LATimes: A show of disunity at California GOP convention

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
September 20, 2014

It was a double indignity for Neel Kashkari this weekend when not just one but two fellow Republicans on November’s statewide ballot declined to endorse his campaign to oust Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte center.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 11:25 pm

LOS ANGELES — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in an e-mail to party leaders Saturday that he never thought the party should hold a convention so close to the general election and that he wants fewer conventions in the future.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 7:32 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 10:41 pm

By word and deed, the state’s politically dominant Democrats have demonstrated that they want to substantially alter California’s century-old initiative system that allows voters to legislate directly through the ballot box.

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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Politico: Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The party has lost confidence in her as a unifying leader and a party spokesperson.

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 9/17/14 5:46 PM EDT Updated: 9/20/14 3:59 PM EDT

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot(R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.

Published: Sept. 19, 2014 – Updated: 1:48 p.m.

The race for the 31stCongressional District in San Bernardino County is a toss-up, according to a Virginia-based government and public affairs consulting firm.

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

AP: GOP pushes diverse candidates, but will it matter?

GOP

Juliet Williams | AP
September 19, 10:05 AM

The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November’s election. The question heading into this weekend’s state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

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SacBee: End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:53 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 10:50 pm

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

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SacBee: License plate scanner networks capture movements

License Plate Scanner

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ELLIOT SPAGAT
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 8:28 am

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

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LATimes: California adds 44,200 jobs in August

Jobs

California jobs
By Tiffany Hsu and Chris Kirkham
September 19, 2014

California outpaced its recent job growth as employers added 44,200 nonfarm positions in August — far more than any other state.

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Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns

Campaigns

Democrats believe that the election outcome remains unpredictable just 46 days out.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/19/14 5:41 PM EDT Updated: 9/19/14 9:05 PM EDT

House Democrats are considering taking out a $10 million loan to help fund TV ads and get-out-the-vote operations in the run-up to Election Day, according to Democratic sources.

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NYTimes: Republicans Switch Firm Handling Obama Suit

Legal

Politics
By ASHLEY PARKER
SEPT. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande ad portrays Ruiz as tax-and-spend liberal

Published: Sept. 18, 2014 – Updated: 10:07 a.m.

A TV ad from Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande portrays his Democratic opponent as a liberal lover of big government in contrast to Nestande’s belief in the free market economy.

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

SacBee: CalPERS gets $88 million in Citi settlement

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 4:44 pm

CalPERS said Thursday it has collected $88 million from a previously-announced settlement with Citigroup Inc. over toxic mortgage securities.

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SacBee: California Republicans convene with modest goals

GOP

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:28 pm

Ron Nehring, the former California Republican Party chairman and current candidate for lieutenant governor, was campaigning this week when he posted a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge on Twitter and told his followers he was heading “deeper into opposition-held territory.”

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 18, 2014

Adding to events that have buffeted state Sen. Stephen Knight’s campaign for Congress in recent days, the former rival Democrat who had endorsed him pulled his support on Thursday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:41 pm

The California Voting Rights Act was signed by then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2002, but it was years before it began to have real-world impacts.

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The PE: ECONOMY: Inland Empire incomes rising, poverty falling

California Poverty

Census numbers for the Inland area indicate the economy is inching toward rebirth. But they also indicate that our employment picture needs a lot more work.

BY DAVID OLSON / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 17, 2014 Updated: 10:56 p.m.

In another sign that the Inland region is slowly emerging from years of economic decline, area residents’ incomes finally rose in 2013, and the poverty rate began to fall, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday.

To read story by David Olson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:03 PM PDT |

Ontario >> It seems that the storms in the City Council meetings have passed, with Tuesday night’s meeting going smoothly with no outbursts or deviation from the agenda.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:40 AM PDT | Updated: 23 hrs ago

Rialto >> An attempt to recall two Rialto Unified school board members has failed, the group has announced.

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calpers

Ted Eliopoulos is named chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the nation’s largest public pension fund.

By Marc Lifsher
September 16, 2014

California’s huge pension fund has turned to a trusted insider to take over the daunting job of directing almost $300 billion in investments, crucial to the retirement of more than 1 million current and former state and local government workers.

