RollCall: Record Disapproval for Obama in Gallup Poll

Barack Obama

Obama hasn’t had a Gallup approval rating over 50 percent since before his State of the Union address in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 8:57 p.m. on Oct. 11

Updated 10:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama lodged his worst-ever disapproval Saturday in the Gallup tracking poll — another ominous sign for Democrats scrambling on defense ahead of the midterm elections less than a month away.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 11, 2014

For months, voters have been barraged by claims and counterclaims from Republicans and Democrats about the degree to which the landscape is shifting in the race for control of the Senate, which polls are correct and who has the best voter turnout operation. Get ready for more, and be wary about what you hear.

Two narratives have competed for attention since Campaign 2014 got underway.

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The Hill: Turnout fears mount for Dems

The Hill

By Cristina Marcos – 10/11/14 06:17 AM EDT

The Democratic Party’s worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.

Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino: “NO on Q” campaign in full swing

San Bernardino - No on Q

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

Opposition to a San Bernardino charter amendment targeting the way salaries of police officers and firefighters are calculated is now in full battle mode.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager sentenced

Robb Quincey

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey has been sentenced as a result of his guilty plea to a single count of felony conflict of interest last month.

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Campaigns

Published: Oct. 10, 2014 – Updated: 9:56 p.m.

Technically, the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is nonpartisan.

But this year’s contest has a partisan feel, with Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman of Chino Hills taking on Democratic Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod of Chino in a big money contest. The veteran lawmakers are running for a seat currently held by Gary Ovitt, who has served on the board since 2004 and is not seeking re-election.

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

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By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/10/14, 10:10 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Colton’s former city manager who says he was fired while investigating suspected misconduct and misappropriation of public funds by city officials, has filed a civil lawsuit alleging the city violated his rights and state laws and should not be able to hire a new city manager until they correct the process.

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California Department of Justice

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 – 11:39 am

State Attorney General Kamala Harris quietly opened an investigation last month into the California Public Utilities Commission regarding rate-setting procedures and the gas-line explosion in San Bruno, according to emails obtained by The Sacramento Bee.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Chad Terhune
October 10, 2014

Escalating its battle with organized labor, Prime Healthcare Services Inc. reached a deal to acquire six nonprofit Catholic hospitals in California, including St. Vincent and St. Francis medical centers in Los Angeles County.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU increases support for Negrete-McLeod

Money

Friday, October 10, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod continues to benefit from big money support in her quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Why won’t Aguilar, Chabot debate?

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Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.
While some congressional candidates enjoy facing their opponents, others in high-profile races see the forum as risky.

Published: Oct. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:47 p.m.

The candidates in one of the Inland Empire’s most competitive and closely watched political races have not debated since the primary, and there are no plans to do so any time soon.

The lack of a debate between Democrat Pete Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot in the 31st Congressional District frustrates some voters. The San Bernardino County seat on the Nov. 4 ballot is open after the retirement of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga.

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

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/09/14, 8:26 PM PDT | Updated: 50 secs ago

Former Colton City Manager Stephen Compton has filed a wrongful termination and retaliation claim against the city, alleging he was let go while investigating unlawful activities, including misappropriation of funds by city officials.

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Montclair

Posted: 10/09/14, 10:15 AM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

The Montclair Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Committee will sponsor a Candidates Forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 5111 Benito St., Montclair.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Two years ago, Democrats won what were quickly dubbed “supermajorities” in both houses of the Legislature, but in the ensuing months, they lost the Senate supermajority.

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Politico

By RACHAEL BADE | 10/9/14 11:58 AM EDT Updated: 10/9/14 12:57 PM EDT

There are dozens of ways to escape Obamacare’s individual mandate tax — but good luck figuring that out come tax season.

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Unemployment Benefits Application

By Jim Puzzanghera
October 9, 2014

Average weekly unemployment claims over the last month hit an eight-year low, the government reported, in another positive sign for the labor market recovery.

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UTSanDiego: Ebola drug manufacturing ramping up

Mapp Bio

By Bradley J. Fikes
Oct. 9, 2014

Ebola drug maker Mapp Biopharmaceutical is working on several fronts to increase supplies of the potentially life-saving medicine as fast as possible, Mapp’s chief executive, Kevin Whaley, said Thursday.

