Calpensions: CalPERS funding gap may grow under new trend

calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 1, 2016

Twice in recent decades CalPERS fell below 100 percent of the funding needed for promised pensions, and twice CalPERS climbed back. But since a $100 billion investment loss in 2008, the CalPERS funding level has not recovered.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 31, 2016 – 6:00 AM

Writing a new state budget in June turned out to be, in an old saying, easy-peasy.

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her." Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

File – In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and “do everything but put handcuffs on her.” Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

By Brian Melley, Associated Press
Jul. 31, 2016 – 2:24 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sheriff Lee Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, faces a difficult choice that will influence how he spends the healthiest days of his retirement.

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Reuters: Wholesale California gasoline prices plunge, consumers still pay up

Gas Prices

Reuters

Markets | Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:06am EDT
HOUSTON | By Liz Hampton and Jessica Resnick-Ault

Wholesale gasoline in California became the cheapest in the country this week, but that change has largely gone unseen at the pump, where consumers are still paying the highest prices in the continental United States to fill up their cars.

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Economy
Despite longevity, total growth during this economic expansion is lower than for much shorter business cycles

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Wall Street Journal

By Eric Morath
Jul 29, 2016 – 10:39 am ET

Even seven years after the recession ended, the current stretch of economic gains has yielded less growth than much shorter business cycles.

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Martin Thouvenell

Martin Thouvenell

By Liset Márquez,
lmarquez@scng.com, @JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 07/28/16 – 6:17 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Just who is the man who will fill the vacancy as the executive director of a foundering city? At least in the interim, it’s a name some may find familiar.

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Donald Trump+Hillary Clinton

By John Wildermuth and Joe Garofoli
July 30, 2016
Updated: July 30, 2016 – 6:28pm

PHILADELPHIA — With the primary elections long past and the partisan cheers of July’s party conventions fading away, it’s “game on” for presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Pay Raise

The State Worker
By Rachel Cohrs
rcohrs@sacbee.com
July 29, 2016 – 10:17 AM

The state has offered a nearly 12 percent general salary increase for SEIU Local 1000 employees spread out over four years, or a 9 percent increase over three years.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County advises managers not to use email

SBCO

Friday, July 29, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

When it comes to San Bernardino County government business the duplicity just never ends.

Especially when trying to deceive and cover-up.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

This YouTube video is worth a thousand words.

Well. Actually maybe a lot more than that.

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Friday, July 29, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Did Former president Bill Clinton fall asleep, while his wife, Hillary Clinton, gave her nomination acceptance speech?

Comments please!

Economy

Sho Chandra
July 29, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT
Updated on July 29, 2016 — 6:54 AM PDT

The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the second quarter after a weaker start to the year than previously estimated as companies slimmed down inventories and remained wary of investing amid shaky global demand.

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Mike Hestrin

Hestrin says he needs additional funds to avoid layoffs. But supervisors say he’s being unreasonable

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 28, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin has warned he would need $12.25 million in additional funding to avoid layoffs.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s budget battle with the Board of Supervisors already has led to some public-safety service cuts, he acknowledged Thursday, July 28.

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Chabot - Terroist Hunting Permit

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot is sending donors a little something special in the mail: a “Terrorist Hunting Permit.”

By Beau Yarbrough/ Staff Writer
Published: July 28, 2016
Updated:   July 29, 2016 – 6:42 a.m.

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot is sending donors a little something special in the mail: a “Terrorist Hunting Permit.”

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History: Hillary Clinton’s full speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide or read The Times’ annotations of her speech at latimes.com/clintontranscript

Evan Halper and Mark Z. Barabak
July 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton built on a week of potent testimonials from the Democratic Party’s biggest stars, closing her nominating convention with an optimistic assessment of the country Thursday and casting her campaign as a fight to defend core American values against an opponent she depicted as unstable and unqualified.

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Associated Press

By Christoper S. Rugaber and Bradley Klapper, Associated Press
July 29, 2016 – 12:36 AM ET

WASHINGTON —

In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton wrongly implied Donald Trump has proposed banning Islam in America and sketched out a plan for defeating Islamic State militants that merely mirrors what the U.S. is already trying to do.

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InlandPolitics: WSJ article contradicts Atlantic City spin on Trump

Atlantic City

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – 08:15 a.m.

Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and the democrats have been making hay of Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s casino business dealings in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Puppet Master

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – 07:30 a.m.

You have to once again hand it to Donald Trump.

A single hour-long Trump press conference and the Clinton campaign and democrats fall into a tail spin. Not to mention a trap.

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Daily Bulletin: Upland terminates city manager

Upland seal

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

UPLAND >> In an unexpected turn, the Upland City Council terminated City Manager Rod Butler effective Aug. 29, the city attorney announced Wednesday.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, left, and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. (Associated Press)

Phil Willon
July 27, 2016 – 9:00.P.M.

Half of California’s likely Republican voters and a third of independents said they wouldn’t vote for either candidate in the state’s U.S. Senate race this November, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

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Courts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

A civil lawsuit filed by current and former deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will advance to trial.

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Wikileaks_3_1

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

The Russia spin deflection continues non-stop on Wednesday morning.

Pretty much every democrat official in the nation is blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email debacle.

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Riverside County Seal

During contentious discussions, the district attorney says his department was underfunded and would need to lay off workers or cut services

By David Danelski / The Press Enterprise
Published: July 26, 2016
Updated:   July 27, 2016 – 7:23 a.m.

Following about an hour of contentious discussions, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday, July 26, revisions to an austere county budget designed to start closing a spending gap of more than $60 million a year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 26, 2016 – 6:54 PM

The California Assembly has shown a certain appetite for institutional reform this year – noteworthy because it happens so rarely in the Capitol.

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Patrick McGreevy
July 26, 2016 – 11:28 a.m.

A political committee funded by oil companies has launched ads on the Internet attacking state Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino for opposing the reelection of Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino, a fellow Democrat, and questioning Levya’s party loyalty.

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Hillary Clinton

The Hillary Victory Fund still had $42 million in the bank at the end of June, and it seems likely that more money will be moved to the state parties in the coming months. | Getty

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Politico

By Kenneth P. Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf
07/26/16 – 06:32 AM EDT

  • Leaked emails show officials tried to obscure fact that Clinton allowed states to keep only a tiny fraction of proceeds from joint fundraising.

PHILADELPHIA — Leaked emails show the Democratic National Committee scrambled this spring to conceal the details of a joint fundraising arrangement with Hillary Clinton that funneled money through state Democratic parties.

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Orange County Seal

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
Updated July 26, 2016 – 7:39 a.m.

Orange County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday to add a countywide initiative to the November ballot asking voters to change their office’s term limits.

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SBCO

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a few observations on the unfolding abuse scandal in the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services.

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Sheriff

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 08:55 a.m.

Is there a new collective bargaining agreement for San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in the near future?

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Polling

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

It didn’t take long.

Two new national polls out Monday morning now have Republican Nominee Donald Trump leading Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Guess who’s to blame for the email debacle that has caused the ensuing firestorm engulfing the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 24, 2016 – 2:02 PM

  • One-percenters pay half of state income taxes
  • Temporary tax hikes didn’t spur mass exodus
  • Would extending them have different effect?

When voters passed Gov. Jerry Brown’s “temporary” tax increase in 2012, they gave California the nation’s highest marginal income tax rates, topping out at 13.3 percent.

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DNC

The Fix

By Aaron Blake
July 24, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Thousands of leaked emails have sealed the fate of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s uneven five-plus-year tenure as DNC chair.

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Little Debbie

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CNN

By Jeff Zeleny, MJ Lee and Eric Bradner, CNN
Updated 10:34 AM ET – Mon July 25, 2016

(CNN) A meeting of Florida Democratic delegates descended into chaos when outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took the stage Monday, with critics holding up signs with the word “Emails” and Bernie Sanders supporters booing the congresswoman loudly, even after she began speaking.

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InlandPolitics: DNC Email Scandal: Bye… Bye … Debbie Wasserman-Schultz….

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 10:45 a.m.

It didn’t take long for Democratic National Committee (DNC) email scandal to take hold.

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Donald Trump

Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump capped off a successful week with an excellent acceptance speech, and a political foe cutting his own throat.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 23, 2016 – 2:00 PM

  • Pension problems stem from 1999 benefit boost
  • Unemployment insurance ills rooted in 2003 benefit boost
  • Stockton violates austerity budget to reopen library

One day last week, Daniel Borenstein, a columnist for newspapers in the Bay Area News Group, published a critical analysis of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s long-term finances.

