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50 Richest Members of Congress - 2014

The 50 Richest Members of Congress in 2014 hail from both parties.

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By Adriel Bettelheim and Jay Hunter
Posted at 9 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2014

They invested in an Italian soccer team, an aquaculture business, Subway sandwich franchises, the ride-share phenomenon Uber and good old blue chip stocks and bonds.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City could overhaul ethics code again

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A 2010 review resulted in big changes to the decade-old rules of conduct, but a council committee suggests another look is necessary.

Published: Sept. 6, 2014 Updated: 5:23 p.m.

Of the 33 complaints filed and resolved under Riverside’s decade-old ethics code, none has been upheld.

To some residents, that’s a problem.

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

The Sun: Term over, Tim Donnelly says he was voice of people in Assembly

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/06/14, 11:07 PM PDT |

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, bet all his chips on his failed bid to face Jerry Brown for the governorship on Nov. 4 instead of seeking a third term in the Assembly.

Donnelly’s successor will be sworn in Dec. 1, making this past legislative session Donnelly’s last, at least for now.

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SFChronicle: Barbara Boxer re-election run looking unlikely

Barbara Boxer

Sen. Barbara Boxer, up for re-election in 2016, has less than $200,000 in her campaign account. (Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle)

Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 3:02 am, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer says she has yet to make up her mind about seeking a fifth term in 2016, but there’s no shortage of signs that the Democrat may be opting out.

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Melody Gutierrez and Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:41 pm, Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sacramento —

Secretary of State Debra Bowen says she is battling severe depression that has left her physically unable to go to work many days as she waits for the darkness to ease.

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Barack Obama

Despite a promise to act on immigration policy by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay taking action on the issue until after the November congressional elections.

By David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
September 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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InlandPolitics: A few takes, questions from California Governor debate

Jerry Brown

Brown

Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The debate between California Governor Jerry Brown and republican Neel Kashkari, held Thursday night, was somewhat entertaining.

Brown, in his elderly style, routinely patted Kashkari on the head, while Kashkari kept raising Brown’s blood pressure, by poking at him on issues.

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Jobs

September 5, 2014 – 3:37 PM
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns.

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Labor Force Participation - August 2014

September 5, 2014 – 9:07 AM
By Ali Meyer

(CNSNews.com) – A record 92,269,000 Americans 16 and older did not participate in the labor force in August, as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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VVDailyPress: McMahon pulls out of roast

John McMahon

Sheriff aims to avoid appearance of conflict of interest

By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 5, 2014 @ 6:37 pm
Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

APPLE VALLEY — Organizers announced Friday that a fundraising “roast” of San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon planned for later this month at Sunset Hills has been canceled.

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San Onofre

The San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente closed permanently in June 2013, a year and a half after defective steam generators costing $680 million leaked small amounts of radiation. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
September 5, 2014

An agreement on paying for the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente needs to be more favorable to consumers, state regulators said Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Early Democrat attack on Chabot just the beginning

Friday, September 5, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

It didn’t take long for democrats to start unloading on Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 09/04/14, 1:15 PM PDT |

A day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee debuted its television ad attacking his opponent, congressional candidate Pete Aguilar debuted his own television ad — the first of the general election — on Thursday morning.

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Ontario City Council

From left, Paul Avila, Jim Bowman and Mayor Paul Leon chat awkwardly at the end of the Ontario City Council’s third recess of the night. (David Allen/Staff)

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/04/14, 3:39 PM PDT |

Extraordinary things happened at Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting. For starters, the closed session grew so unruly that police were called in.

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By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO Calif. Thu Sep 4, 2014 11:36pm EDT

(Reuters) – The debate between Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown and his long-shot Republican opponent quickly turned to insults on Thursday, kicking off the state’s election season with disagreements over education, high-speed rail and immigration.

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Campaigns

By Jean Merl
September 4, 2014

With the fall election season shifting into high gear, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday launched cable-TV ads in two of California’s contested House races.

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Field Poll

Published: Sept. 3, 2014 Updated: 9:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama has hit a new low in job performance rating among California voters, reflecting his falling popularity among some of his strongest constituencies, according to a new Field Poll.

To read story by Martin Wicksol in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Bloomberg-Businessweek

By Karen Weise
September 04, 2014

The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.

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Healthcare.gov

The hack is not expected to affect the start of the second enrollment period.

By BRETT NORMAN | 9/4/14 5:00 PM EDT Updated: 9/4/14 8:36 PM EDT

The HealthCare.gov insurance portal succumbed to a cyberattack this summer, the government said Thursday, prompting an eruption of GOP finger-pointing and demands for hearings into the administration’s security policies for the site, where millions of Americas have registered to purchase insurance.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a TV ad that attacks Republican 31st Congressional District candidate Paul Chabot for collecting a $108,167 annual salary as a hearing commissioner for the Board of Parole Hearings in 2007.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/03/14, 1:26 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

Although Election Day is Nov. 4, the date many campaigns are worrying the most about is Oct. 6, when vote by mail ballots begin to be sent out.

