SacBee: Villaraigosa making moves ahead of possible Senate run

Antonio Villaraigosa

Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greets customers at Pink’s Hot Dogs as part of a farewell tour before leaving office in 2013. His next move could be to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. That would require him to defeat Attorney General Kamala Harris, an ally in previous campaigns. (Nick Ut/Associated Press-file)

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 11:12 PM

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa planned to use the year to, as he put it recently, continue on a journey of reflection.

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SacBee: Brown’s pet proposition is just a stopgap

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/17/2015 5:32 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown exudes pride that voters approved Proposition 2, which creates California’s first meaningful budget reserve, hailing it as a bulwark against periodic flirtations with fiscal insolvency.

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Pension Reform

Local cities still face significant pension risks

Jan. 17, 2015
Updated 10:44 p.m.
By TERI SFORZA

Things might be looking a bit better, but let’s not let it go to our heads.

Anaheim is still staring down a public pension hole more than half a billion dollars deep.

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The PE: Charles Krauthammer: Obama: Charlie who?

charles-krauthammer

By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
January 15, 2015

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as the New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

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Hillary Clinton

FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University, in Washington. Neither Hillary Rodham Clinton nor Mitt Romney have yet said they’re running for president. But within a few hours on Friday, the likely candidates previewed a 2016 campaign that appears headed to a debate over who is best able to boost the paychecks of every day Americans. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

By DAVID SCOTT and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press
01/18/2015 9:27 AM

CORONADO, Calif.

Not yet in the presidential race, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney already are previewing the likely focus of the 2016 campaign, a competition over who’s better able to boost paychecks for working Americans.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Aguilar, Torres get committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

Published: Jan. 16, 2015 –  Updated: 9:26 a.m.

The newest members of the Inland House of Representatives delegation now have committee assignments.

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

Ontario International Airport

In Ontario’s lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport, a judge ordered the city of Los Angeles to hand over 399 documents related to the lawsuit Ontario has filed against Los Angeles. (John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/16/15, 11:19 AM PST | Updated: 50 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask on Friday ordered Los Angeles to produce 399 documents for Ontario by noon Tuesday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Sovaldi

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/16/2015 10:44 PM

Last year, after the Food and Drug Administration approved a breakthrough new drug for hepatitis C, health officials around the country warned of dire consequences for state budgets.

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WashPost: Supreme Court agrees to hear gay marriage issue

U.S. Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. under the Constitution, setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling.

By Robert Barnes
January 16, 2015 at 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will decide a historic question about whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live or whether states are free to limit wedlock to its traditional definition as a union only between a man and a woman.

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UTSanDiego: Romney focused on poverty in possible bid

Ann Romney+Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for President, and his wife Ann Romney mingle with the crowd after Mitt Romney spoke while on board the USS Midway Museum in San Diego on Friday. (Hayne Palmour IV)

Former presidential candidate speaks to Republican leaders aboard Midway
By David Garrick9:27 p.m.Jan. 16, 2015

DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — Mitt Romney stressed the need to sharply reduce poverty in America Friday night during a speech to members of the Republican National Committee.

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InlandPolitics: Register newspapers take another hit in December

Orange County Register
Related: InlandPolitics: Newspaper decline continues

Friday, January 16, 2015 – 06:00 a.m.

Freedom Communications, parent of The Press-Enterprise and Orange County Register ceased printing another of its publications in December.

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Inland Empire Business Journal

Friday, January 16, 2015 – 06:00 a.m.

Local publication Inland Empire Business Journal has shut down.

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Ontario International Airport

Ontario is going to court seeking more documents from Los Angeles regarding Ontario International Airport. The city of Ontario is aiming for local control of the facility, which is run by Los Angeles World Airports. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/15, 4:04 PM PST | Updated: 11 hrs ago

RIVERSIDE >> Los Angeles officials underestimated the effectiveness of Ontarios lobbying efforts in 2011, and were in disarray by the former mayor’s inability to decide whether to sell L.A./Ontario International Airport, documents released on Thursday revealed.

