Court Filings

Victor Valley Family Resource Center claims city is trying to ‘banish residents released on probation’

By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted May. 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

HESPERIA — The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Victor Valley Family Resource Center against the city of Hesperia and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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San Manuel Gaming Chip

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has increased it’s lobbyist spending by 74-percent from two years ago.

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
May 6, 2016 – 5:07 PM

Trade associations, unions and other lobbyist employers spent more than $74.3 million during the first three months of 2016, recent state filings show, with some groups spending significantly more compared to the same period in the last legislative session.

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Fox & Hounds

By Sherry Bebitch Jeffe & Doug Jeffe
Friday, May 6th, 2016

As they say about opera, “it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

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InlandPolitics: Will Ryan be shown the door in August primary?

Paul Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan will face well-funded challenger Paul Nehlen in the Wisconsin Primary on August 9.

Friday, May 6, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), who already has a well-funded challenger in millionaire Paul Nehlen, just poured gas on the fire in his own Wisconsin 1st Congressional District.

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Refinery

Flyers were placed on nearly every door within a mile radius of the ExxonMobil refinery notifying residents of the impending restart of the facility. Thursday, May 5, 2016, Torrance, CA. (Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer)

By Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 05/05/16 – 8:40 PM PDT |

The February 2015 explosion that shuttered the ExxonMobil plant in Torrance was the costliest disruption at a California refinery in the past 16 years, with motorists paying at least $2.4 billion in higher pump prices in the following six months, according to a recent RAND study.

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Chino City Council Districts

This is the map the City Council chose in dividing the city into voting districts, although slight tweaks were made at the meeting Wednesday.

By Imani Tate, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/05/16 – 12:15 PM PDT |

CHINO >> Faced with from a Malibu law firm, the Chino City Council this week gave tentative approval to divide the city into voting districts.

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Rancho Cucamonga Council Districts

The final voting district boundary map to be put before Rancho Cucamonga residents.

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/05/16 – 6:10 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Voters in November will decide whether the city should be divided into districts rather than at-large voting for every council seat.

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Orange County Men's Central Jail

Three inmates escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on January 22, 2016. The facility was built in 1968. Erika Aguilar/KPCC

Erika Aguilar
May 05, 2016 – 09:36 PM

Orange County sheriff’s officials have assigned an investigative sergeant to monitor how and if jailhouse informants will be used with the Sheriff’s consultation after deputies failed to disclose records to the court on the department’s inmate informant program.

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Chad Mayes

Melanie Mason
May 5, 2016 – 2:25 P.M.

Just six days ago, Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes was the opening act to his preferred presidential pick, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, at the California GOP convention.

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Darrell Issa

In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. One of the Obama administration’s harshest congressional critics will get a final high-profile shot Tuesday when the committee grills witnesses about the president’s health care law and a former adviser’s comments that “the stupidity of the America voter” helped Democrats pass the complex legislation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite – File)

By Joshua Stewart |
May 5, 2016 – 3:16 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — A little over two months after he said that Donald Trump would be disastrous for the Republican Party, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, on Thursday said the business tycoon is the best candidate for president.

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Paul Ryan

By Erica Werner
May 5, 2016 – 10:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.

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Victorville

Officials meet in workshop to comb through nearly complete FY 17 spending plan

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted:     May 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM
Updated: May 4, 2016 at 5:53 PM

VICTORVILLE — City officials met in a pre-budget workshop this week, broaching the upcoming fiscal year 2016-17 spending plan, where a little more than $1 million still needs to be trimmed to reach balance.

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Tony Cardenas

Campaign reports show that Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has spent $306,470 of his reelection fund on legal services from five area firms. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah D. Wire
May 5, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles) has poured more than $300,000 from his reelection campaign fund into legal services with five Los Angeles law firms in the last year, but his attorney says there is no indication the congressman is the subject of a rumored federal investigation.

