Capitol Weekly: Bar exam failure rates draw scrutiny

By John Howard
February 23, 2017

California’s law-school students are failing the daunting State Bar exam in surprising numbers — and experts are trying to figure out why.

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By Anita Kumar and Rob Hotakainen
McClatchy Washington Bureau
February 23, 2017 – 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use.

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By Richard K. DeAtley
Posted: 02/23/17 – 9:45 PM PST |

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation.

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Former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich could face disbarment, suspension and other sanctions, depending on what the State Bar Court recommends.

Frank Shyong and Joel Rubin
February 22, 2017

The State Bar of California is seeking to discipline former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, claiming that as a county prosecutor he suppressed important evidence and allowed a witness to give false testimony during a 1985 murder case.

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/22/17 – 8:11 AM PST |

L.A. County’s manufacturing sector has suffered massive job losses over the last decade, but a new report points to worse news — those positions have been replaced by jobs that pay less than half as much.

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Maya Lau
February 20, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collected the names of about 300 deputies who have a history of past misconduct — such as domestic violence, theft, bribery and brutality — that could damage their credibility if they testify in court.

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The Sacramento Bee: Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 19, 2017 – 4:00 PM

It’s been said that ignorance is bliss.

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Department of Water Resources personnel, left, inspects a hole was torn in the spillway of the Oroville Dam while releasing approximately 60,000 cubic-feet-second of water in advance of more rain on February 7, 2017 in Oroville, California. (Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle)

By Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle
February 19, 2017
Updated: February 19, 2017 – 12:05pm

The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles neighborhood. Five people died and dozens of homes were swept off their foundations and destroyed.

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Water & Drought
Sacramento Bee Staff
February 18, 2017 – 10:20 AM

These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service.

To read expanded article, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: Ethics hearings for Riverside mayor, councilmen delayed

A resident’s complaint against five officials is pending while the city works out bugs in new procedures.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Feb. 16, 2017 – Updated: 10:34 p.m.

Hearings on ethics complaints filed against Riverside’s mayor and four councilmen have been postponed indefinitely while the city prepares materials for the hearing board.

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By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 02/16/17 – 8:11 PM PST |

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, is among a group of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members who said Republicans kicked them out of a meeting with the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday, Feb. 16.

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By Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle
Published: February 16, 2017
Updated:   February 16, 2017 – 6:34pm

California legislators are fighting a resolution in Congress that could derail plans to create a state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees who don’t have one at work.

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Christine Mai-Duc
Feb. 15, 2017 – 1:55 p.m.

The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.

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Paige St. John
Feb. 14, 2017 – 4:59 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for assistance in dealing both with the Oroville Dam crisis and damage from record storms that hit the state in January.

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Don Lee
February 14, 2017

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen on Tuesday painted a largely upbeat picture of the economy, telling lawmakers that somewhat faster wage growth is in store for workers, even as she signaled that the central bank would consider raising interest rates as early as next month.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feds order independent review of Oroville Dam spillway problems

By Ryan Sabalow
rsabalow@sacbee.com
February 13, 2017 – 6:56 PM

The federal agency that issued the license for the troubled Oroville Dam on Monday ordered state officials to convene an independent panel of five experts to assess the damaged dam and issue recommendations.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM

After last November’s elections were over, the combatants filed year-end reports on what they had spent for and against legislative candidates and ballot measures and it was close to $700 million – nearly two-thirds more than spending during the previous election cycle.

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CalPERS is one of a handful of California government departments that in 2012 added more staff than usual in the last week of the year. Those new hires were the last to accrue pension benefits under a generous formula that the state began to phase out on Jan. 1, 2013.

By Adam Ashton and Phillip Reese
aashton@sacbee.com
February 12, 2017 – 12:01 AM

On the eve of major pension changes that would crimp retirement benefits for new hires, a handful of California government agencies went on a holiday hiring spree.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Foreign nationals were arrested on Feb. 7, 2017 in Los Angeles during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/10/17 – 8:26 PM PST |

The day after reports of immigration sweeps spread through six Southern California counties, federal authorities acknowledged Friday that there was a “surge” in the number of people detained, but almost all were convicted felons or those with multiple misdemeanors living in the country illegally, they said.