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Vote

In this Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, file photo, the sun shines behind a voting sign outside a polling location in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

By Aaron Blake
October 9, 2014

The fact that Democratic voters are less enthusiastic about the 2014 election isn’t news. We’ve known for a while that the so-called Obama Coalition isn’t exactly conducive to winning midterm elections.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Davis, Soubirous investigation costs may rise

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The city spent almost $93,000 on probes of alleged charter violations, but councilmen are hoping to recover their legal fees.

BY ALICIA ROBINSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Oct. 8, 2014 Updated: 10:09 p.m.

Riverside has spent nearly $93,000 investigating complaints against Councilmen Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis, but the only public discussion was a July hearing on the Soubirous findings. Questions remain as to whether the council should have talked about the complaints publicly or reported its closed-door decisions on them.

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

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/07/14, 10:14 PM PDT | Updated: 20 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> A letter determining that complaints of corruption were unfounded was presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/14, 5:05 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> The second highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives shared his vision for national economic growth at a forum in Ontario on Wednesday hosted by State Sen. Norma Torres, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership business advocacy group.

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Fox News

By Dana Blanton
Published October 08, 2014
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New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend in the fight for the U.S. Senate.The GOP candidates — helped by anti-Barack Obama sentiment and strong support from male voters — lead in all five states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Fundraising totals in supervisorial contest

Curt Hagman+Gloria Negrete-McLeod

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The contest to replace retiring San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt is heading into the final stretch, with one candidate making a push to overcome a serious funding disadvantage.

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Campaigns

Published: Oct. 7, 2014 Updated: 4:53 p.m.

The candidates the 36th Congressional District continued to use Sunday night’s debate to attack each other and declare victory in the televised forum.

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

Money

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/07/14, 8:14 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> A political action committee opposing Neil Derry’s run for Redlands City Council has amassed a significant amount of contributions.

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Robert Jenkins

Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 2 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> After moving through a felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing, former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Tuesday for an information arraignment that was continued until Oct. 27.

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LA County Twin Towers Jail

Proposition 47 would reduce penalties for drug possession and thefts below $950 — reducing offenders’ time in jail. Shown is the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By Paige St. John
October 7, 2014

The push by progressive foundations and a conservative evangelist to recast some of California’s most common crimes as misdemeanors is drawing major financial support from the state’s well-heeled activists.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy inside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

By Kate Linthicum
Ovtober 7, 2014

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a controversial partnership with federal immigration authorities designed to target potentially deportable immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes.

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Wal-Mart said Tuesday it will end healthcare benefits for some part-time workers.

By Andrew Khouri
October 7, 2014

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting healthcare benefits for roughly 30,000 part-time employees, citing rising costs.

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The PE: POLITICS: Roth seeks override on veto of vehicle fee measure

Veto Override

Special legislative session would be required to overturn Gov. Brown’s rejection of funding for Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

Published: Oct. 6, 2014 Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Possibly reviving four Inland cities’ hopes for financial stability, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is seeking to reverse the veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fees to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

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

SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 4:17 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> After 25 years of repeated attempts to get passed in San Bernardino County a property tax relief program for new homebuyers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finally approved an ordinance.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/06/14, 8:36 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis broke a tie late Monday to impose new terms and conditions of employment on the city’s firefighters.

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ON30-ONT-REGIONAL-TRC

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/06/14, 7:07 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

ONTARIO >> Traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is up — local and Los Angeles officials agree on that at least.

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Money

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/06/14, 8:42 PM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The amount of money in the Redlands City Council race has become official, as candidates met the Monday deadline for filing their campaign finance disclosure paperwork.

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UTSanDiego: Hundreds fail to report bond-firm meals

Free Meal

Statewide investigation started in Poway, nabbed 260 officials
By Ricky Young and Jeff McDonald
Oct. 6, 2014 – 02:52 p.m.

California regulators have cracked down on hundreds of public officials up and down the state who accepted meals, baseball tickets, brownies and other gifts from a bond-finance company and failed to disclose them.