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John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich drops out Wednesday. (Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle)

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Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 5:00 pm

When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his primary campaign, it was not a fatal blow to the Stop Trump movement. Many Republicans who opposed Donald Trump — because he’s a self-serving unreliable conservative likely to alienate huge swaths of the American electorate — weren’t particularly strong on Cruz, a staunch conservative in his own right, but also a craven opportunist who hurt the GOP brand with such kamikaze stunts as his push to shut down the government in a bound-to-fail (and it did) bid to defund Obamacare.

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InlandPolitics: Maybe nut-job Glenn Beck will go away

Glenn Beck

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Who’s had enough of Glenn Beck?

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That's All Folks

Wednesday, May 4, 3016 – 09:00 a.m.

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race for the republican nomination after a drubbing by Front-Runner Donald Trump in the state of Indiana.

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Paul Chabot

Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot meets with volunteers in Rancho Cucamonga in 2014. Although he lost that election to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, Chabot has essentially kept campaigning for the 31st Congressional District for the past two years. Both the San Bernardino GOP and the Redlands Tea Party Patriots have endorsed him for the upcoming June 7 primary. (File photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/03/16 – 6:42 PM PDT |

San Bernardino County conservative organizations like Paul Chabot, the once and future challenger to Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino but are split on whether they should endorse Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley or former assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

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Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/02/16 – 4:26 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Upland has a new ally in its battle against the California Cannabis Coalition: the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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Robert Lovingood

1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

By Shea Johnson ,Staff Writer
Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted:     May. 3, 2016 at 12:59 PM
Updated: May 3, 2016 at 5:27 PM

  • On core issues, incumbent touts progress; armed county workers idea being assessed

VICTORVILLE — County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has touted 2015 dips in overall crime and homelessness as two building blocks for his next four years should he win re-election.

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GOP

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
May 3, 2016 – 7:17 PM

  • State Republicans had hoped to play a decisive role in presidential race
  • “It was fun while it lasted,” Republican consultant says
  • Consultant working on anti-Trump effort in California says campaign will proceed

Marty Wilson, a Republican political consultant, was at a poolside reception at a GOP gathering in Burlingame over the weekend, analyzing paths forward for Ted Cruz and John Kasich in California. He offered one major caution.

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Phil Willon
May 3, 3016 – 7:51 P.M.

A competitive California presidential primary had all sorts of potential to scramble the other races on June 7. One possible outcome: A surge in Republican turnout could have dashed Senate candidate Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s hopes of making it past the primary and to the general election.

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Marijuana

Patrick McGreevy
May 4, 2016

A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the Nov. 8 ballot.

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KPCC Staff
May 03, 2016 – 10:58 AM

A judge cleared the way Monday for ExxonMobil to restart its Torrance Refinery after an environmental group sued to keep it shut.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 2, 2016 – 3:01 PM

  • State has huge backlog of unmet housing needs
  • Demand-supply housing gap is widening
  • Poor hit hardest by rising housing costs

Three dry statistical reports issued simultaneously Monday reveal the stark dimensions of California’s deepening housing crisis.

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InlandPolitics: Time for SBCERA to lower projected returns

SBCERA

Monday, May 2 , 2016 – 12:00 p.m.

It’s time for the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) to face reality regarding what it will make on investments in the future.

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InlandPolitics: Wilson endorses Cruz…Game Over!

Game Over

Monday, May 2, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The 2016 California republican party Convention is in the books.

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LASO Badge

By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ed Mendel
May 2, 2016

After reaching agreements with all major creditors, San Bernardino is moving toward an exit from a four-year bankruptcy this fall without cutting public pensions, its largest and rapidly growing debt.

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Joe Garofoli

By Joe Garofoli
Published: April 30, 2016
Updated:   April 30, 2016 – 9:37 pm

White House hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz looked into the sea of 600 key activists at the California Republican convention Saturday and said, “I have to say, this has been a remarkable week.”

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 2:51 PM

  • Former Sen. Joe Dunn fired as State Bar’s boss
  • Accused of deception, he’s now suing quasi-public agency

Joe Dunn’s ears must have been burning Tuesday.