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The Sacramento Bee: Brown’s big legacy projects could be Trump’s targets

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 9, 2017 – 2:51 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown devoted most of last month’s State of the State address to excoriating Donald Trump, who had been president for just four days.

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Chris Nichols
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Sacramento, CA |

The share of California home buyers who could afford the state’s median priced home remained at just 31 percent during the last quarter of 2016, according to a new report.

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Xavier Becerra (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
Feb. 9, 2017 – 9:40 a.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday formally announced his bid to run for election to the post in 2018, telling supporters he is ready to continue to battle the Trump administration when he thinks the president is trampling on rights.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Bar settles one fight, but is embroiled in another

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 PM

The legislative skirmishing over the future of the State Bar appears to be nearing an amicable resolution.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2017 – 2:53 PM

Whenever the U.S. Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch – or some other Donald Trump nominee – to the U.S. Supreme Court, it will face a plethora of issues, and those involving California will be among the most controversial.

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The December edition default index suggests local borrowers may need to monitor their 2017 household budgets more carefully. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Lansner
Posted: 02/06/17 – 5:04 PM PST |

It might not have been the year-end bonus you expected, as Southern California pay raises dipped to a one-year low as 2016 ended.

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Daily Bulletin: Revised North Fontana development plan going to city council

Westgate project site in Fontana (Courtesy Map)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 11:09 AM PST |

FONTANA >> For about eight years, a revised plan for 964 acres in North Fontana has been winding through public meetings, workshops, and appearances before the planning commission and city council.

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Robert Lovingood (File photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 3:41 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood presented a plan for regional economic growth including the fast-tracking of development projects, bolstering funding for public safety, increasing infrastructure, and expanding technical training.

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In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Matt Rourke File)

Politics & Government
By Sean Cockerham
scockerham@mcclatchydc.com
February 5, 2017 – 5:17 PM

Washington —

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from “out of control” California if the state declares itself a sanctuary state.

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John Myers
February 5, 2017

During the depths of California’s budget crisis, talk in Sacramento about how many tax dollars were sent to Washington, compared with what the state received in services, generally sparked anger. But these days, it’s triggered fear.

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Rick Anderson and Jaweed Kaleem
Feb. 3, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Trump’s order to halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown, legislators headed for budget clash?

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 2, 2017 – 4:52 PM

State budgets have been easy-peasy political exercises in recent years, thanks to hefty increases in revenue from an expanding economy.

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The Sacramento Bee: Acknowledging lower returns, CalSTRS drops investment forecast

Business & Real Estate
By Adam Ashton
aashton@sacbee.com
February 1, 2017 – 5:50 PM

The fund that manages pensions for California teachers on Wednesday voted to lower its investment forecast by half a percentage point, a decision that will have many educators stepping up their payroll contributions for their retirement plans by several hundred dollars a year.

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Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am |
UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April

After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

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Marv Owen, a delegate from Los Angeles, left, listens to state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte at the California Republican Convention at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento in 2013. Randall Benton RBenton@sacbee.com

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 30, 2017 – 2:19 PM

For Democrats enraged and taking official action Monday to denounce President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte has a message: “This is purely hypocritical, political posturing.”

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Calpensions: Government policy hurts pensions: low interest

By Ed Mendel
January 30, 3016

The two big state pension funds have been on very different paths since both had large surpluses in 2000. But they will have identical funding levels if CalSTRS, like CalPERS last month, adopts a recommended lower investment earnings forecast this week.

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Associated Press: California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

By Michael R. Blood and Don Thompson
Associated Press
Jan 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California’s legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising “USA Home Grown” dangles from a wall.

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Reuters: Judge confirms San Bernardino, California’s plan to exit bankruptcy

By Jim Christie | San Francisco
U.S. | Fri Jan 27, 2017 | 6:36pm EST

San Bernardino, California, won final court approval on Friday for its financial restructuring plan, clearing the way for the city to wrap up the bankruptcy case it launched more than four years ago when its leaders learned it was facing insolvency.