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Priya Mathur

Mathur

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 – 5:53 pm

CalPERS board member Priya Mathur, repeatedly fined for violating state campaign-finance disclosure rules, is facing a $4,000 penalty for her latest transgression.

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Posted on Monday, October 6 at 6:20pm | By Bob Egelko

When police fatally shoot someone without justification, California law allows the victims’ estates to recover damages for economic losses, but not for the pain the victim suffered before death. That limitation will no longer apply in federal courts in the state, as the result of an order Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 – 12:20 am

Political cognoscenti know that the most important factor in determining which politician and party wins a congressional or a state legislative seat is how the district lines are drawn.

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Politico: Why the Supreme Court punted on gay marriage

U.S. Supreme Court

The court released no vote count Monday and no justice publicly dissented.

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 10/6/14 8:06 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court added fuel Monday to the same-sex marriage drive sweeping the country like wildfire, clearing the way for judicial rulings to add 11 more states to the 19 which already allow the practice.

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney concedes the presidency at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center on Nov. 7, 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

National Journal

After two failed presidential campaigns, could the third time be the charm?
By Rebecca Nelson
October 6, 2014

While the “will he or won’t he” chatter of a third Mitt Romney presidential run balloons, the former Massachusetts governor and two-time candidate may be priming himself for a rare opportunity to get back in the game. And, at least according to some people close to the former candidate, that could come in a highly unusual way.

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InlandPolitics: Anti-Derry committee scrutinized

Magnifying Glass

Monday, October 6, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

A Northern California political action committee (PAC) set to send out mailers attacking Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry may have assumed the name of a legitimate business.

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Murder Body Outline

Monday, October 6, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The revamped San Bernardino leadership had an opportunity to present to voters meaningful charter reform.

But it didn’t!

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Ruiz, Nestande clash during debate

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Ruiz, (D-Palm Desert) at left, is running for re-election against Nestande, a Republican state assemblyman

Published: Oct. 5, 2014 Updated: Oct. 6, 2014 1:07 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz tried to project a moderate image while Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande tried to tie him to an unpopular president during a televised debate Sunday night.

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

Handcuffs

By ERIK ECKHOLM
OCT. 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty years ago, amid a national panic over crime, California voters adopted the country’s most stringent three-strikes law, sentencing repeat felons to 25 years to life, even if the third offense was a minor theft.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 – 12:00 am

The notion of recasting California’s 58 counties and thousands of special districts that deal with water, fire protection, parks, hospitals, mosquito abatement and many other services into multipurpose regional governments has kicked around for at least a half-century.

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Pieces to the Puzzle

By Ed Mendel
October 6, 2014

A federal judge ruled last week that Stockton’s CalPERS pensions can be cut in bankruptcy. But Stockton does not want to cut pensions, and the lone holdout creditor says it can be paid without cutting pensions.

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InlandPolitics: Why are people so shocked over “Inbred Inland Empire” label ?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

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The Sun: Yucaipa City Council candidates answer questions

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/04/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA>> Four candidates are running for Yucaipa City Council in November.

Incumbents Greg Bogh and Tom Masner are seeking to re-election to their seats and are facing two challengers, David Avila and Thomas Powell.

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Redlands Unified School District

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/04/14, 5:44 PM PDT |

A judge has ordered the Redlands Unified School District to alter its public record policies, which, he ruled, violate the California Public Records Act.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl contact
October 4, 2014

Both major political parties and groups of their deep-pocketed supporters are playing big in the handful of fiercely fought congressional races in California this year.

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

Gay rights advocate Vin Testa in front of the Supreme Court. The prospect of a monumental ruling on same-sex marriage dominates expectations of the coming session.

By Robert Barnes
October 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The 10th edition of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. begins work Monday with the prospect of a monumental ruling for gay rights that could serve as a surprising legacy of an otherwise increasingly conservative court.

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WashPost: A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Aguilar goes after Chabot in latest TV ad

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 – Updated: 5:44 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Pete Aguilar is taking on his Republican opponent directly in his latest TV ad for the 31st Congressional District seat.