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NYTimes: Obama Faulted in Terror Fight, New Poll Finds

Polls

Politics
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and DALIA SUSSMAN
SEPT. 17, 2014

For the first time in his presidency, more Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of terrorism than approve of it, as discontent about his management of foreign affairs and the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria weighs on an anxious and conflicted public, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

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The Hill: House approves $1T spending bill

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 09/17/14 05:35 PM EDT

The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

SBCO SealRiverside-County-Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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Jerry Brown

In this May 28, 2014, file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown poses in his Capitol office in Sacramento,Calif. Incumbent Brown faces Republican Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official who has never held elective office, in the November election. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 8:42 am, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has $22 million in the bank and a 21-point lead in the polls, but as he seeks a historic fourth term, he’s conducting one of the most unusual re-election campaigns ever witnessed by state voters – one in which he hasn’t starred in a single TV or radio spot, campaign mailer, or Web video.

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VoiceofOC: Supervisors Turn Down Independent Ethics Oversight

Orange County Seal

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:35 pm | Updated: 8:02 am, Wed Sep 17, 2014.
By NICK GERDA

The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday rejected, for the second time since last year, a grand jury proposal for stronger ethics oversight of county government.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 10:53 pm

The Legislature was in full sausage-factory mode during the last days of the biennial session that ended on Aug. 30, spewing hundreds of bills onto Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice Tuesday after a previous trial this year had ended with jurors deadlocked 6 to 6.

By Victoria Kim
September 16, 2014

A federal court jury convicted a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a scheme aimed at hiding an inmate who had been working as a federal informant.

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LATimes: New Anthem Blue Cross plan takes on Kaiser

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By Chad Terhune
September 16, 2014

Taking aim at HMO giant Kaiser Permanente, insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining forces with several big-name hospitals and their doctors to create an unusual health plan option for employers in Southern California.

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Campaigns

By Wesley Lowery
September 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to entertain a scenario in which Democrats lose control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections, telling reporters Tuesday, “We’re doing fine.”

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InlandPolitics: Uncertainty over San Bernardino Int’l Airport marketing?

SBIA

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s once again time to take up the matter of San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA). You know that financial black hole, formerly known as Norton Air Force Base.

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Ontario International Airport

Passengers wait to board their flight to Dallas-Fort Worth at Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (File photo by John Valenzuela – Staff Photographer)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/15/14, 11:37 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

RIVERSIDE >> The 1967 agreement which gave control of then Ontario International Airport to Los Angeles will be subject to legal scrutiny next month.

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LATimes: CalPERS decides hedge funds are a sell

Photo: CalPERS board

The CalPERS board meets at headquarters in Sacramento. (Robert Durell / For The Times)

By Marc Lifsher
September 15, 2104

SACRAMENTO — The country’s biggest public pension system is getting out of hedge funds.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

California Supreme Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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SacBee: Rod Wright steps down from the California Senate

Resignation

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 – 7:32 am

Democratic state Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, resigned from the California Senate on Monday but plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

Wright sent Senate officials a resignation letter Monday stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

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Vote

The Fix
By Philip Bump
September 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

As voter registration deadlines before the November general election begin to pass, new disputes over voter registration efforts have erupted. In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrats launched a voter registration effort, angering some local Republicans. More recently, a registration effort led by a Democratic Georgia state representative — which has turned in a number of new voter applications — is being investigated by the Republican secretary of state.

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Home Construction

A new report from Beacon Economics and City National Bank points to a comeback in the Inland Empire. Above, homes being built in Rancho Cucamonga. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Economic comeback in the Inland Empire helps drive California recovery, report says
September 15, 2014

The economic recovery in California struggled through the first half of the year but now is picking up speed, driven by improvements in the real estate and the job markets, according to a quarterly report from Beacon Economics and City National Bank.

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DailyBulletin: Final closure of Rialto Municipal Airport is now almost guaranteed

Rialto-Seal

The Rialto Municipal Airport is set to close Thursday to pave way for a redevelopment project that includes residential and commercial buildings and a retail center.

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/14/14, 8:47 PM PDT |

It’s nearly guaranteed this time, after more than 10 years in the works, the shuttering of the Rialto Municipal Airport, as officials send notice to the Federal Aviation Administration of a final shut down next week.

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VVDailyPress: Candidate forums coming this week

Campaigns

ELECTION 2014

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 14, 2014 @ 10:05 am
Updated Sep 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM

VICTORVILLE — Partnering with Victor Valley College and its Associated Student Body, the Daily Press will facilitate forums on back-to-back nights this week to provide voters a chance to hear from candidates in various races impacting the High Desert.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

Those entering old age – psychologically, not necessarily chronologically – often embrace rose-tinted nostalgia, a yearning for times past when, they believe, life was better.