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Sacramento-Business-Journal

Jan 15, 2015, 2:49pm PST
Allen Young
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal

The primary state agency responsible for the Delta tunnels project could run out of money soon, requiring tens of millions of dollars to move forward, said a new report by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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UTSanDiego: Walker among GOP hopefuls in town

Scott Walker

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in West Allis, Wis. More than a dozen potential Republican candidates are contemplating White House bids in 2016 in what’s shaping up as a crowded and diverse field. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Wisconsin governor says his reform agenda could sweep nation
By David Garrick
Jan. 15, 2015

CORONADO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Republican National Committee members on Thursday night that the success he’s had cutting public employee benefits and lowering taxes could sweep the nation and help Republicans take back the White House in 2016.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City replaces interim attorney

city-of-riverside-seal

Council ends contract with Best Best & Krieger after six months, will replace firm with in-house lawyer Kristi Smith.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015 – 8:21 a.m.

Six months after hiring a part-time interim city attorney for $19,500 a month, Riverside officials announced they will end their contract with Best Best & Krieger and put a city staff attorney in the temporary post.

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

Moreno Valley seal

Former deputy city attorney said he was fired by Moreno Valley for pursuing code-violation case against then-Councilman Marcelo Co.

Published: Jan. 14, 2015 – Updated: 4:49 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit by a deputy city attorney who alleged he lost his job for prosecuting code-enforcement violations by a former councilman.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/14/15, 7:01 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a May 30 deadline to file its bankruptcy exit plan looming and years of growth hoped for after that, city officials are moving forward with a long-term strategic plan that will help form the bankruptcy plan and extend far beyond it.

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VVDailyPress: Runner will vie for state Senate seat

Sharon Runner

Former assemblywoman, state senator officially announces candidacy

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 14, 2015 @ 8:26 pm
Updated at 8:32 PM

Former Assemblywoman and state Senator Sharon Runner made it official Wednesday, declaring that she will run for the recently vacated state 21st Senate District seat, which includes the Victor and Antelope valleys.

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CCTimes: Tom Steyer looks good in his own Senate 2016 poll

Josh Richman

By Josh Richman
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 12:13 am

Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer said Tuesday he’s considering whether to run for California’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016, but apparently he’s been mulling this for a while: A polling memo shows he commissioned a survey on his chances in mid-December.

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George Skelton

George Skelton, Los Angeles Times
January 15, 2015
george.skelton​@latimes.com
@latimesskelton

Who will be California’s next U.S. senator, replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer?

It’ll be another Democrat, bet on that.

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SFChronicle: Carly Fiorina, no longer deadbeat candidate

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
January 14, 2015 10:08 AM

This just in: Carly Fiorina paid off the debt from her losing 2010 Senate campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer. As I wrote last month, the former HP head is mulling over a 2016 presidential run — which made her failure to pay off her handlers and vendors rather puzzling. Losing candidates often owe money, but she’s a rich candidate, who was partially self-funded. Nonetheless, she left behind debt just under $500,000. As I wrote:

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LATimes: Los Angeles County reshuffles top managers

LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell
January 15, 2015

Los Angeles County officials Wednesday completed a major reorganization in the top tier of management, moving some upper officials out of the county’s chief executive office and bringing others into newly created positions.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino places Carousel Mall up for sale

San Bernardino Seal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has placed the dormant Carousel Mall up for sale.

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The Sun: Colton approves finance manager post

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/13/15, 6:51 PM PST |

Colton officials have approved the hiring of a finance manager as part of the city’s effort to improve overseeing its finances.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 10:25 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago

UPLAND >> The City Council on Monday night gave City Manager Rod Butler the approval to go forward with considering 15 remaining task force recommendations and a goal-setting workshop.

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SacBee: Jodi Remke reappointed to head FPPC

fppc logo

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/13/2015 5:42 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Jodi Remke chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, his office said Tuesday.

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Mac Taylor

By David Siders and Jim Miller

dsiders@sacbee.com
01/14/2015 7:50 AM

The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst on Tuesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget a “prudent” spending plan, while noting that the proposal might underestimate state revenue by up to billions of dollars through June.

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SacBee: Opinion: Budget OK now, but how long?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/13/2015 7:59 PM

As California’s economy continues its slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession, it will make balancing the state budget relatively easy, at least for another couple of years.