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Associated Press: Hacked emails show Democratic party hostility to Sanders

Debbie Wasserman Schultze

Democratic National Committee Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)

By Stephen Braun
Associated Press
Jul 23, 2016 – 2:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the party’s convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange). (Tomas Ovalle / For The Times)

Phil Willon, Jazmine Ulloa
July 22, 2016

Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez said in an interview with a Spanish-language television station that she believes President Obama may have endorsed rival Kamala Harris in California’s U.S. Senate race because they are both black, injecting a dose of racial politics into a historic contest that in November will elect the state’s first African American or Latino senator.

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ACLU

By Tony Saavedras, Staff Writer
July 22, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union sent volunteer watchers into local courtrooms Friday, a move aimed at bringing attention to what the civil rights group describes as routine cheating by prosecutors in Orange County.

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Jobs

Natalie Kitroeff
July 22, 2016

Defying critics of new state regulations, California continued to pad its hefty payrolls in June. Employers added a net 40,300 jobs over the month, the state reported Friday.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino hits 40th homicide in 2016

Murder Body Outline

Friday, July 22, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The bad news just keeps piling up for embattled San Bernardino, California.

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Shadow Lobbying

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
July 21, 2016 – :33 PM

  • Ethics panel concerned lobbyists working without proper disclosure
  • New rule aimed at requiring paper trail to ease enforcement
  • Some political attorneys complain that rule creates presumption of guilt

California’s political watchdog approved a regulatory change Thursday aimed at encouraging shadow lobbyists to disclose their efforts to influence legislation.

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NBC: Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News CEO

Fox News

By Phil Helsel
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Roger Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News Thursday, after days of speculation as to his future with the network after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed against him by a former anchor, 21st Century Fox said.

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Capitol Weekly

By Cosmo Garvin
Posted 07.21.2016

When California introduced its Cal-Access campaign finance website, “There was nothing like it in the country,” said Rob Lapsley, who was under-Secretary of State in 2000, the year the campaign disclosure tool made its debut.

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EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

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California Supreme Court

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/20/16 – 5:40 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Was Upland correct in deciding to delay a citizen-backed initiative until the general election because officials believed it was a tax?

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fppc logo

By Alison Noon, Associated Press
Jul. 21, 2016 – 2:17 AM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s top political watchdog is championing a bid to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose efforts to influence government officials.

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Ann-Coulter

Ann Coulter likens Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick to friend who ‘gets engaged to a loser.

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 20, 2016 – 10:20 AM

  • Conservative author tells California Republicans she hasn’t seen “one minute” of Republican National Convention
  • Coulter selling a book, speaking to California delegates far from Cleveland
  • U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton expected to address delegates on Thursday

Sandusky, Ohio —

What kind of crowd-seeker will make the 60-mile slog from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland to address the California Republican Party at its daily breakfasts here?

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California

A new CNBC report ranks California as the nation’s least business-friendly state.

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/19/16 – 6:00 PM PDT |

If you think California is a tough place to do business, you’re not alone.

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The Sentinel: Evidence DA, Grand Jury Adviser obstructed investigation growing

SBCO

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on July 16, 2016

A backlog of evidence and witnesses being accumulated by investigators with the California Attorney General’s Office looking into criminal acts and negligence in San Berardino County’s Children and Family Services Department implicates San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos and one of his employees, deputy district attorney Michael Dauber in an effort to obstruct justice, information provided by some of those witnesses shows.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 4:03 PM

  • Big public employee pension fund gained just 0.61 percent last year
  • With low earnings, its unfunded liability for benefits grows
  • Maintaining 7.5 percent earnings assumption doesn’t make sense

You can smear lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t change its innate porcinity.

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Covered California

Monthly premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday.

By Jonathan J. Cooper,  Associated Press
July 19, 2016 – 1:01 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Monthly premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will increase by more than 13 percent on average next year after two major insurers requested large rate increases, officials said Tuesday.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court via a loading dock Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber
July 18, 2016

A federal judge on Monday threw out a plea agreement that would have given former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca a maximum of six months in prison, saying the sentence was too lenient considering Baca’s role in obstructing an FBI investigation into the county jails.