Up until now, Aguilar, who is mayor of Redlands, has let the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launch negative ads against Paul Chabot while his campaign aired spots highlighting his working-class roots.

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

The PE: JURUPA VALLEY: City won’t give up on lost funds

Jurupa Valley Seal

Another bill or a lawsuit against the state could be the next moves to get lost revenue restored.

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 Updated: 5:13 p.m.

Jurupa Valley leaders said this week that they will fight to remain a city after Gov. Jerry Brown’s second veto in three years of a bill to restore crucial state funding to Jurupa Valley and Riverside County’s three other new cities of Eastvale, Wildomar and Menifee.

Like Riverside County officials, they may consider a lawsuit against the state.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Inland Empire

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/03/14, 9:10 PM PDT |

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9  percent, its lowest level in more than six years, after U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Campaigns

ELECTION SEASON
Code officers encounter mixed bag of compliance issues
GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 3, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Updated Oct 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Victor Valley municipalities are facing a mixed bag of campaign-sign enforcement actions, with one reporting no problems and others actively impounding code-infringing displays.

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Covered California

Officials don’t find Covered California rates unreasonable
By Chad Terhune
October 3, 2014

California regulators won’t challenge the next round of health insurance rate increases in the state exchange, but insurers’ narrow networks of doctors and hospitals are drawing tougher scrutiny.

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San Manuel Gaming Chip

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The games has started in a local city council election.

An all out effort has officially commmenced to keep Former County Supervisor Neil Derry from winning a seat on the Redlands City Council.

What’s interesting is who’s funding it.

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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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

Campaigns

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/02/14, 10:56 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> From building a Legoland museum to bringing solar and wind energy to the city, the list of ideas from candidates running for City Council and mayor ran the gamut at a public forum Thursday evening.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto employees told to delete emails

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City officials say ‘non-essential’ messages deleted for storage space, professionalism

CITY GOVERNMENT

BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 2, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

ADELANTO — Adelanto officials confirmed Thursday that city employees were told to delete some emails from their inboxes on Wednesday, but city officials said they do not believe they’ve violated a state law requiring public records to be kept for two years.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang
October 2, 2014

Federal officials have rejected a last-ditch effort by Los Angeles County to maintain control over its jails and will move forward with a consent decree to address longstanding problems with mental health care in the troubled facilities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 – 10:20 pm

It should have surprised no one that federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Klein declared that public employees’ pensions are not sacrosanct when their employers declare bankruptcy.

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Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik
October 2, 2014

The investment house Franklin Templeton’s effort to knock down the city of Stockton’s proposal to emerge from bankruptcy portrays the case as one in which Franklin is defending itself against three big, faceless adversaries.

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By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Most Americans view the country moving in the wrong direction and don’t see their financial futures getting better anytime soon, attitudes likely to make it harder for Democrats to do well this fall, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

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The Sun: Agreement between San Bernardino and police union breaks down

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/01/14, 9:17 PM PDT | Updated: 31 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A tentative agreement between the city and the police union that both sides trumpeted months ago has broken down, union president Steve Turner said Wednesday.

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Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/01/14, 7:46 PM PDT | Updated: 44 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO>> Republican Congressional candidate Paul Chabot, surrounded by friends and supporters at the TVC Mas Latino Studios in San Bernardino, spoke out against a recent rash of political mailers which he called “racist” and “sexist.”

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Home Construction

Construction workers pour a concrete slab for a home under construction in Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. The median price for a single-family home in the Inland Empire rose 16.5 percent, to $267,000, in the space of a year. (Will Lester – staff photographer)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/01/14, 8:05 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A new report on the Inland Empire economy released Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based economic research firm Beacon Economics finds home prices rising in a region experts say is a major growth area for the state.

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CapitolWeekly: Referendum sought on plastic bag ban

Capitol Weekly

by SAMANTHA GALLEGOS posted 09.30.2014
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The ink was barely dry on the governor’s signature to ban plastic bags when foes of his decision filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office for a referendum in 2016 to overturn the new law.

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US Bankruptcy Court

Stockton, Calif., faced a $1.6 billion termination fee from Calpers if it dropped out of the state pension system.