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Standard and Poor's

By JUDY LIN
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Sep. 14, 2014 – 9:01 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rising income inequality has led to slowing tax revenue growth in California, but the state has responded by increasing its top marginal tax rate, causing its growth rate to accelerate after 2009, according to a new study released Monday by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

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Barack Obama

President Obama has found his economic message drowned out by events abroad. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The White House didn’t plan to spend the summer consumed by foreign policy.
By George E. Condon Jr.
September 14, 2014

White House hopes for the summer were sky-high as plans were made for a messaging blitz the administration hoped would buoy struggling Democratic candidates across the country. But now, after yet another week dominated by foreign policy messes, missiles, and mayhem, President Obama has been reduced to looking for new ways to slip his preferred message into any openings he can find—even if it doesn’t seem to fit.

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The Atlantic

Russell Berman
Associated Press
Sep 14, 2014 10:00AM ET / 2014 Midterms

As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans.

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The PE: RANCHO CUCAMONGA: Mayor adds to his duties

Dennis Michael

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael is the new second vice president of the League of California Cities.

BY ERIN WALDNER / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 13, 2014 Updated: 7:55 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael
COURTESY OF RANCHO CUCAMONGA

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has become second vice president of the League of California Cities, which works to influence policy decisions affecting cities.

He will advance to first vice president in a year, provided he is re-elected mayor of Rancho Cucamonga in November. He is being challenged by businessman Jim Moffatt.

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

Court Filings

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/13/14, 11:19 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario and Los Angeles will be back in court Monday morning for significant a motion involving the takeover of LA/Ontario International Airport.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:18 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 9:33 pm

As Jerry Brown seeks his fourth term as governor this year, he’s crowing about balancing the state budget after years of deficits that piled up a “wall of debt.”

Certainly Brown deserves some of the credit.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

Scales of Justice

Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

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

Father Time

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/12/14, 7:56 PM PDT |

Rancho Cucamonga >> On Sept. 4, 2007, the founder of the largest chain of charter schools in California, C. Steven Cox, and former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt were indicted on 117 felony charges related to $5.5 million in taxpayer funds the pair allegedly mishandled.

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SacBee: Six Californias initiative fails to make 2016 ballot

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 1:53 pm

A proposed ballot measure to carve California into six states failed to qualify for the November 2016 ballot Friday after election officials determined that backers did not collect enough valid signatures.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Views of Congress remain in the doldrums

U.S. Capitol

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters continue to harbor exceedingly negative views of the work conducted by Congress and, in a major development, feelings about their own House representatives have turned sour, according to the latest Field Poll.

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SacBee: Judge sentences Sen. Rod Wright to 3 months in jail

Gavel

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 10:02 am

A state Senate roiling from turmoil this year was dealt another blow Friday when a Los Angeles judge sentenced Democratic Sen. Rod Wright to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office in 2008.

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For Sale

By Andrew Khouri
September 12, 2014

Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News and other newspapers across the country, said it will explore the sale of its publications.

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For Sale

Housing price reductions are rising in the Southland

By Tim Logan, Andrew Khouri

The latest sign that buyers are gaining leverage in Southern California’s housing market: Price cuts are back.

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Reuters: Bankrupt San Bernardino, California, can cut firefighter benefits, judge says

San Bernardino Seal

By Tim Reid
RIVERSIDE Calif. Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:51pm EDT

(Reuters) – The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

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SBCO SealRiverside-County-Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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Yucaipa City_Logo

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/11/14, 4:41 PM PDT |

YUCAIPA >> The city has reached an agreement with its managers and supervisors.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/11/14, 8:53 PM PDT |

The volume of goods coming in and out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the next 20 years is expected to double and fuel expansion of the logistics sector in the Inland Empire, according to regional economy advocates.

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Death Chamber

By Sam Stanton
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years, although more than half of the state’s registered voters still favor it, a new Field Poll has found.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 – 10:39 pm

If Republicans have any chance this year of winning statewide office in this blue state, it probably rests on the shoulders of Pete Peterson, who’s running for secretary of state, or Ashley Swearengin, the GOP candidate for state controller.

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For Sale

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/11/14, 11:32 AM PDT | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Southern California’s housing market chilled out in August with sales sinking to a four-year low for the month while the median price rose to a post-recession high, CoreLogic DataQuick reported Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: September 11, 2001 — We Remember

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

In memory of those who lost their lives on this tragic day in American history.

SBCO Seal

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:45 a.m.

The pension fund for San Bernardino County employees exceeded its assumed rate of return of 7.75% for the 2013-14 fiscal year, but that’s about it.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Police reports filed over signs?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) has filed two police reports over his signs being vandalized.

Really?

