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

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Gavin Newsom

In this photo taken Monday, April 20, 2015, Lt. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Californians for Safety and Justice conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom and former state Sen. Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, have teamed up with computer scientists at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a web-based video search engine that they hope will democratize government by using the latest in voice- and face-recognition software to allow people to see, hear and read what their representatives are doing in the state capital. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

By Melody Gutierrez
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Updated 12:23 pm

SACRAMENTO — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a new online search tool Wednesday that he said will open up the way the California Legislature does business and radically transform state politics “from a world of promises to a world of participation.”

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Kamala Harris Aide Arrested
Group claiming to be descendants of Knights Templar arrested

By JOSEPH SERNA, JAVIER PANZAR AND MATT HAMILTON
May 7, 2015

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Roosevelt Johnson thought it was odd when three people — two of them dressed in police uniforms he didn’t recognize — strolled into the Santa Clarita station in February.

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Palmdale Seal

By Jean Merl
May 7, 2015

Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to talk about the job market locally. Are government handouts making it difficult for employers to find workers?

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SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed

Published: May 5, 2015 Updated: – 4:41 p.m.

Los Angeles has defended contracts that gave it ownership of Ontario International Airport, denying the city of Ontario’s claims those agreements are so flawed they should be voided, despite decades passing since they were signed.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/05/15, 3:16 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Four developers are finalists to build on the 43-acre property occupied by Carousel Mall, and most likely, the mall will be demolished to make way for new development, a city official said during a broker roundtable Tuesday.

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Valero Wilmington Refinery

The Valero refinery in Wilmington on Monday. (Steve McCrank – Staff Photographer)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/05/15, 7:29 PM PDT |

A new report from Consumer Watchdog confirms what Southland motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes.

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waterdrop

By Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
May 5, 2015

State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Calderon

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 5, 2015
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

What began as a push by two California newspaper groups for the calendars of indicted former Democratic state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee may ultimately broaden public access to legislative business and change the way lawmakers operate at the Capitol.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 5, 2015

Every state budget cycle has its own narrative, but this year’s version is in a class by itself.

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City of Industry

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Abby Sewell
May 5, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the embattled City of Industry, including any dealings officials there might have had with surrounding cities.

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Magnifying Glass

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

By Chris Megerian and Abby Sewell
May 5, 2016

California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen, reporter for the San Bernardino Sun, joins Lou to talk about the dwindling police and fire forces in San Bernardino. What does it mean for the city in bankruptcy?

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Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

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General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

A culture of high-pressure sales encouraged employees to engage “in unfair, unlawful and fraudulent conduct,” the suit says.

By E. Scott Reckard
May 4, 2015

Rigid sales quotas at Wells Fargo Bank have driven employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers, sticking them with bogus fees and damaging their credit, according to a city of Los Angeles lawsuit that echoes a Times investigation.

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Money

By Melanie Mason
May 4, 2015

Extending state-subsidized healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally could cost California as much as $740 million annually, according to a Senate fiscal analysis released Monday.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 4, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

The Capitol’s big guns came out last week – and they were aimed at a 66-year-old grandmother who dared to buck two of California’s most powerful political interests – teacher and cop unions.

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Recall

By Emily Foxhall
May 4, 2015

A group behind the effort to recall an Orange County Superior Court judge filed the necessary paperwork Monday with the county’s Registrar of Voters to get the process underway.

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Gas Prices

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/04/15, 6:52 PM PDT |

Southern California gas prices are rising fast, and the rate of acceleration is far outpacing the national average.

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Daniel Crespo

By Marisa Gerber and Richard Winton
May 5, 2015

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.

Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but kept one room empty so he could rendezvous there with women on his lunch breaks and after work.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, May 4, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Estimable Economist Jay Prag joins the program. First, Lou and Jay talk about the shooting this weekend at a Muhammad cartoon event. Then, they talk about the downfalls of the Affordable Care Act and the negative effects on the medical industry.

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Riverside-County-Seal

The county’s top attorney says the investigative panel doesn’t understand his office’s role. The grand jury was reviewing the county IT department.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: May 3, 2015 9:02 p.m.

A civil grand jury has accused Riverside County’s internal law office of interfering with its review of the county’s information technology department.

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

U-T San Diego: Edison alliances led to San Onofre deal

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Company saw window of opportunity to bring critics on board

By Morgan Lee
May 2, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

Among the documents released this past week regarding closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant was an email showing executives with majority owner Southern California Edison cooperating with traditional adversaries with an eye toward “getting our money back.”

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
May 3, 2015
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com

Since becoming governor for the second time, Jerry Brown has preached the virtues of what he calls “subsidiarity” – reversing the concentration of governmental finances in Sacramento that began when he was governor the first time.

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Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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

San Bernardino Public Safety Attrition

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/02/15, 12:49 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> If the reservoir of veteran firefighters in the city developed a leak in the Great Recession and the crack widened with the 2012 bankruptcy filing, then it’s in 2015 that the dam broke.

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City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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