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calpers

By Marc Lifsher
January 14, 2015

Amid concern over soaring retiree costs, the state’s nearly $300-billion public pension fund issued an annual report that showed solid investment gains.

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Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s retirement could set up a nightmare election scenario for Democrats.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

National Journal

Or the way Republicans could find themselves shut out of the general election altogether.
By Scott Bland
January 13, 2015

Democrats are far-and-away favored to keep Sen. Barbara Boxer’s California Senate seat when she retires in 2016. They may even be able to shut Republicans out of the general election altogether. But, with both parties still feeling their way through recent and radical changes to the state’s rules for primary races, Democratic insiders see a nightmare scenario in which they fumble away the seat before the general election even begins.

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Jobs

By Associated Press
January 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

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marijuana-leaf

By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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UTSanDiego: Romney to speak at RNC meeting Friday

Mitt Romney

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, hugs N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Boston before inaugural ceremonies for Charlie Baker. A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. It appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

By Michael Smolens
Jan. 13, 2015

Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s strongly considering a third run for president, plans to speak at the Republican National Committee winter meetings in San Diego this week.

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WashPost:

Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has hired a campaign manager for his likely 2016 White House run. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

By Robert Costa
January 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday announced the hiring of a campaign manager for his likely 2016 presidential bid, part of an aggressive effort to build a national political team as the race for the White House heats up.

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Charlie Hebdo

By Alan Cowell
January 14, 2015

PARIS — The French authorities moved on Wednesday to reinforce a clampdown on hate speech and anti-Semitism, as the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo returned defiantly to the newsstands with a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on its cover, just one week after Islamist gunmen slaughtered 12 people in an attack on its offices.

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InlandPolitics: Constitutional office vacancies filled by Governor

Question Mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

To answer a question from several readers.

In the event California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) takes the seat being vacated by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D), Governor Jerry Brown (D), not voters, will pick her successor.

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Pay Cut

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County, California, administrators are putting the writing on the proverbial wall.

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The PE: REDLANDS:Thirteen vie for seat on City Council

Redlands

Published: Jan. 12, 2015 – Updated: 6:46 p.m.

Thirteen men and women have applied to serve on the Redlands City Council, where a vacancy was created with the election of Pete Aguilar to Congress.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 3:05 PM PST |

UPLAND >> More than a year after a Fiscal Task Force was convened to save the city from possible bankruptcy, only seven of the 22 items on its to-do list have been addressed.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/12/15, 4:32 PM PST |

RIALTO >> Rialto property owners will be seeing their property taxes go up after the Rialto Unified School Board voted last week to issue a third round of Measure Y bonds to help pay for long-awaited renovations and improvements at Eisenhower High and other district sites.

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CNA

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 01/11/15, 5:23 PM PST |

COLTON >> Contract negotiations between county officials and its nursing union have resumed, officials said.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 11:29 PM

Barbara Boxer’s decision to retire from the U.S. Senate dissipates some of the fog that has been obscuring California’s political landscape.

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, is eyeing a third run for the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Politics
By Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
January 12, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, calling former aides, donors and other supporters over the weekend and on Monday in a concerted push to signal his seriousness about possibly launching a 2016 presidential campaign.

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InlandPolitics: Harris to run for U.S. Senate

Kamala Harris

Monday, January 12, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, who announced last week that she would not seek another term in 2016.

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SBCO

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/10/15, 2:41 PM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

San Bernardino County’s contribution to its employee pensions will increase by $35.6 million in the next year, attributed to reduced rates on investment returns and increased life expectancies for pensioners, according to the county’s chief financial officer.

And those increased costs will shadow the county for at least the next 15 years.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, January 12, 2015

Gov. Brown wants state workers to begin paying half the cost of their future retiree health care — a big change for workers making no payments for coverage that can pay 100 percent of the premium for a retiree and 90 percent for their dependents.

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Capitol Weekly

By Anthony York
January 11, 2015

During his press conference outlining his new $164.7 billion state spending plan, Gov. Jerry Brown made extensive remarks about Californians living in poverty, and the challenges the state faces in dealing with those who continue to struggle economically.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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California-Bar-Association

By SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press
Jan. 11, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former executive director of the California organization charged with rooting out lawyers who cheat clients or botch cases says he was fired after reporting that disciplinary files were deliberately being removed to make its case backlog appear smaller.

