Archive for December 30th, 2010

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Officials pay zero toward pensions

Thursday, December 30, 2010 – 12:45 p.m.

A large disparity exists when it comes to who pays what towards pensions in San Bernardino County government.

With looming pension obligation payments of more than $120 million due to its retirement system over the next two years, county leaders are expected to once again ask employees for concessions.

This time pension-related.

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By PE News
on December 29, 2010 1:42 PM

With the formal nomination period still more than a year away, a third candidate has announced he’ll run for the Riverside mayor’s seat in 2012.

Ron Woodbury, a business consultant and artist, on Tuesday (12/28) filed papers declaring he’ll run for the job and that he doesn’t plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 on his campaign, City Clerk Colleen Nicol said.

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The PE: DA LAWSUIT: Pacheco action against county dismissed


10:27 PM PST on Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

A lawsuit that Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed against county executives and the board of supervisors over his demand to hire more staff was dismissed Wednesday.

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The Sun: Experts: Gas prices to hit $4 next year

Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino and Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writers
Posted: 12/29/2010 08:42:50 PM PST

Diana Czarnecki still remembers a couple of years ago watching in disbelief as a driver of a sport-utility vehicle pumped $108 worth of gas into the vehicle.

“It was ridiculous,” said Czarnecki, who commutes from San Bernardino to Rancho Cucamonga. “I was so thankful for my $50 bill.”

But after a two-year reprieve, the sticker-shock experience that Czarnecki dealt with may be returning to a gas station near you – crude oil prices are nearing $100 a barrel and experts predict $4-per-gallon gas at the pump in 2011.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/29/2010 04:18:20 PM PST

UPLAND – An FBI and IRS raid was the biggest news out of this city in 2010, leaving some people hopeful the investigation’s conclusion will be the big news in 2011.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/29/2010 04:18:20 PM PST

UPLAND – FBI and IRS agents raided City Hall and the mayor’s home in June, causing many residents in thes city to question the integrity of their government in the last half of 2010.

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LATimes: Californians’ tax relief could be short-lived

Temporary taxes enacted in 2009 are set to expire but some legislators would like to extend them to help balance the budget as the state faces a $28-billion deficit.

By Shane Goldmacher and Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento and Los Angeles —

The new year is set to bring some financial cheer to roughly 11 million Californians in the form of lower state income taxes and fatter paychecks, but some in Sacramento are considering ways to roll back the tax relief, calling it unaffordable for a state staring at a $28-billion deficit.

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SacBee: Brown plans to take tax hike to voters in June

By David Siders
Published: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 – 8:23 am

Gov.-elect Jerry Brown will propose a ballot measure to extend temporary tax hikes set to expire next year, while pressuring fellow Democrats to consent to billions of dollars in spending cuts in virtually every area of state government, sources said.

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