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Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/02/14, 11:18 PM PDT | Updated: 17 mins ago

ONTARIO >> From calling Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada “unattractive” to threatening to report City Attorney John Brown to the California State Bar, Councilman Paul Vincent Avila unleashed torrents of insults and accusations in council chambers again this week.

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VVDailyPress: Ex-Barstow mayor pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Joe Gomez

Gomez ordered to serve 3 years probation, stay away from victim

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 3, 2014 @ 12:56 pm
Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — Former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor battery charge, ending four years of criminal proceedings drawn out by attorney changes and ongoing investigations.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown and GOP rival Neel Kashkari hold their only debate Thursday night. (Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle)

Carla Marinucci
Updated 7:55 am – Thursday, September 4, 2014

Neel Kashkari wasn’t even in grade school when Jerry Brown – in his first-ever televised gubernatorial debate – engaged in what one newspaper account described as a “slashing style of accusations and innuendo” during a “political street fight lacking even the thin veneer of courtesy.”

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CallBuzz: Can Neel Beat the Spread? Plus New Poll Numbers

Jerry Brown+Neel Kashkari

By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
September 4, 2014

California’s most prosaic election in memory, our Department of Spectator Sport Politics and Insensate Choices is girding its loins (ow!) for the fall campaign by reviewing the words of the late Senator Gene (Not Joe) McCarthy:

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Texas Flag + California Flag

By Tiffany Hsu
September 4, 2014

California is home to the busiest port complex in the country and the largest manufacturing center, but where exports are concerned, it’s neither the heaviest mover nor the top employer.

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By Kate Linthicum
September 4, 2014

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario City Council heats up with potential sanctions on councilman

Ontario

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/02/14, 11:18 PM PDT |

ONTARIO >> Councilman Paul Vincent Avila took center stage again at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. From calling Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada “unattractive” to threatening to report City Attorney John Brown to the California State Bar, Avila unleashed torrents of insults and accusations against the rest of the council.

To read entire story, click here.

Campaigns

By Michael Finnegan
September 2, 2014

The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 4:49 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

Rituals – some formal, some unspoken – are intrinsic to any society, even if they may be unfathomable to outsiders.

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PIMCO

By E. Scott Reckard
September 2, 2014

William J. Popejoy apparently has lost his longtime position as a trustee of the nearly $2-trillion Pimco mutual funds in Newport Beach, but the usually outspoken financial executive wasn’t talking about what happened.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Election season starts hot

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Politicians wade into tight California races with troops, cash.

Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 8:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON – If you feel like congressional campaigns started early – a candidate’s knock on your door, a political ad on TV – you are right.

This year, the long knives of campaign battle came out almost as soon as the last California primary vote was counted in June, especially in a handful of tight races where Democrats or Republicans see an opportunity to nab a seat in the House of Representatives.

To read story by Cathy Taylor in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

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Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

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

Field Poll

By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 9:10 am

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 2, 2014

A small but affluent Orange County city, with a current staff of only a half dozen employees, would have to pay about $3.6 million to leave CalPERS, the giant state pension system estimated two years ago.

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money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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VVDailyPress: Complaint filed over VVC bond spending

Victor Valley College

Citizens Bond Oversight members allege money illegally spent

Brooke Self, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 31, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

VICTORVILLE — A member of the Victor Valley College Measure JJ Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has filed a complaint with the San Bernardino County District Attorney about bond funds he believes were illegally spent.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 1, 2014 – 9:57 am

As Gov. Jerry Brown runs for re-election, he has adopted “California Comeback” – voiced during his State of the State address in January – as his informal slogan.

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Hmmm

By Kenneth R. Harney
August 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — If you’ve got it, tap it. That appears to be the strategy for growing numbers of homeowners across the country who have begun taking out home equity credit lines at a rapidly accelerating pace.

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Drought

The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19 in Oroville, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Nick Kirkpatrick
August 28, 2014

A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.

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Hand Out

August 29, 2014 | 12:03 PM | By state of health
By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Consumers getting government subsidies for health insurance who are later found ineligible for those payments will owe the government, but not necessarily the full amount, according to the Treasury Department.

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InlandPolitics: GOP committment for Chabot?

GOP

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Will the GOP commit resources into the campaign of Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga)?