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Politico: Barack Obama’s French kiss-off

Barack Obama

The president’s decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere
1/11/15 – 6:26 PM EST

Barack Obama n’est pas Charlie — or at least, he wasn’t this weekend.

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By Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane
January 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Senior Democrats, dissatisfied with the party’s tepid prescriptions for combating income inequality, are drafting an “action plan” that calls for a massive transfer of wealth from the super-rich and Wall Street traders to the heart of the middle class.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-LA feud over ONT airport reveals limits to regional planning

Van Nuys Airport

Improvements have been completed on the 8,000-foot main runway (16R/34L) at Van Nuys Airport. This marks the largest maintenance project conducted at the airport in over 50 years.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/10/15, 1:52 PM PST | Updated: 37 secs ago

Maybe it was a bad idea from the very beginning.

Fifty years ago, the thought of Los Angeles taking over a small airport in the Inland Empire seemed like a huge win for Ontario. A no-brainer.

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Robert Lovingood

Robert Lovingood talks about reaching the halfway point of his first term as 1st District supervisor. (James Quigg, Daily Press)

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 10, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Updated at 10:54 PM

VICTORVILLE — Midway through his first term, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said this week that he remains committed to supporting the local solar and mining sectors in 2015, while also seeking to push career technical training for youth.

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UTSanDiego: Regulator was ‘dear friend’ of Edison

Michael Peevey

Emails show CPUC Chief Michael Peevey had meetings at bars, restaurants, across the globe

By Jeff McDonald
Jan. 10, 2015

Newly obtained emails suggest that improper contacts between the former California Public Utilities Commission president and utility executives were more extensive than previously known.

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Lawman

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011; a grand jury is now hearing testimony about the actions of Baca and Paul Tanaka, his top aide at the time, as they reacted to discovery of a cellphone provided to a county jail inmate by the FBI. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang
January 11, 2015

It seems that federal prosecutors are after the “big fish” in L.A. County Jail obstruction-of-justice inquiry

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
January 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

AURORA, Colo. — It’s been a good few weeks for Jeb Bush, who has been setting the pace among prospective 2016 presidential candidates — at least in the view of some in the elite world of political donors, strategists and commentators. But even before the news that Mitt Romney is thinking about a third campaign, a dissenting view on Bush was registered here Thursday night.

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Jeb Bush+Mitt Romney

Jeb Bush, left, was a guest on Mitt Romney’s plane during Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, along with Sen. Marco Rubio, foreground right, and then-Rep. Connie Mack, foreground left. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Politics
By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
January 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have much in common. Both were pragmatic as governors, mild-mannered as candidates and more comfortable balancing budgets at their desks than clinking glasses at a political dinner.

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InlandPolitics: More jobs, less money

Economy

Saturday, January 10, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Economic news on the labor front has been incrementally better. But not great!

Here’s the boiler plate summary.

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The Sentinel: Warren Quits As Upland Public Works Director

Acquanetta Warren

Warren

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on January 10, 2015

(January 9) Acquanetta Warren, the Fontana mayor who has for the past several years been serving as the city of Upland’s assistant director of public works, abruptly resigned her post with the City of Gracious Living Thursday.

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The PE: CONGRESS: NRCC continuing to go after Raul Ruiz

Raul Ruiz

Congressman Raul Ruiz

January 9th, 2015 – 9:35 am

The election is over. But the heat remains on Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, as he starts his second term.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has issued at least three news releases this month attacking Ruiz, who ousted GOP incumbent Mary Bono in 2012 and represents a district where Republicans hold a slight edge in voter registration.

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

SBCO

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/09/15, 10:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a new courthouse that is part of an underfunded county court system, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors met with the Inland Empire caucus of the state Legislature on Friday afternoon to discuss issues facing the region.

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The Associated Press
01/09/2015 5:46 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a record $113 billion California budget amid an improving economy. It’s a 5.4 percent increase from the current $107.4 billion general fund spending.

Here are highlights of his spending plan:

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Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 11:38 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants state workers to begin contributing toward their retiree health benefits and that he will take up the issue at the bargaining table beginning this year.