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The Sacramento Bee: Memo to politicians: Don’t ignore California problems

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 26, 2017 – 2:22 PM

By devoting most of Tuesday’s State of the State address to denouncing Donald Trump and his policies, Gov. Jerry Brown fed rhetorical red meat to fellow Democrats.

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Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
January 25, 2017 – 1:52 PM

California faces a $76.67 billion cost to provide healthcare and dental benefits to retired state employees, state Controller Betty Yee reported Wednesday, an increase of $2.49 billion over the previous year’s estimate.

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Associated Press: When will soggy California drop water restrictions?

AP Nation / World
By Scott Smith
Associated Press
Jan 25, 2017 – 1:59 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter, but the state’s top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the drought.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 24, 2017 – 10:44 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown, plunging into position as a Democratic bulwark against Donald Trump’s presidency, warned Tuesday of looming battles with Republican-controlled Washington, using his State of the State address to assuage fears that California would turn its back on progressive policies.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feel-good efforts won’t solve California’s housing crisis

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 23, 2017 – 12:01 AM

Two new documents – a report by the state housing agency and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget – focus harsh economic reality on fanciful political “solutions” to the state’s severe housing crisis.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Hall plans to be vacated over earthquake risk

A view of San Bernardino City Hall in October 2016. (file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/21/17 – 3:25 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Plans are on track for City Hall to be vacated by April, as all employees move out of a building determined to be a substantial earthquake risk.

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The Public Eye
By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com
January 21, 2017 – 1:17 PM

In South Lake Tahoe, roads are crumbling, and the city is struggling to find ways to repair years of damage caused by harsh weather and snowplows. Orangevale residents worry that fire crews won’t arrive quickly enough in an emergency after their local fire station was closed during the recession.

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California employers added just 3,700 jobs in December, according to the state Employment Development Department. That was less than a third of the 13,600 jobs that were added the previous month. (Photo by Neil Nisperos, SCNG/File)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 01/20/17 – 11:38 AM PST |

California employers scaled back their hiring in December with just 3,700 jobs added, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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Friday, January 20, 2017 – Noon

With full fanfare, Republican Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at precisely Noon on Friday.

Trump replaces Barack H. Obama, who served from 2009 to 2017.

 

San Bernardino County CEO Greg Devereaux announced that he will retire Thursday. (File photo)

By David Downey, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 01/19/17 – 12:15 PM PST |

San Bernardino County’s chief executive, who is credited with stabilizing county government finances, announced Thursday he plans to retire by the end of June.

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The Washington Post: CNN’s president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump

By Callum Borchers
January 19, 2017

Don’t mess with CNN.

That’s the unvarnished version of a message that the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine.

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Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
January 18, 2017 – 12:16 PM

With rivers roaring and more rain coming, California’s drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat?

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Calpensions: State pension costs doubled after rate increases

By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 17, 2017

State payments to CalPERS next fiscal year are expected to total $6 billion, nearly double the $3.2 billion paid six years ago before a wave of employer rate increases.

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American Apparel began laying off 2,400 Southern California workers on Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Shan Li
January 16, 2017

American Apparel began to lay off 2,400 workers in Southern California on Monday — kicking off its final chapter as the country’s largest garment maker.

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Former Inland congressional candidate Paul Chabot is leaving for Texas. In a Facebook post, Chabot , a Republican, said he and his family are moving “to find a region of the nation that embraces our values and morals we cherish.” (File)

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Jan. 13, 2017 – Updated: 10:43 p.m.

  • Twice-beaten GOP congressional hopeful delivers some parting shots en route to Texas

Rancho Cucamonga Republican Paul Chabot, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014 and 2016, is moving to the Lone Star State – but not before dispensing some harsh words for California progressives.

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The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.

By Alex Isenstadt
01/14/17 – 06:25 PM EST

Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking.

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Nathan Fenno
January 14, 2017

When Dan Reeves moved the Rams from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, the owner made a prediction about his new home.

