SFChronicle: California to pay $24 million settlement over state properties

California Seal

By Joe Garofoli
Sunday, February 22, 2015 – Updated 8:20 pm

The state of California will pay $24 million to investors to end a legal battle over a proposed deal to sell $2.3 billion in state properties during the height of California’s fiscal crisis.

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Orange County Seal

Feb. 22, 2015 – 4:25 p.m.

SANTA ANA — Former state Sen. Lou Correa raised multiple questions about mistakes and possible fraud in his narrow loss to Andrew Do for Orange County supervisor, but he said it would be too costly to try to overturn the results in a court.

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Politico: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time

U.S. Senate

Senate Democrats will mount their fourth filibuster on the bill Monday afternoon.


By John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
2/22/15 – 6:17 PM EST

Late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force the fourth vote in three weeks on a bill to fund the massive agency that protects Americans from terrorists, floods and incursions across the borders. Senate Democrats will almost certainly block it again.

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InlandPolitics: Another 2016 Democrat problem

Hillary Money

Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

There’s no question mark required for this one.

The Democrat Party has another 2016 campaign issue to deal with.

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InlandPolitics: Ontario Airport lawsuit in jeopardy?


Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

What a shock!

Los Angeles is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit, brought by Ontario, to wrestle away control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters could decide on pot dispensaries


The Riverside Medical Marijuana Restriction and Limitation Act, which would allow a few dispensaries, may be on the June ballot.

Published: Feb. 20, 2015
Updated: Feb. 21, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Riverside officials appear likely to place on the June 2 ballot a measure that would overturn the city’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

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

Kamala Harris+Gavin Newsom

By Josh Richman
Posted: 02/22/2015 10:16:32 AM PST
Updated: 02/22/2015 10:16:40 AM PST

Getting an early start is important for birds seeking worms and children hoping to get in a top college. But when it comes to prominent politicians angling for higher office, starting years in advance may simply allow more time for troubles to mount, political experts say.

So what the heck are Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom thinking?

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Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. (Scott Olson/Getty Images; Eric Gay/AP Photo; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

By Cathleen Decker
February 21, 2015

California has stood as a bright-blue bulwark against conservative political surges for years now, blocking at its border a series of national Republican sweeps and giving President Obama historically huge victories.

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U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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Dana Rohrabacher

By Joe Garofoli
Saturday, February 21, 2015 – Published 4:40 pm

Politicians don’t get much more conservative than Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter, an inspiration behind California’s anti-immigration Proposition 187, a Cold War hardliner, and a man who self-deprecatingly calls himself a “Neanderthal Republican.”

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Port of Los Angeles

Trucks in San Pedro begin to clear the cargo backlog at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

By Tiffany Hsu, Andrew Khouri and Peter Jamison
February 21, 2015

West Coast ports are emerging from the most contentious labor dispute in more than a decade, but lingering resentment and structural problems may complicate a return to normality.

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McClatchy: Internal report: Dems have lost their way


By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
02/21/2015 12:22 PM

WASHINGTON — Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats


Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/20/15, 8:38 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

Three nationally known Republicans will descend on Riverside Saturday, speaking to the conservative faithful and padding their campaign war chests in advance of a 2016 presidential run.

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Port of Long Beach

Container ships wait offshore to get into the Port of Long Beach on Feb. 11. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

By Andrew Khouri, Chris Kirkham and Peter Jamison
February 20, 2015

Shipping companies and dockworkers reached a tentative deal late Friday on a new labor contract, avoiding a shutdown of 29 ports that would have choked off trade through the West Coast.

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Prime Healthcare

By Stuart Pfeifer and Javier Panzar
February 20, 2015

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed.

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The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/20/15 – 01:45 PM EST

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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By Joseph Tanfani
February 20, 2015

In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Unite IE Conference Special Edition!

Lou Desmond

Friday, February 20, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Today on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman, president of Wholesale Capital Corporation and host of the Main Event, and Ann-Marie Murrell, CEO and National Editor of PolitiChicks, join Lou to discuss the Unite IE Conference.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: New city manager named

Alameda’s top official John Russo, who starts in May, pledges to hear from residents and be decisive.

Published: Feb. 19, 2015 – Updated: 8:07 p.m.

Riverside’s new city manager, John Russo, plans to use his experience from both ends of the dais – as an elected official and appointed executive – to bring more openness and accountability to City Hall.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino to review balanced budget

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:21 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city reached the middle of the fiscal year with a balanced budget, City Manager Allen Parker said Thursday.

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black ribbon

Posted Feb. 19, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

HESPERIA — Controversial land developer and newspaper publisher Raymond Pryke has died.