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The Sun: April retirement benefits delayed for roughly 9,000 SBCERA members

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/29/16, 10:52 PM PDT |

Roughly 9,000 members and beneficiaries of the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association have experienced a delay in receiving their April benefit payments due to a clerical error, the organization’s spokesman said Friday.

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Moreno Valley seal

Its interim lawyer, Steve Quintanilla, had agreed to stay until the end of June.

Published: April 29, 2016 – Updated: 7:23 p.m.

More than a year after Moreno Valley parted ways with its city attorney, a search for a replacement is underway.

Since July, Steve Quintanilla has been interim city attorney. Because Quintanilla has his own law practice and is also city attorney for Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, he had agreed to stay on through the end of June.

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

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he is introduced by State Sen. Joel Anderson before speaking at the California Republican Party 2016 convention in Burlingame Friday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Political Notebook
By John Ellis
jellis@fresnobee.com
April 29, 2016 – 5:22 PM

  • After appearing more ‘presidential’ recently, Trump reverts to attack mode
  • Without teleprompter or notes, Trump careened from one subject to another
  • Hundreds of protesters delay Trump, try to rush entrance to convention hotel

BURLINGAME —

After winning the New York primary and following it up with a five-state string of victories last week, it was noted that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was acting more presidential.

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KPBS: Deadline Passes In Probe Of Secret San Onofre Deal

Kamala Harris

Customers may now have little recourse for accountability for how they were handed a $3.3 billion bill for the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s shutdown after a radiation leak in 2012.

By Amita Sharma
Friday, April 29, 2016

Aired 4/29/16 on KPBS News.

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

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Scales of Justice

Luke Money
April 29, 2016

Two private investigators can be tried on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy in connection with a fake DUI report against a Costa Mesa city councilman in 2012, an Orange County judge ruled Friday.

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GOP

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

The sky looks clearer by the day for Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump.

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Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.

Friday, April 29, 2016 – 09:15 a.m.

First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood received some bad news last night.

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GDP

Global headwinds, weak business spending could continue to weigh on GDP in coming quarters

By Jeffrey Sparshott
Updated: April 28, 2016 – 6:39 p.m. ET

A sharp pullback in business investment and weak global demand dragged down an already-lackluster U.S. economy in the opening months of 2016, the latest setback in a bumpy expansion entering its seventh year.

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The Sun: Chabot accuses Aguilar campaign of stealing signs

Pete Aguilar+Paul Chabot

Pete Aguilar, left, and Paul Chabot.

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/27/16 – 5:54 PM PDT |

Redlands police are investigating a report from Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot that one of his campaign signs was stolen and replaced with a rival’s sign.

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The Sun: ONT international traffic continues to take off

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/28/16 – 8:46 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> International passenger traffic continues to see a sizable growth at L.A./Ontario International Airport, according to figures released Thursday by Los Angeles World Airports.

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Donald Trump

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 10:24 PM

  • Republican presidential candidate touches off campaign in California with rally in Orange County
  • Trump pins rising crime in Los Angeles area to illegal immigration
  • Thousands rally, while protesters demonstrate outside

COSTA MESA–

Donald Trump, touching off his presidential campaign in California ahead of the state’s critical primary, said Thursday that California has suffered more than any other state from “open borders,” while pinning crime in the Los Angeles area to illegal immigration.

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Tom Angel

Tom Angel is seen at Burbank police headquarters in 2015. (Raul Roa / Burbank Leader)

Cindy Chang and Alene Tchekmedyian
April 28, 2016

Outrage over emails sent by a top aide mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others is presenting Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell with a serious test as he attempts to reform his troubled agency.

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CAGOP

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 28, 2016 – 6:26 AM

  • It’s been five decades since state GOP had such a chance
  • Trump, Cruz convention speeches sold out quickly
  • Party leaders call for unified message to defeat Democrat

Celeste Greig of Northridge said she will be sitting at a VIP table when Donald Trump gives his address Friday to Republican activists in Burlingame.

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Duncan Hunter

A photo posted on Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Facebook page about the time his campaign paid expenses on his trip to Italy.