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Paloma Esquivel
January 14, 2017

Ten Southern California journalists are fighting an effort by prosecutors to compel them to testify in the San Bernardino County corruption trials of a developer, a former supervisor and other former county officials.

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A San Diego Chargers fan holds up a sign in front of Chargers headquarters after the team announced that it will move to Los Angeles. (Denis Poroy / AP)

Natalie Kitroeff and Daniel Miller
January 13, 2017

The Chargers’ dramatic split from the city of San Diego may be a sign that California is officially done spending public money on sports franchises.

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California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more – according to a confidential federal report obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Ralph Vartabedian
January 13, 2017

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Associated Press
January 13, 2017 – 11:05 AM

The first chamber of the California Legislature has confirmed U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra to be the state’s next attorney general.

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Jim Puzzanghera
January 13, 2017

Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday reported a 6% drop in fourth-quarter profit in the wake of a scandal over its employees creating as many as 2 million accounts without customer authorization.

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Associated Press: California revenue is growing. So why the talk of deficits?

By Jonathan J. Cooper
Associated Press
Jan 11, 2017 – 9:13 p.m. EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s economy is expanding and voters just approved billions of dollars in tax increases, yet Gov. Jerry Brown this week projected a budget deficit for the first time in four years and called for spending cuts.

So what’s going on?

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, leaves federal court, where prosecutors announced they will retry him on charges of obstructing an FBI investigation. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
January 10, 2017

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will retry former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca following a recent mistrial in which a jury nearly cleared him of obstructing an FBI investigation into the county’s jails.

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The Sacramento Bee: Gov. Jerry Brown sees downturn, proposes flat state budget

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 10, 2017 – 4:18 PM

Ever since he returned to the governorship six years ago, Jerry Brown has preached fiscal caution, warning that the state would inevitably see another economic decline and plunging revenue.

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In this file photo, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca arrives at federal court in Los Angeles to appear before a judge after a plea deal had been denied. Aug. 1, 2016 (Photo by David Crane Southern California News Group)

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/09/17 – 4:09 PM PST |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to be back in federal court Tuesday to determine if he’ll stand trial on three pending charges that stem from a jail corruption and inmate abuse scandal.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Bar gets the message, begins to split its functions

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 8, 2017 – 4:00 PM

The 2016 legislative session ended four-plus months ago with a cross-Capitol stalemate on the future of the State Bar, the agency that oversees the legal profession.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is carrying out a new probe into the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Seen are DA Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. (File photos by Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
Jan. 6, 2017 – Updated 9:18 p.m.

Community forums. Face-to-face meetings with leaders of the local deputies union and with local defense attorneys. Twitter.

Is this any way to conduct a civil-rights investigation?

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Gov. Jerry Brown, seen discussing his 2016-17 state budget last year, will release his new spending plan next week in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

John Myers
January 6, 2017

In the six years since Gov. Jerry Brown returned to the state Capitol, his relatively parsimonious approach to state budgets has been consistent enough to leave few watchers expecting major surprises.

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally last year in Hershey, Pa. (Evan Vucci AP)

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 4, 2017 – 4:42 PM

With his party solidly out of power in Washington, a Democratic state lawmaker said he plans to introduce a bill that would again move up the presidential primary in California.

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Holder, leading a team of attorneys from the firm Covington & Burling, will cover potential conflicts between California and the federal government.

Melanie Mason
January 4, 4016

Bracing for an adversarial relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, the California Legislature has selected former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to serve as outside counsel to advise on the state’s legal strategy against the incoming administration.

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Equifax and TransUnion for providing consumers with credit scores not actually used by most lenders in making credit decisions.

James Rufus Koren
January 4, 4016

All credit scores are not created equal.

That’s the upshot of federal enforcement actions levied Tuesday against credit bureaus Equifax and TransUnion.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer lamented a previous rule change by Senate Democrats which allows a president’s Cabinet picks to be approved by a simple majority. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bridget Bowman
Posted Jan 3, 2017 – 10:13 PM

  • Minority leader says Democrats will push for ‘mainstream’ nominee

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to block President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee if he or she is not in the “mainstream.”