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The new NFL football stadium proposed by the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders would be built on a 168-acre site at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of the 405 Freeway and Del Amo Boulevard.

By Sam Farmer
February 19, 2015

On the field, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have had as bitter a rivalry as any in the NFL but in a sense, they’re now partners.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer


Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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Lobbyists and advocates watch the action in the state Assembly on a television outside the chambers on Aug. 27, 2014. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 19, 2015

The state ethics watchdog panel adopted regulations Thursday banning political fundraisers in the homes of lobbyists, rejecting exceptions to the rule proposed by a group representing legislative advocates.

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SacBee: Opinion: L.A. County board seats will be hot

LA County Seal

By Dan Walters
02/19/2015 10:12 PM

It’s obvious that California’s highest-profile political contest next year will be for the U.S. Senate seat that Barbara Boxer will give up after 24 years.

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By Larry Altman, Daily Breeze and Nick Green, Daily Breeze
Posted: 02/19/15, 8:10 PM PST |

The day after a massive ExxonMobil refinery explosion rocked Torrance and ripped apart a 12-story pollution-control device at the plant, some members of the community are questioning the company’s response to the emergency.

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By Judy Lin, Associated Press
02/19/2015 5:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s health exchange apologized Thursday for sending about 100,000 incorrect tax forms last month to people who purchased private coverage, a mistake that could delay tax filings or force households to amend their taxes.

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WashPost: Abolish the filibuster


By Charles Krauthammer
Opinion Writer
February 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

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Starting in April, about 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will get a raise to the new level — $1.75 an hour more than the federal minimum wage. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

By Jim Puzzanghera, Shan Li and Sarah Parvini
February 19, 2015

Wal-Mart’s advertising slogan is “Save money, live better,” but for years the world’s largest retailer has been criticized for not paying its workers enough to do that.

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IRS -1

The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: How ISIS Thinks & Hospice Care in America

Lou Desmond

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – 05:00p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Tom Del Beccaro, former Chairman of the California Republican Party joins Lou to discuss ISIS.

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Published: Feb. 18, 2015 – Updated: 11:27 p.m.

The San Bernardino Community College District pays its instructors some of the lowest salaries in Southern California. But it has some of the state’s highest paid administrators.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Andrea Miller

In this July 18, 2012 file photo, Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller speaks during a special session by the San Bernardiono City Council to hold a vote on a fiscal emergency ordinance.

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/18/15, 12:01 AM PST

Covina approved a contract with its new city manager Tuesday.

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Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 11:43 AM PST | Updated: 2 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Ontario’s lawsuit with Los Angeles seeking local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport will go to trial Aug. 17, a judge said Wednesday, but a new motion by the defendants aims to preempt that and get the case dismissed.

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Pete Aguilar

Rep. Pete Aguilar

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/18/15, 8:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Rancho Cucamonga, held a roundtable discussion with the area’s business community on Wednesday at a job center where they shared issues relating to regulatory difficulties, and the need to train young people for important sectors of the Inland Empire economy, among other concerns.

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Field Poll

By David Siders
02/19/2015 12:05 AM

More than a year before the presidential primary reaches California, this much can be said about the voting public: Democrats like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republicans like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, and a lot of people still haven’t made up their minds.

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LATimes: Port dispute is felt all along West Coast

Port of Oakland

Shipping volumes at the Port of Oakland plunged 32% in January. That followed a banner year in 2014, when it saw record traffic because of L.A. and Long Beach congestion. Above, containers on a ship at the port. (Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

By Andrew Khouri and Tiffany Hsu
February 18, 2015

The labor dispute that has stalled dozens of massive ships off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach isn’t limited to the nation’s busiest cargo complex.

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Roll Call Logo

By Matt Fuller
Posted at 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 18

Two days after a Texas judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, nothing seems to have changed in the congressional showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Heidi Harris, host of the Heidi Harris Show on AM790 KBET in Las Vegas, joins Lou to discuss a road rage incident that turned deadly in Las Vegas. Heidi gives her personal tips for women who wish to protect themselves against road rage incidents.

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The Sun: Businessman, activist Larry Sharp dies at 72

black ribbon

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 3:04 PM PST

Larry Sharp, an Inland Empire leader who for more than two decades ran the largest credit union in the region, died Monday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 72.

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Crafton Hills College

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 7:45 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

YUCAIPA >> After getting a warning letter from an accreditation agency, Crafton Hills College has pulled out of a new pilot program that would have seen them offering a four-year college degree.

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Janice Hahn

After only three years in Congress, and citing gridlock in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, that she is running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (2014 file photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Staff reports
Posted: 02/18/15, 7:58 AM PST

Confirming months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced her candidacy today for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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Field Poll - U.S. Senate 2016

By John Myers
Feb 18, 2015

Not bad, but not a blockbuster: Consider that the real takeaway for Kamala Harris in the first statewide public poll in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate.