By Morgan Cook |
April 28, 2016 – 7 a.m.

  • CREW also has concerns about oral surgery, video games, other expenses

An ethics advocacy group has filed complaints with two federal oversight agencies, asking officials to investigate what the group describes as a pattern of questionable campaign spending by Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Alpine.

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Apple Inc.

Apple shares have been reeling this week after disappointing earnings results. (Matthias Schrader / Associated Press)

Paresh Dave
April 28, 2016

Billionaire business magnate Carl Icahn, whose investment decisions can influence the stock market, said Thursday that he dumped what was left of his nearly 1% stake in Apple Inc. on fears that Chinese authorities would bully the iPhone maker.

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InlandPolitics: Trump will get first ballot nomination

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Republican Front-Runner Donald Trump is firmly in the driver’s seat in reaching a first ballot GOP convention nomination.

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Placentia

By Scott Schwebke / Staff Writer
Published: April 27, 2016
Updated:   April 28, 2016 – 7:12 a.m.

PLACENTIA – Placentia’s chief financial officer announced her resignation Wednesday amid a criminal investigation into a co-worker’s suspected theft of $4.3 million in municipal funds.

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Alene Tchekmedyian and Cindy Chang
April 27, 2016

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, according to city records.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte addresses the group’s fall convention in Anaheim in September 2015. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
April 27, 2016

Lost in the excitement over the top three GOP presidential candidates dropping by this weekend’s California Republican Party convention in Northern California is a proposed rules change that could have a big impact on the party’s leadership.

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Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in May 2015. Brown will release his revised budget proposal next month. (Rich Pedroncelli AP)

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
April 27, 2016 – 2:29 PM

  • Two-fifths of taxpayers saw gains in average real income from 1995 to 2014, new data show
  • That is an improvement over 1994-2013 span, when only top-fifth had real growth
  • Average income of top 1 percent almost doubled over past 20 years

The wealthiest Californians paid nearly half of the state’s income taxes in 2014 after seeing an uptick in their average income from 2013, according to updated income distribution data compiled by the state Franchise Tax Board.

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InlandPolitics: Trump in Costa Mesa Thursday night

Donald Trump

Thursday, April 27, 2016 – 10:30 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald Trump is scheduled to appear in Orange County on Thursday night.

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Ted Cruz

Wednesday, April, 27, 2016 – 10:15 p.m.

The Ted Cruz Campaign is coming to San Bernardino County.

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Campaigns

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00 p.m.

The race for the First District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is heating up as the June Primary approaches.

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Campaign 2016

GOP and Democratic presidential campaigns see gold in state’s high number of delegates.

Published: April 26, 2016
Updated: April 27, 2016 6:41 a.m.

Campaigns for the three remaining Republican presidential candidates are recruiting local delegates and keeping in touch with Inland GOP leaders as they plot strategies to win convention delegates in what has become a pivotal California primary.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/16 – 3:48 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council suggested a few changes but generally indicated support Monday for the specifics of a 14-page document that would overhaul the way the city’s been run for generations.

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Daily Press: On Lovingood’s record, a controlled attack

Tim Donnelly+Rick Roelle+Angela Valles

Tim Donnelly, Rick Roelle, and Angela Valles talk with each other during a break of the Hi-Desert Republican Women, Federated meeting at Spring Valley Lake on Tuesday. Valles and Roelle are married, yet running against each other in the 1st District Supervisor race. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |
Five Supervisor contenders pitch candidacy at luncheon

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 27, 2016 at 7:21 AM
Updated at 7:22 AM

SPRING VALLEY LAKE — Former Apple Valley mayor Rick Roelle launched a controlled attack of San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s four-year term Tuesday, criticizing the incumbent’s record on public safety and special interest groups.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 26, 2016 – 3:50 PM

  • 34 Californians running for U.S. Senate this year
  • Which two will finish 1-2 in primary and face each other?
  • Monday’s debate among five candidates left Sanchez still standing

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire has inspired 34 men and women to seek her U.S. Senate seat this year.

