Archive for December 20th, 2010

The PE: POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Baca back in familiar territory


10:00 PM PST on Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Four of the five members of Inland Southern California’s congressional delegation are poised to return to the majority party when Republicans take back control of the House of Representatives next month.

And then there is Joe Baca. The Rialto Democrat has enjoyed majority status for the past four years, but will be relegated to the House minority, at least for the next two years.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace to decide council selection method

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/19/2010 06:08:19 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – The City Council will decide whether to elect or appoint the fifth member of the body at a special meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The council was scheduled to decide how to fill the seat, which opened up when Walt Stanckiewitz became mayor, at its regular meeting Dec. 14.

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DailyBulletin: Hearing for Pomona councilwoman postponed


Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 12/19/2010 10:23:09 PM PST

POMONA – An arraignment hearing was postponed for a Pomona councilwoman charged with stealing a campaign sign.

Ginna Escobar was set to be arraigned Friday, but her attorney appeared Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court and had the hearing postponed to Jan. 10.

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As the Citizens Redistricting Commission begins its work next month, members say, the 23rd Congressional District — which snakes 200 miles up the California coast — will be a good reminder of what not to do.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2010, 8:59 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento —

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refers to it as the “ribbon of shame,” a congressional district that stretches in a reed-thin line 200 miles along the California coast from Oxnard to the Monterey County line. Voters there refer to it as “the district that disappears at high tide.”

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Calbuzz: The Calbuzz Plan for Budget Reform and World Peace

December 20, 2010

Thirty-two years ago, over the strenuous objections from then-Gov. Jerry Brown and nearly every Democratic and Republican official in public life, California voters passed Proposition 13 by 65-35%, slashing property taxes and requiring a two-thirds vote to increases local taxes of virtually any sort.

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Calpensions: UC pensions: Did regents solve the problem?

December 20, 2010
By Ed Mendel

UC regents approved a painful plan to begin closing a $21 billion retirement funding gap last week, getting support from faculty and staff groups despite a bite from their paychecks, higher health costs for most retirees, and lower pensions for new hires.

The plan emerged from a broad-based task force and suggestions from the university community that, fittingly, could be a model for a “collegial” approach to building support among stakeholders for retirement reform.

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