Restructuring & Bankruptcy
By Mary Williams Walsh
October 1, 2014 9:15 pmOctober 1, 2014 9:15 pm

A federal bankruptcy judge on Wednesday upended the widely held belief that public workers’ pensions have a special status in California that makes them impossible to cut, further chipping away at the idea that pensions are sacrosanct in a municipal bankruptcy.

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AP: Ruling lets bankrupt city cut pension benefits

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AP California News
Oct 2, 9:28 AM EDT

By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. bankruptcy law allows the California city of Stockton to cut pension benefits because it can treat its obligations to the public retirement fund like other debts, a federal judge said in a ruling that could help clarify who gets paid first by financially strapped cities around the nation – pension funds or creditors.

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San Bernardino Seal

The City of San Bernardino may benefit from a recent ruling about paying pensions in the city of Stockton.

By Ryan Hagen, Press-Telegram
Posted: 10/01/14, 11:38 PM PDT |

A decision Wednesday by the judge at Stockton’s bankruptcy trial that allows bankrupt cities to treat the California Public Employees’ Retirement system like other debtors might open the door for other insolvent cities that could want to cut back on expensive pension obligations — including San Bernardino.

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Housing Bubble

Los Angeles and Orange Counties are two of the three most overvalued housing markets in the country, according to a new report from Trulia.

By Tim Logan
October 2, 2014

Southern California’s housing markets are among the most overvalued in the nation, according to a new report. But the closest thing in this country to a housing bubble is actually in Texas.

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Los Angeles World Airports

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/30/14, 5:12 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Inland Empire elected officials are expressing shock and disappointment over a comment made by a top executive at Los Angeles World Airports in which he referred to the Inland Empire as the “inbred Inland Empire.”

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city council candidates square off

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Adelanto hopefuls address bankruptcy, utility tax, new prison

RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER
Posted Oct. 1, 2014 @ 12:08 am
Updated at 12:19 AM

ADELANTO — With the city on the verge of bankruptcy, it was a no holds barred Tuesday night as the candidates for Adelanto mayor and city council took on some hard-hitting financial questions.

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SacBee (AP): California governor vetoes ethics bills

Veto

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 – 3:53 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 – 9:53 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite a series of political scandals that marred the California state Senate this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had vetoed key ethics bills seeking to place new restrictions on gift giving and campaign spending.

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Plastic Bag

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 – 9:35 am

Time to invest in a reusable shopping bag.

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Orange County Seal

BY KELLIE MEJDRICH / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 30, 2014 Updated: Oct. 1, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved increasing the number of passengers allowed at John Wayne Airport by 9.2 percent within six years and permitting 10 more flights a day.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

By Dan Weikel
September 30, 2014

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin on Tuesday called for hearings to explore whether officials have complied with a 2006 court settlement to facilitate the growth of all the city’s commercial airports, not just busy Los Angeles International.

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The Hill: GOP casts Clinton as third term for Obama

Hillary Clinton

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The Hill

By Amie Parnes – 09/30/14 06:00 AM EDT

Republicans are working hard to define a Hillary Clinton presidency as a third term for President Obama’s White House.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Angry officials see politics in governor’s veto

Veto

A veto is the latest setback in the effort to restore millions in lost vehicle-license fees to new cities; an override of the veto seem unlikely.

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to restore up to $19 million to four fledgling Riverside County cities has some Inland officials questioning if politics played a role in the decision that could lead Jurupa Valley to dissolve.

To read story by Jeff Horseman, Sandra Stokley and Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ken Calvert

Calvert

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 11:05 p.m.

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert wants a Los Angeles airport executive fired for using the term “inbred Inland Empire” and calling improvements at Ontario International Airport “a storied tale of charity toward the Inland Empire.”

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

Cassie MacDuff

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

Los Angeles World Airports officials don’t like what I’ve written about Ontario International Airport.

That’s fine.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Eneterprise, click here.

Veto

Posted on Monday, September 29 at 4:54pm | By Bob Egelko

One of the hardest-fought crime bills of the legislative session, stiffening the laws against prosecutors who withhold evidence that might help the defense, has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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