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Bloomberg Logo

By Edvard Pettersson
February 17, 2015 – 10:56 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

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Covered California

By Chad Terhune and Soumya Karlamangla
February 17, 2015

California’s health exchange, after notching 1.4 million in Obamacare enrollment as of Sunday’s deadline, said it may give uninsured people subject to a tax penalty yet another chance to sign up.

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LATimes: Southern California home sales down, prices flat


By Tim Logan
February 17, 2015

Southern California’s housing market got off to a slow start for the year in January, with sales down and prices treading water.

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By Josh Gerstein
2/17/15 – 8:55 PM EST

A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Rancho Cucamonga Republican announces he’ll run again


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

Looks like two losses isn’t enough for the county’s preeminent wannabe elected official.

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Associated Press
By Juan A. Lozano
February 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

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VVDailyBulletin: Federal grand jury investigating jail


Five lawsuits allege civil rights abuses at West Valley Detention Center

Posted Feb. 16, 2015 @ 3:02 pm
Updated Feb 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A federal grand jury is investigating claims of deputy misconduct at West Valley Detention Center nearly a year after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and FBI launched separate probes into possible inmate civil rights violations at the jail.

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Capitol Weekly

By Chuck McFadden
Posted 02.16.2015

ANALYSIS: There are rumblings beneath the surface about the danger of a race-tinged political war breaking out within the California Democratic Party.

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The president is losing ground as terrorist incidents mount.

By Jennifer Shutt
2/16/15 – 5:45 PM EST

A new poll from CNN/ORC shows 57 percent of Americans do not approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling the country’s military action against ISIL.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats complain about Obamacare penalties


Monday, February 16, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks as if Congressional Democrats have figured out what we’ve been saying here for over a year.

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The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on February 14, 2015

(February 13) – A series of events has moved allegations of drug use by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos front and center, together with suggestions that county officials have ignored or covered up indications of that activity because of his extensive personal wealth which has been used to support other elected county officials’ own political efforts.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle / SFC)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, February 16, 2015 – Updated 9:07 am

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive exploited former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s intense interest in a Kern County alternative-energy project in making a backroom deal to win favorable treatment for the company, newly released e-mails show.

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VVDailyPress: Council to consider salary changes


Compensation, position changes could cost $275k

Posted Feb. 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am
Updated Feb 15, 2015 at 10:46 AM

VICTORVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday will consider implementing consultant-recommended salary and position changes effective July 1 that could result in an approximate $275,000 increase to the 2015 fiscal year budget.

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By Ed Mendel
February 16, 2015

CalPERS has paid two law firms more than $7 million in the Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino bankruptcies, even though a federal judge doubts that it has the legal standing to object to city pension cuts.

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Proposals starting to form in Sacramento and San Diego County
By Chris Nichols
Feb. 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO — With a shrinking pot of money to fix California’s roads, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has vowed to push the state into “the next generation of funding” through a $52 per year “Road User Charge” for all drivers.

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Montage Resort
Luxury hotels such as the Montage Laguna Beach that endured the downturn are now thriving, making them appealing targets for investors. The resort sold last month. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Roger Vincent
February 15, 2015

Pampered guests at the five-star Montage Laguna Beach resort can swim in a lap pool overlooking the Pacific, dine on caviar and sleep on goose-down pillows to a lullaby of crashing waves.

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U.S. Capitol

By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
February 15, 2015

After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama’s veto threats outnumber the bills Congress has been able to send him.

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By NANCY BENAC Associated Press
02/16/2015 12:33 AM

WASHINGTON — If you’re an aspiring presidential candidate, says professional crisis manager Eric Dezenhall, right now is “a great time to take a pratfall because it’s so far away from anything major.”

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NYTimes: Call Off the Dogs

David Brock

David Brock (Credit: Stephen B. Thornton for The New York Times)

Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd
Sunday Review | Op-Ed Columnist

February 14, 2015

WASHINGTON — I’LL pay for this column.

The Rottweilers will be unleashed.

Once the Clintons had a War Room. Now they have a Slime Room.

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UTSanDiego: Flawed San Onofre project steamed on

San Onofre Steam Generators

Replacement steam generators for San Onofre arrive in Oceanside in 2009. They turned out to be flawed.
The $680 million replacement generators were not subject to formal cost study.

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 14, 2015 – Updated 4:18 p.m.

Ten years ago, when Southern California Edison wanted to replace the steam generators in its San Onofre nuclear power plant, the state Public Utilities Commission agreed to the plan without a formal review of the $680 million price tag.

