Archive for November 23rd, 2010

The PE: Many in area set to lose jobless benefits

06:53 AM PST on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Congress appears unlikely to act in time to prevent unemployment benefits from expiring next week for millions of jobless Americans, as lawmakers are sharply divided over whether a costly extension of the program is in the nation’s best interest.

Coming on the cusp of the holiday season, the current Nov. 30 expiration would hit particularly hard in Inland Southern California. At 14.2 percent, the Inland area’s jobless rate is far above the national average of 9.0 percent.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Trimming Benefits

10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 22, 2010

Cassie Macduff

Outrage over the Bell scandal has prompted cities and counties to trim some benefits officials have enjoyed for years.

Recently, the city of Redlands and San Bernardino County each took steps to rein in top officials’ perks.

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The PE: 2 quit, 4 disciplined in police sex scandal

06:49 AM PST on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Two Rialto police officers have quit and four others have been disciplined following an internal investigation into allegations that officers had sex with strip club employees at a police union building.

Rialto Police Chief Mark Kling said he had been pursuing the termination of the two officers believed to have engaged in sex while on duty, but they ended up resigning.

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The PE: Barstow water emergency continues

10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 22, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Barstow endured its fourth day of a water emergency Monday, but the city’s mayor said he expects all tap water to be safe to drink by Thanksgiving Day.

An advisory not to drink or cook with tap water — issued Friday after chemical contamination was found — remained in effect in the eastern part of the city, although restrictions had been lifted in areas to the west and north.

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AV, VV government compensation details now posted on state website
November 22, 2010 3:38 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

Nearly 60 city and town employees in the Victor Valley made more than $100,000 in 2009, according to the state Controller’s new database on local government compensation.

State Controller John Chiang recently announced new salary and benefits reporting requirements for all California cities and counties on the heels of public outrage over salary scandals among city of Bell employees.

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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 11/22/2010 04:47:55 PM PST

POMONA – Three weeks after the Pomona City Council elections are still being counted and the margin in the District 5 race is a close one.

In the most recent election result update, made available late Friday, by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Record/County Clerk District 5 Challenger Ginna Escobar is ahead of Councilman Tim Saunders by 63 votes.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Public Safety

November 23, 2010 | Ryan Gabrielson

Even as the number of uncounted ballots dwindles, the outcome of the California attorney general’s race has not become more certain.

Harris photo Steve Rhodes/FlickrSteven Cooley and Kamala Harris

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Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One of the most tantalizing mysteries in California’s 2010 gubernatorial election involved the connection between one of the state’s poorest women and one of its wealthiest.

How did an undocumented, Mexican-born housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, end up in the national spotlight, boldly confronting her former boss, billionaire GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman?

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
November 22, 2010 | 4:54 pm

California on Monday increased the size of a tax-free municipal bond sale amid strong demand, as investors were lured by the recent jump in yields in the muni market.

Even after lifting the size of the sale to $1.25 billion from $1 billion the state had more orders than it could fill. That means some individual investors will be shut out.

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By Matt Weiser
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California water officials on Monday announced a 25 percent delivery forecast for customers who depend on the State Water Project.

The projection is preliminary, and usually increases over the course of winter. It primarily concerns urban areas in the south San Francisco Bay Area and in the Los Angeles-San Diego metro areas, which depend on the State Water Project for a significant share of their supplies. It has no bearing on the Sacramento area, except as a general guide to statewide precipitation amounts.

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