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calpers

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
July 18, 2016 – 9:11 AM

  • Pension fund’s investment gains well below target
  • Poor stock market showing drives weak results

CalPERS reported a 0.61 percent gain in investments in its latest fiscal year, the second straight year of subpar results for the big California pension fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 17, 2016 – 5:00 PM

  • Property taxes will top $60 billion this year
  • San Francisco leads with 8.8 percent increase
  • Property taxes continue to outpace state levies

County property tax assessors are reporting strong upticks in taxable values for the 2016-17 fiscal year that began July 1.

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Hedge Fund

By Ed Mendel
July 18, 2016

The two big California public pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, are going opposite ways on a controversial investment strategy, hedge funds, that is under fire from a powerful teachers union.

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InlandPolitics: Baton Rouge: Six officers shot, three dead

Black-Blue Ribbon

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

People across the country awakened Sunday morning to news of another tragic and deadly assault on police officers.

This time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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RNC - 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

It’s finally here. The Republican National Convention (RNC) will start Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA: More wishful thinking at airport

Dream

Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s another round of wishful thinking at San Bernardino International Airport.

You remember? That $300 million boondoggle known as the airport to nowhere.

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Los Angeles

Southland economist Christopher Thornberg says California’s economy is solid, with healthy gains in employment and the housing market. Thornberg spoke Friday at a Mid-Year Economic Forecast & Trends Breakfast in Los Angeles. (File Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 07/15/16 – 6:15 PM PDT |

The U.S. economy is in far better shape than many might think.

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CTA

John Myers
July 14, 2016 – 4:20 P.M.

Backers of the effort to extend the lifespan of California’s tax rates on the most wealthy boosted their campaign coffers Thursday, with a $10-million contribution from the California Teachers Assn.

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Politico: Trump team scores big win as RNC writes its convention rules

RNC - Cleveland

The Never Trump movement tried to make a stand. It failed by a massive margin.

By Kyle Cheney
07/14/16 – 11:46 PM EDT

CLEVELAND — Efforts to block Donald Trump’s nomination — hyped for months by proponents as a growing grass-roots movement among Republican activists attending next week’s convention — turned out to be a flop.

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Sharon Runner

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
July 14, 2016 – 8:58 AM

  • Runner underwent a double lung transplant
  • Runner said earlier this year she wouldn’t seek re-election

California Sen. Sharon Runner, who returned to the Legislature last year following a double lung transplant, died Thursday. The Lancaster Republican was 62.

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Kamala Harris

State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon
July 13, 2016 – 9:51 P.M.

California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday said that Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop last week, would be alive today had he been white.

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SBCO

Valles calls for director to step down; Lovingood rebukes ‘grandstanding’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:       July 12, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Updated:    July 12, 2016 at 5:39 PM

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood says he and fellow board members will “collectively” go through the grand jury’s annual report that recently raised concerns about San Bernardino County’s child welfare agency.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 12, 2016 – 3:04 PM

  • California Public Employees’ Retirement System lost money
  • Fund is now well short of what’s required to cover pensions
  • CalPERS demands more from governments to cover outlays

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System – the nation’s largest pension trust fund – took a beating during the Great Recession, dropping nearly $100 billion in value.

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Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 11, 2016 – 2:32 PM

  • Strong real estate market, construction add to property tax rolls
  • Taxable values estimated to hit $5.5 trillion

A strong surge in real estate transactions, new commercial and residential construction and rising housing prices should generate a $3-plus billion increase in property tax revenues for schools and local governments during the current fiscal year.

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calpers

By Teri Sforza / Staff Writer
July 12, 2016 – Updated 7:37 a.m.

Public workers are pumping more money into retirement funds. Public agencies are pumping more money into retirement funds.

Yet the market seems distinctly unimpressed.

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James Comey

FBI Director James Comey said on July 5 that Hillary Clinton should not be charged for her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. Here’s what he said, in three minutes.

By Scott Clement
July 11, 2016

A majority of Americans reject the FBI’s recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime for her State Department e-mail practices and say the issue raises concerns about how she might perform her presidential duties, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Los Angeles Times: ‘Confusing’ California primary ends on sour note

Elections

John Myers
July 10, 2016

State officials will write the June 7 primary’s final chapter this week by certifying that more than 8.5 million ballots were cast, though it’s unlikely to assuage voters or local elections officials who complained that overlapping and confusing rules left them with a lingering political hangover.