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Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald, who is stepping down after three years of overseeing L.A. County’s jails.

Cindy Chang
April 26, 2016

The enormousness of the task facing Terri McDonald was clear.

A veteran of the state prisons, she had been brought in to turn around a Los Angeles County jail system reeling from allegations of mismanagement and abuse.

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U.S. Supreme Court

A Supreme Court ruling protects public employees against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors. (AFP / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
April 26, 2016

Just in time for the election season, the Supreme Court has strengthened the rights of the nation’s 22 million public employees to protect them against being demoted or fired for supporting the wrong political candidate in the eyes of their supervisors.

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Apple Inc.

By Paresh Dave
April 26, 2016

Apple Inc. forewarned investors of its first-ever drop in iPhone sales and its first decline in quarterly revenue in 13 years.

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NBC News: Poll: Trump Reaches 50 Percent Support Nationally for the First Time

NBC

By Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos
April 26, 2016

Donald Trump has reached 50 percent support from Republicans and Republican-leaners nationally for the first time since the beginning of the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll in late December. This milestone is significant as the 2016 primary heads into its final few weeks of contests, as there has been intense speculation that Trump’s support has a ceiling. Though his support has hovered in the high 40s since mid-March, the front-runner had yet to secure half of Republican voters.

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Scales of Justice

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/26/16 – 12:25 AM PDT |

A Phelan man was arrested Monday nine months after authorities say he drove off with a U.S. Forest Service investigator hanging from the car window at a wildfire base camp in Victorville.

The investigator fired shots at the man but missed.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer Follow @@DP_Shea
Posted Apr. 25, 2016 at 4:20 PM
Updated Apr 25, 2016 at 5:47 PM

With an FBI and federal grand jury probe still active, attorneys for law enforcement officials ensnared in allegations of widespread inmate abuse at West Valley Detention Center want to keep seven federal lawsuits on pause, court records show.

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debate

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and David Siders
ccadelago@sacbee.com
April 25, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

Stockton–

Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez offered contrasting styles Monday in the first televised debate of the U.S. Senate contest, while a trio of Republicans leapt at the chance to participate in a bipartisan skirmish.

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NYSE - Gannett Station

A specialist works at the post that handles Gannett on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 5, 2014. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)

Times staff and wire reports
April 25, 2016

USA Today publisher Gannett Co. is making an aggressive push to buy the owner of the Los Angeles Times, a move that would bolster Gannett’s position as the nation’s largest newspaper company and continue the consolidation in the industry.

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Sample ballot for the June 7 California Senate primary. (Los Angeles County)

John Myers
April 24, 2016

If elections officials could send just one message to California’s 17.2 million registered voters about the U.S. Senate primary in June, it would probably be this: Read the instructions carefully.

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Politico: Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump

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The agreement is an acknowledgement by the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns that neither candidate can overtake Donald Trump before the convention, but that they can still deny him a first-ballot victory. | AP Photo

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Politico

By Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney
Published: 04/24/16 – 10:21 PM EDT
Updated:   04/24/16 – 11:09 PM EDT

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

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Campaigns

By Lisa Mascaro
April 24, 2016

A retired middle school principal was so moved by Donald Trump that he switched his Democratic Party registration so he can vote for the Republican billionaire in next Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.

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The Hill

By Jonathan Swan
04/24/16 – 10:30 AM EDT

Republican mega-donors, increasingly fed up with their party’s circus-like presidential primary, are sitting on their checkbooks until the nominee is decided.

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InlandPolitics: Trump gets large bounce out of New York win

Donald Trump

Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Republican Presidential Front-Runner Donald J. Trump has the wind at his back, according to recent polling, and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz knows it.

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Kurtis Lee
April 23, 2016

In his quest to win the GOP presidential nomination and avoid a contested party convention this summer, Donald Trump is banking on California.