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Mark Takano

Takano

Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 9:52 a.m.

Two media outlets popular with conservatives are reporting that Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, said during a recent town hall in Jurupa Valley that the meeting wasn’t a public forum.

The Washington Times and World Net Daily quoted Beth Baumann’s account of what took place. Baumann is described by WND as “a conservative activist in a number of fields.”

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

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 11:18 a.m.

After several years of deficits and financial struggles, Riverside County Regional Medical Center should have a balanced budget this fiscal year, the county-run hospital’s interim CEO said Tuesday.

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

Eastvale-Logo-Color

BY SANDRA STOKLEY / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:01 p.m.

Eastvale will reach into its past to chart its future — at least in the near term.

Council members on Wednesday night emerged from a nearly 90-minute closed session and announced that Robert Van Nort will be brought back to serve as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found for former City Manager Carol Jacobs.

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

Perris

BY SARAH BURGE / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 8, 2014 Updated: Sept. 9, 2014 9:52 a.m.

More than two months after his arrest on suspicion of drug charges, Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez isn’t slinking quietly away.

Quite the contrary.

To read story by Sarah Burge in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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The U.S. economy will be marginally stronger in 2016, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast. Real gross domestic product is expected to swing up 3.1% next year and 3.4% in 2016.

By Tiffany Hsu
September 11, 2014

California’s “painfully plodding” economic recovery will continue its slow march through 2016, according to the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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DailyBulletin: Campaign signs for Congressional candidate Paul Chabot vandalized

Paul Chabot

Congressional candidate Paul Chabot this week filed police reports over vandalized campaign signs in Redlands.

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/09/14, 11:09 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Some campaign signs in Redlands and San Bernardino supporting Congressional Republican candidate Paul Chabot have been vandalized.

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SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/09/14, 9:55 AM PDT | Updated: 47 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Nurses for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other San Bernardino County facilities protested Tuesday outside the county Government Center, alleging static labor negotiations between the California Nurses Association and the county are jeopardizing patient safety.

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By Melanie Mason
September 9, 2014

A new level of campaign spending disclosure unveiled by the state’s ethics agency Tuesday enables voters to quickly see the top donors in this year’s ballot measure fights and other campaigns.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jerry Brown’s two big legacy projects, a north-south bullet train and twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, are approaching points of no return.

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Webster Guillory

Official didn’t personally witness signatures being collected, though he signed the form saying he did, according to the DA.

BY SEAN EMERY and TONY SAAVEDRA / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: 10:05 p.m.

Prosecutors charged Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory on Tuesday with filing false nomination papers, alleging that during his re-election bid, he claimed to have personally collected signatures on petitions that were circulated by an associate.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, were convicted in July of lying about where they lived so Alarcon could run for a seat on the council. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

By Soumya Karlamangla
September 9, 2014

Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in County Jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

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calpers

By Marc Lifsher
September 9, 2014

Taxpayers and local governments are on the hook to pay nearly $800 million stemming from “legal” pension spiking over the next two decades, the state controller said Tuesday.

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SFChronicle: California reduces water use by 7.5 percent

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Melody Gutierrez
Updated 5:26 pm, Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sacramento — Drought-stricken California reduced its water use by 7.5 percent in July, a year-over-year savings of 17 billion gallons, according to data released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

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Covered California

By JUDY LIN Associated Press
Sept. 9, 2014 – 01:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.

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Barack Obama

By Sebastian Payne
September 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s support among younger Americans has dropped again, matching his all-time low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The president now has a 43 percent approval rating among adults 18-29, which is nearly half of what it was at the beginning of his presidency.

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Politico: House GOP offers stopgap funding

Politico

By DAVID ROGERS | 9/9/14 8:38 PM EDT Updated: 9/9/14 9:12 PM EDT

House Republicans rolled out a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 but also reshaping the budget landscape in a manner that tilts toward the GOP if it should win control of the Senate in November.

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InlandPolitics: Former Upland city manager Quincey enters plea deal

Robb Quincey

Quincey

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 04:30 p.m.

Former Upland, California City manager Robb Quincey pleaded no contest to one count of conflict of interest in San Bernardino County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.

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Economy

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 09/08/14, 6:31 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Looking for full-time work?

Good luck, because a new survey from Harvard Business School reveals that U.S. business leaders are reluctant to hire full-time employees and would rather invest in technology, outsource work to third parties or hire part-time workers.

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Harvard Business

BOSTON — Monday Sep 8, 2014 – 4:12pm EDT

(Reuters) – The widening gap between America’s wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is “unsustainable”, but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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