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OxyContin

By Harriet Ryan, Lisa Girion and Scott Glover
July 10, 2016

In the waning days of summer in 2008, a convicted felon and his business partner leased office space on a seedy block near MacArthur Park. They set up a waiting room, hired an elderly physician and gave the place a name that sounded like an ordinary clinic: Lake Medical.

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GOP

Republicans shut out statewide seek influence through city councils, school boards and similar government agencies

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 8, 2016 – Updated: 6:14 p.m.

Things haven’t been going well for the California Republican Party for years. But it’s a different story in Riverside County.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 9, 2016 – 4:44 PM

  • State’s $2.5 trillion economy now world’s sixth largest
  • However, recovery from recession has downside
  • Income gap widens, state moves toward two-tier society

The revelation that California’s $2.5 trillion economy is now the world’s sixth largest is a source of tub-thumping pride for the state’s politicians.

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InlandPolitics: Hillary Clinton a real piece of work

Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

This is rich!

Now Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is refusing to admit she mishandled classified material.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s a clip from Los Angeles-based Fox News Affiliate KTTV-11 on their latest coverage of the San Bernardino County Children and Family Services scandal.

This latest segment is focused on the watered-down Civil Grand Jury Report released on June 30.

The “window dressing” Grand Jury Report, for whatever it’s worth, should have been released one year ago. However that endeavor was cut-off.

Ontario International Airport

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/08/16 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Congressman Ken Calvert’s legislation to facilitate the transfer of Ontario airport’s ownership from the city of Los Angeles to a local authority has been included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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San Onofre

Southern California Edison argued in a filing with state regulators that a settlement agreement over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant was fair and reasonable. (Mark Ralston/Getty Images)

Ivan Penn
July 7, 2016

Southern California Edison on Thursday warned that its customers could face higher costs related to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant if regulators overturn a settlement agreement.

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Orange County Seal

By Jordan Graham / Staff Writer
published: July 7, 2016
Updated: July 8, 2016 – 6:29 a.m.

An Orange County supervisor has proposed a countywide initiative for the November ballot that would change term limits for him, his colleagues and future board members.

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(Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee
July 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

“I’ve seen the authorities in my career in the House and Senate, I’ve seen federal authorities do their jobs regardless of political machinations and political pressure sometimes. I fully expect them to. And I think there won’t be an indictment. And I think that means she did what many secretaries of state have done in the past. She released more emails and more pages of emails and more records than any of her predecessors of secretary of state, even before she was actually running for president.”

— Sen. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), interview on ABC’s “This Week,” July 3, 2016

In a recent interview, Brown used a common claim by supporters of Hillary Clinton about the email records she produced in comparison with her predecessors. Brown’s answer was in response to ABC’s Martha Raddatz’s question about the 30-minute meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Bill Clinton on an airport ramp in Phoenix, while an FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email use was underway.

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POLITICO: GOP aims for Hillary in FBI hearing

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
Published: 07/07/16 – 10:49 AM EDT
Updated: 07/07/16 – 05:56 PM EDT

Frustrated by FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend criminal charges for Hillary Clinton, House Republicans used his Thursday testimony to hammer Clinton’s past defenses of her private email server — their latest bid to undermine the Democratic frontrunner’s trustworthiness.

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Real Clear Politics: Clinton Email Scandal: It’s Far From Over

Skating on Thin Ice

By Charles Lipson
July 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton skated across the pond on thin ice, but her email problems will last through November.

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Legal

By Tim Johnson and Marisa Taylor
July 6, 2016 – 5:52 PM

  • Recommendation to let Hillary Clinton off the hook may reverberate, lawyers say
  • ‘Hypocrisy’ exists between treatment of senior and lower-level officials, some say
  • One lawyer says he’ll be using a ‘Hillary defense’

WASHINGTON —

The FBI recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her staff on charges of mishandling classified information will give those accused of flouting national security rules a new line of defense even as it highlights a dual standard in how senior government officials are treated, several experts said Wednesday.

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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: July 6, 2016
Updated:   July 7, 2016 – 7:25 a.m.

Using the state’s voter registration website, someone with access to voters’ personal information changed their party affiliations without their knowledge or consent, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Wednesday, July 6.

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