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State Capitol

By Chris Megerian
August 30, 2014

It was past dark when a contingent of Republican senators filed into Gov. Jerry Brown’s Capitol office as the deadline loomed for a plan to overhaul California’s aging water system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 – 12:00 am

The close of the Legislature’s 2012-14 biennial session also marks the end of a noteworthy period – Jerry Brown’s third term as governor and the reigns of the Legislature’s two top leaders.

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California Money

By Chris Kirkham
August 30, 2014

California’s economic recovery has featured a growing share of lower-wage jobs, raising concerns about the opportunities for middle-class workers hit hard by the Great Recession, a new analysis finds.

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InlandPolitics: California Legislature bans free ski outtings?

Skiing

Saturday, August 30, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

The California Senate and Assembly concluded their 2013-2014 legislative sessions early Saturday morning. The end was met with the usual flurry of last minute votes and arguments over the passage of bills covering a wide spectrum of issues.

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IEBusinessDaily: Interesting Race for Redlands City Council

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The City of Redlands will elect three council members on November 4th. Seven candidates have successfully filed for the race including two incumbents, a former county supervisor, a former public information officer, an insurance agent, a tattoo parlor owner, and a “domestic engineer.” Council member Bob Gardner decided not to seek reelection leaving an open seat.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 3

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Published: Aug. 29, 2014 – Updated: 10:46 a.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and his Republican challenger, Assemblyman Brian Nestande of Palm Desert, will participate in a televised debate on Oct. 3.

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

EVWD

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 08/29/14, 10:19 PM PDT | Updated: 56 secs ago

HIGHLAND>> The East Valley Water District has implemented outdoor watering restrictions in its 27.7-mile service area, following orders from the state to reduce water use during the drought.

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

Lawmakers early Saturday approved a measure that would prohibit elected officials from soliciting contributions for nonprofit groups controlled by the official or a family member and that would limit the personal use of campaign funds.

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Money

By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

California lawmakers approved a measure Saturday that would require the state to develop a new Internet-based campaign filing and public display system and that candidates file electronic disclosures of their campaign finances every calendar quarter, instead of the current semi-annual filing schedule.

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SacBee: California plastic bag ban heads to Jerry Brown

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 – 11:36 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 – 11:44 am

California lawmakers narrowly approved a sweeping plastic bag ban Friday, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown to decide the fate of the controversial bill in an election year.

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By Patrick McGreevy
August 30, 2014

The state Senate on Friday acted on stricter ethics rules meant to restore public confidence in the Legislature after three senators were charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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SJMercuryNews: California marijuana market poised to explode

Medical Marijuana

By Patrick May
pmay@mercurynews.com

Posted: 08/29/2014 05:51:09 PM PDT61 Comments
Updated: 08/29/2014 08:51:39 PM PDT

Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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Politico

By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 8/29/14 4:51 PM EDT Updated: 8/30/14 7:26 AM EDT

DALLAS – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a Friday afternoon speech that sounded a lot like presidential red meat, accused President Barack Obama of overstepping his constitutional authority and abdicating national defense at home and abroad.

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The PE: EASTVALE: City Manager Jacobs resigns

 Resignation

Published: Aug. 28, 2014 – Updated: 3:30 p.m.

Eastvale City Manager Carol Jacobs resigned, effective immediately, during a closed session at Wednesday night’s city council meeting, City Attorney John Cavanaugh said Thursday.

Cavanaugh will serve as city manager at least until the Sept. 10 city council meeting, when the council may announce an interim city manager.

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

SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

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Chino Hills Logo

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/27/14, 8:57 PM PDT |

CHINO HILLS >> A cartoon version of Mayor Ed Graham flexed tattooed arms on the screen Wednesday night in the City Council Chambers during the annual State of the City address. The event, attended by more than 100 people, highlighted the achievements of the city, its current state and the direction that it’s going.

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No Guns

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 5:21 pm

As the California Legislature churned toward adjournment this week, it was considering – as usual – new laws to inhibit gun ownership, adding to what are already, for better or worse, the nation’s most restrictive gun controls.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
Augs=ust 28, 2014

A state commission decided unanimously Thursday to confirm the appointment of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court, paving the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s second high-court nominee this term to take the bench in January.

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UTSanDiego: Cities lose ‘prevailing wage’ case

Highway Construction

Tentative ruling upholds state law requiring generally higher pay on most public projects

By Mark Walker2:45 p.m.Aug. 28, 2014Updated4:39 p.m.

An attempt by several cities to overturn a state law that forces them to choose between paying generally higher or “prevailing” wages on most public works projects or lose state construction dollars has been turned aside in a tentative court ruling.

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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

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The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
August 28, 2014

To address the problem of rape on campuses, California colleges and universities would have to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity under a proposal passed by state lawmakers Thursday.

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SacBee: California senators’ final-month fundraising down from 2013

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By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 12:07 pm

The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have Capitol lobbyists.