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question-mark

By Fawn Johnson
January 8, 2015

President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday.

There is one big caveat in the proposal — there is no plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.

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Mitt Romney

In this July 2, 2014, file photo, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters in New Hampshire. Romney told a small group of donors that he’s considering a third run at the White House. (Charles Krupa/AP)

By Philip Rucker,, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
January 9, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Mitt Romney forcefully declared his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of powerful Republican donors Friday, disrupting the fluid 2016 GOP field as would-be rival Jeb Bush was moving swiftly to consolidate establishment support.

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federal reserve

The Fed said it earned a record $98.7 billion in profit in 2014.

By Jim Puzzanghera
January 10, 2015

The Federal Reserve said Friday it made a record $98.7 billion in profits last year, mostly from interest on the more than $4 trillion in bonds it has purchased since 2008 to stimulate the economy.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget plan will hold line on higher education spending

Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown uses a chart to explain his budget a year ago. He presents his first 2015-16 budget Friday. (Randall Benton – Sacramento Bee file)

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 – 12:13 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to propose a $113.3 billion general fund state budget Friday that holds fast in response to the University of California’s threat to raise tuition unless the state gives the university system more money.

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Calculator+Finance+Budget

By Chris Megerian
January 9, 2015

The state’s mountain of medical bills threatens to undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal goals

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Joe Garofoli

By Joe Garofoli
January 8, 2015 – 12:51 PM

Nothing like a political power vacuum to elicit the quality present in all politicians: the innate ability to suck up.

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SacBee: Opinion: Sen. Boxer’s retirement opens door

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 11:32 PM

Feeding frenzy. Musical chairs. Horse race. Free-for-all.

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Pension-Fund

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
01/08/2015 8:44 PM

Government pensions, once thought to be ironclad in California, are under attack in court once again.

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Handcuffs

Ex-School Accountant Caught Stuffing Lunch Money In Bra Sentenced To 5 Years

By Veronica Rocha
January 9, 2015

A former Rialto school accountant accused of embezzling $1.8 million in lunch money and stuffing the cash into her bra was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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Taxes

This is the first year people without health insurance could face big penalties. (Getty Images)

January 8, 2015 | 11:40 AM
By April Dembosky

Most days in early January, tax preparation offices are dead. Most people won’t get their W-2 or other tax documents until later this month.

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InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County District Attorney pleads to misdemeanor

Paul Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:45 p.m.

Former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has pleaded “No Contest” to a single count of Vandalism (Tampering with Campaign Signs), a misdemeanor.

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InlandPolitics: Another continuance in SBIA Fraud case

Scales of Justice

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:30 p.m.

The fraud case against the former Project Manager at San Bernardino International Airport has been continued once again.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Senate: Barbara Boxer retiring

Barbara Boxer

Thursday, January 8, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) has announced she will retire at the end of her current term, which ends in December 2016.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Counties appoint board leadership

Riverside-County-Seal

SBCO

Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have selected new leadership to start off the new year.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/07/15, 8:24 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With symbolic support for their mission from the City Council and a plan to get policy support from an expert in city charters, members of the citizen charter review committee continued treading lightly at their second meeting since the November election.

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 Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/07/15, 8:54 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Despite the giant plaque with former Rep. Gary Miller’s name on it, a staff member of newly sworn-in Rep. Pete Aguilar greeted visitors with a large smile.

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Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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California Seal

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/07/2015 6:15 AM

California income and corporation tax collections surged in December, pushing estimated tax revenue since July to about $3.6 billion above what lawmakers projected when they approved the current budget, according to preliminary totals compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Politico: House GOP plots immigration strategy

U.S. Capitol

Republicans could make their first moves as early as next week.

By Seung Min Kim
1/7/15 8:14 PM EST

House Republicans are ready to fire the opening salvo in the war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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The Sun: San Bernardino limits consent calendar discussion

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/06/15, 5:29 PM PST | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> An attempt to streamline City Council meetings will significantly limit the time members of the public have to address items the council considers noncontroversial.

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SacBee: Opinion: Bullet train pep rally and reality

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/07/2015 7:48 AM

It was billed as a “groundbreaking,” but no ground was broken, even metaphorically.

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