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InlandPolitics: Services set for San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – 07:00 p.m.

Funeral Services have been set for San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Brian Saunders, who passed away unexpectedly last week.

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Gov. Jerry Brown, joined Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, by his nominee for Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said California would collaborate where possible with President-elect Donald Trump but also uphold the state’s values.

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
January 3, 2017 – 10:28 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown formally entered his nomination of Rep. Xavier Becerra for California attorney general on Tuesday, setting the 90-day clock for the Legislature to act.

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By one estimate, CalPERS has missed out on $3 billion in financial returns by refusing to buy tobacco stocks. But the pension giant decided Monday to stick with the ban despite a recommendation from its staff that the ban be relaxed.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
January 2, 2017 – 12:01 AM

It’s very rare, but always welcome, when reality intrudes on political decision making.

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Matt Stevens
January 1, 2017

A 14-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested and booked on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program, authorities said.

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The Sacramento Bee: A tax cut for Californians? Yes, really

Business & Real Estate
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
December 30, 2016 12:13 PM

Californians are about to enjoy a rare tax cut.

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California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, seen in January, wrote the 4-3 ruling that said a government agency’s legal bills are generally public record in cases that have been resolved. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Maura Dolan
December 30, 2016

A government agency’s legal bills for a case that has been resolved are generally public record, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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By Aaron Claverie, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 12/28/16 – 11:10 PM PST |

What can Southern California’s casinos expect from a Trump presidency?

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Clockwise from top left: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Grace Napolitano (Lauren Victoria Burke, Mark Wilson, Bill Clark/ AP, Getty Images, Roll Call)

Sarah D. Wire
December 28, 2016

So far, none of California’s 55 senators and representatives have announced plans to retire ahead of the 2018 election. But after weeks at home with family during the holidays to talk about the future, such declarations could come soon.

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Los Angeles Times: Southern California home prices keep rising, and sales jump

The Southern California median home price has now risen, year-over-year, every month for more than four years.

Andrew Khouri
December 27, 2016

Southern California home prices and sales rose in November compared with a year earlier, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Politico: Clinton touts popular-vote count in thank you message to supporters

By Nolan D. McCaskill
12/26/16 – 03:53 PM EST

Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters Monday in an end-of-year email.

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The Press-Enterprise: Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit dies at 64

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit died Monday, Dec. 26, his office announced. He was 64 years old.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 26, 2016
Updated: Dec. 27, 2016 – 8:05 p.m.

  • The former state lawmaker was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November.

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit died Monday night, Dec .26 at age 64, his office announced.

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca talks to reporters outside the federal courthouse earlier this week after his obstruction case ended in a mistrial, with jurors hopelessly deadlocked. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin and Victoria Kim
December 24, 2016

The team of federal prosecutors was on a roll.

For nearly five years, the Public Corruption and Civil Rights section of the U.S. attorney’s office had been building and winning cases against a group from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accused of carrying out a plan to obstruct a federal investigation into allegations of inmate abuse at the county jails.

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InlandPolitics: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Sunday, December 25, 2016 – 08:50 a.m.

InlandPolitics would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkaah.

Let’s be safe out there!

Politico: Trump writing his own White House rules

On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will take the oath of office having never released his tax returns, the first incoming president not to do so in four decades. | Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

By Annie Karni
12/23/16 – 05:58 AM EST

  • He is shining a light on how much of the American political system is encoded in custom and how little is based in the law.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he might do away with regular press briefings and daily intelligence reports. He wants to retain private security while receiving secret service protection, even after the inauguration. He is encouraging members of his family to take on formal roles in his administration, testing the limits of anti-nepotism statutes. And he is pushing the limits of ethics laws in trying to keep a stake in his business.

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A homebuyer who held off purchasing a $500,000 home in July when rates sank to 3.41 percent now will pay $255 more a month on a 30-year loan.

By Kathy Orton
December 22, 2016 at 5:58 PM

House hunters might need to start adjusting their expectations as the days of ultra-low mortgage rates could finally be winding down.

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