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Handcuffs

By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 10:22 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 8:57 am

Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California’s 25 largest cities.

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The Hill: Could Romney really run?

Mitt Romney

(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The Hill

By Peter Sullivan – 08/27/14 06:29 PM EDT

Mitt Romney is in demand, and it’s raising speculation about another White House run, however far-fetched that might seem.

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Politico: Poll: Romney breaks away in Iowa

Mitt Romney

According to the poll, 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for him if he ran. | AP Photo

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ and KENDALL BREITMAN | 8/27/14 3:05 PM EDT Updated: 8/27/14 3:29 PM EDT

The day after Mitt Romney opened the door to another possible presidential run, a new poll shows he has a huge lead among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucus voters.

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The Sun: Termination process of Colton city manager nears end

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/26/14, 6:01 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Colton >> City officials are wrapping up final steps this week related to last week’s firing of City Manager Stephen Compton.

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DailyBulletin: Upland mulls on-officer video cameras

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/24/14, 5:50 PM PDT | Updated: 19 secs ago

UPLAND >> A City Council subcommittee has approved a proposal to provide the police department with on-officer video cameras.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 – 4:32 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 – 7:55 am

The arrest of Ben Hueso, a Democratic state senator from San Diego, on suspicion of drunken driving very early one morning was not a particularly unusual event.

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money in hand

By Patrick McGreevy
August 26, 2014

With two of its members accused of accepting payments for favors, the California Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would double the restitution fines for legislators and city council members convicted of accepting a bribe in exchange for influence on official action.

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OCRegister: You bought insurance, but are you covered?

Health Calculator

BY EMILY BAZAR / CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST
Published: Aug. 26, 2014 Updated: Aug. 27, 2014 8:01 a.m.

A worrisome trend is emerging among some Californians who thought they were safe and secure under Covered California: Their plans are being canceled without consent and sometimes without notice.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Ex-councilman details accusations against former colleagues

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City Council members denounce Jeff DeGrandpre’s allegations as “lies” and “falsehoods”

Published: Aug. 22, 2014 Updated: Aug. 23, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Former Eastvale City Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre has detailed allegations that some of his former colleagues took part in “back-door dealing” and met illegally – accusations they denounced as lies.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino charter change arguments set

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 08/25/14, 6:30 PM PDT | Updated: 6 mins ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The statements voters will find on their ballots arguing for and against changing the city charter are decided.

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Paul Chabot

Chabot

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/25/14, 2:55 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose 31st Congressional District seat was considered the most vulnerable in the upcoming election, has formally handed the baton to candidate Paul Chabot, announcing his endorsement in a news release on Monday.

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VVDailyPress: Trial close for former Barstow mayor

Joe Gomez

CRIMINAL COURTS
After long delays, sexual battery case looms next week
SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 25, 2014 @ 4:42 pm
Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Delayed for years by attorney changes, ongoing investigation and scheduling conflicts, the misdemeanor sexual battery trial for former Barstow Mayor Joe Gomez is expected to finally get underway next week, the case’s prosecutor said Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 9:21 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 11:11 pm

As the 2012-14 biennial legislative session entered its final week Monday, it was evident – with very few exceptions – that big public policy issues have given way to conflicts among moneyed interests.

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CPR: Atkins May Consider New Assembly Rules About Drinking

Mixed Drink

Katie Orr
Monday, August 25, 2014 | Sacramento, CA

California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says she’ll have to consider whether to create rules about drinking in the Assembly following the alleged drunken driving arrest of Senator Ben Huseo. Hueso is a San Diego Democrat and was photographed on the Assembly balcony with a drink in his hand several hours before his arrest.

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National Journal

Financial reports filed this week detail the people—almost all of them men—who gave the most money to super PACs last month.

By Scott Bland and Adam Wollner
August 22, 2014

Super PACs spent July beefing up for the fall campaign. Many groups filed new disclosure reports this week, leaving a paper trail littered with big checks from big names.

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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

U.S. House of Representatives

Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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The Atlantic: California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

High-Speed Rail

The Atlantic

“Bad, bad, bad,” and other critiques
James Fallows
Aug 24 2014, 11:30 PM ET

If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. It is the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which had its genesis before Jerry Brown’s second coming as California’s governor but is now his signature project as he runs for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term. For previous installments see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, and No. 7.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:31 am

It’s no secret that quite a few state legislators actually live outside districts they represent even though state law and constitution require them to reside in their districts.

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Calpensions: Image-sensitive CalPERS has down week in media

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By Ed Mendel
August 25, 2014

Last week was not a good one for CalPERS, which carefully tracks mentions of the giant pension system in the media and gives each story a rating of positive, neutral or negative.

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