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SBCO

Supervisors OK spending $12 million on web-based financial management system

Published: April 22, 2016 – Updated: 7:09 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector’s Office will undergo an overhaul of its computerized financial management program with a more than $12 million state-of-the-art web-based system approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

To read article by Joe Nelson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez gestures on the steps of a congressional office building in Washington during orientation week for new members of Congress. (Alex Garcia / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon and Noah Bierman
April 22, 2016

Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s easygoing, neighborly style has won over Orange County voters for two decades, but that blessing has come with a nettlesome curse: the occasional, stinging political gaffe.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown carries notebook paper after unveiling his proposed 2016-17 state budget at the Capitol on Jan. 7. Brown warned that the state is overdue for a recession and needs to build reserves to cushion the effects of an economic downturn. (Renée C. Byer – rbyer@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 22, 2016 – 2:51 PM

  • Texas shines in ability to absorb a recession
  • California and Illinois at the bottom

California, whose state budget is highly dependent on volatile income taxes, is the least able big state to withstand a recession, according to a “stress test” conducted by Moody’s Investor Service.

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Donald Trump

(Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Kurtis Lee
April 22, 2016

Donald Trump has a message for people who are not registered with a political party in California: switch your affiliation to Republican in order to vote in the June 7 primary.

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Apple Valley

Legal filing says town has illegally transferred funds, among other claims

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Follow @@DP_MatthewCabe
Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

APPLE VALLEY — A lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of San Bernardino alleges Proposition 218 violations related to Apple Valley’s Wastewater Division, which provides sewer service to more than 22,000 town residents.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Apr. 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Updated Apr 21, 2016 at 4:53 PM

HESPERIA — The City Council approved a resolution that paves the way to unfreeze wages for union and nonunion city employees.

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Kamala Harris

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris at a San Diego news conference. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
April 21, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch does not have to reveal its donors to Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in a case that pitted state law governing charities against 1st Amendment rights.

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Capitol Weekly : Poll: Trump leads in GOP primary

Capitol Weekly

By Jonathan Brown
Posted 04.21.2016

Perhaps all attention on primary night in California should be on the 33rd Congressional District – home to the Trump National Golf Club. After all, in New York, the only Congressional District that Donald Trump didn’t win was the one in which he lives.

Trump is likely to do well in California, too.

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Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 10:00 AM

  • Immigration remains major issue for Republicans in Riverside County
  • Republican presidential candidates’ focus on immigration elevates debate
  • Candidates gearing up for critical primary in California on June 7

MURRIETA– Morning light filtered into the doughnut shop in Murrieta’s old downtown, and Bob Swinford lingered over coffee, longing for a revolution.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 21, 2016 – 2:39 PM

  • California is eliminating at-large voting in local government
  • However, it maintains winner-take-all approach in presidential voting
  • We could apportion our electoral votes by congressional district

Civil rights groups, particularly those representing California’s burgeoning Latino population, have pressed for years to do away with “at-large” elections of city council and school board members.

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Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump celebrates his win in the New York primary on Tuesday night with family and friends at Trump Tower. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
April 21, 2016 at 7:17 PM

  • The next primary is April 26, when five states vote. Stay caught up with the race.
  • Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the state with nine points over Bernie Sanders.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — As the Republican presidential race heads toward a possible contested convention, the three remaining candidates have begun considering vice-presidential picks — with a much different set of calculations from a normal political year.

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InlandPolitics: The loss of a rock and roll icon: Prince dead at 57

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 – 06:30 p.m.

Rock and Roll Icon Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead inside his Paisley Park Studio and residence, located just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday morning.

He was 57 year of age.

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Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
April 20, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Surtax on high-income Californians, school bonds headed for November ballot
  • Unions support tax extension, education groups and developers want bonds
  • Gov. Jerry Brown has not endorsed either, critical of bond issue

California voters are inclined to extend extra taxes on the state’s high-income residents to support public education and pass a new school construction bond issue, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

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A California voter registration form. (Los Angeles Times)

George Skelton

George Skelton
Capitol Journal
April 20, 2016

About 400,000 Californians who might be planning to vote in the state’s pivotal Democratic presidential primary June 7 could be in for a shock.

They’ll be told, “Sorry, your vote’s no good here.”

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