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Covered California

By Chad Terhune
February 14, 2015

Short of its enrollment goal ahead of a Sunday deadline, California’s Obamacare exchange made a final push for sign-ups at Los Angeles area clinics, churches and shopping malls.

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Prime Healthcare

By Tracy Seipel
Posted: 02/14/2015 10:03:51 AM PST

Picture an empty hospital. No patients, no medical staff — not a stethoscope in sight.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget


Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

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


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Andrew Do

Andrew Do on his first day on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Do will keep his seat, now that a vote recount has ended in his favor. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

By Anh Do
February 13, 2015

A recount for Orange County’s first district supervisor race ended Friday night, with no change after a review of nearly 6,250 vote-by-mail ballots, officials said.

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UTSanDiego: State proposes 21 percent gas tax cut

Tax Cut

By Jonathan Horn
Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated 6:11 p.m.

San Diegans enjoying relief at the pump these days can expect a little more this summer, this time thanks to the state of California.

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Chapman University

Chapman University in Orange has been sued by two of its donors.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
February 13, 2015

A 98-year-old Newport Beach philanthropist and his wife are suing Chapman University, alleging that the college coerced him into donating $12 million and then failed to keep its promises.

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InlandPolitics: Fired Ramos aide charged with two felonies


Friday, February 13, 2015 – 02:30 p.m.

A former field representative for San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been charged with two felonies for smuggling drugs to an inmate housed at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

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Friday, February 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County has settled a property damage dispute with the owner of the mountain cabin that burned to the ground during the apprehension of fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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Melissa Melendez


Published: Feb. 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Inland Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez is facing criticism from Islamic groups after she tweeted with the hashtag “Stand Up Against Islam” while lamenting the death of an American aid worker.

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

MIchael Lipsitz

Lipsitz suspected of sneaking narcotics to jail inmate

Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:47 pm
Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM

The case against San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos’ former aide, arrested last week for allegedly delivering narcotics to a jail inmate in Devore, is under review for possible charges, District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee said Thursday.

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Calbuzz: Among Latinos, Tony V Thumps Kamala for Senate

Kamala Harris+Antonio Villaraigosa

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
February 13, 2015

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris may be leading the field statewide in 2016 race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer – we won’t actually know until we see some public polling data – but it appears that among Latino voters who say they’re likely to vote, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio “Tony V” Villaraigosa is the clear favorite.

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By Jean Merl
February 13, 2015

Getting an early start on shoring up at-risk members, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday released a list of 14 it deems most vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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Politico: The war on Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

His fast start has reordered the Republican 2016 race, and put a bull’s-eye on his back.

By Alex Isenstadt
2/12/15 – 6:07 PM EST

The war on Jeb Bush is on.

Rand Paul is attacking him as a hypocrite on marijuana who’s indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz is questioning whether Bush’s stands on education and immigration will fly with primary voters. Conservative outside groups are going after him, with one airing a TV ad declaring, “We do not want dynasties in our White House.”

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talks to the media on Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Paul Kane
February 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, less than six weeks into unified GOP rule on Capitol Hill, is on the verge of seeing his most adamant pledge go up in smoke.

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Lou Desmond


By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/12/15, 8:10 PM PST |

It looks like Inland Empire host Lou Desmond landed on his feet, then jumped up.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County’s largest union makes interesting move


Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s largest public employee union has made an interesting move.

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Published: Feb. 11, 2015 – Updated: 9:40 a.m.

Republican Paul Chabot believes a lack of money and GOP support hampered his campaign for an Inland congressional seat. He might have a point, at least on the money part.

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

VVDailyPress: Embattled Adelanto city manager on leave

Adelanto City Council

Adelanto City Manger Jim Hart’s seat remained empty during Wednesday’s city council meeting as Hart is on leave. (David Pardo, Daily Press)

Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:19 am

ADELANTO —Adelanto City Manager Jim Hart is taking a two-week leave of absence while using up accrued personal time, he said Wednesday night after he did not attend the open session of the City Council meeting.

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Gavin Newsom

Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom delivers a speech inside City Hall in San Francisco, after the U.S. Supreme Court made its ruling on gay marriage on June 26, 2013. (AFP / AFP/Getty Images)

By Seema Mehta
February 11, 2015

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he has opened a fundraising account to run for governor in 2018.

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Brian Williams

Anchorman Brian Williams has been suspended for six months. Photo: Monica Schipper / 2014 Getty Images


Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 9:00 pm, Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I work on a treadmill of shameless self-promotion. Most mornings, I’ve tweeted before 6 a.m. When I’m not working on my column, I’m often blogging, posting on Facebook, jabbering on the radio (less often on TV), or speaking at a venue like the Commonwealth Club.

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