Archive for February 7th, 2011

InlandPolitics Commentary: Brown’s budget plan: Dump on counties?

Monday, February 7, 2011 – 5:15 a.m.

When one reads about California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed fixes for the state’s ailing budget, one thing is becoming crystal clear.

The return of the words ‘unfunded mandate’ is upon us.

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10:00 PM PST on Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino city attorney’s office has asked the county district attorney to investigate a possible conflict of interest involving Councilman Jason Desjardins.

Desjardins, who represents the city’s 2nd Ward on the council, owns one of six towing companies that contract with the city to tow and impound vehicles.

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10:25 PM PST on Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione never expected that his rise through the ranks of California’s counties association would top out just as state leaders proposed a sweeping shake-up of government services.

Tavaglione, president of the California State Association of Counties, is the group’s point person in tense, high-level Capitol negotiations on shifting billions of dollars’ worth of foster care, low-level prison inmates, fire protection and other state responsibilities to counties.

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The PE: REDLANDS: Water and sewer rates probably going up

10:28 PM PST on Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Redlands residents will receive notices this week that their water and sewer rates are likely to increase by 5 to 6 percent annually over the next three years.

The City Council agreed last week to rate increases of 5.5 percent for water and 5 percent for sewer this year.

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The Sun: IHSS under threat

Proposed cuts attacked
Clients, providers defend need for in-home services
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/06/2011 07:01:57 AM PST

Patricia Crouch’s hands shake.

She sometimes has trouble opening pill bottles. She needs help bathing, dressing and cooking.

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The Sun: Mandatory co-pays sought

Brown says they could save half a billion annually
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/06/2011 07:02:01 AM PST

If the Legislature approves Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, poor and disabled Californians insured by the state’s safety-net health insurance program would have to start paying for some services.

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The Sun: Colton looks at sports for budget cuts

CJUSD needs to trim $10.5M
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/06/2011 09:25:13 PM PST

COLTON – As the Colton Joint Unified School District tries to shave $10.5 million from its budget by June, coaches are arguing that proposed cuts to sports programs would rob students of irreplaceable lessons.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/06/2011 07:01:36 AM PST

If the governor’s proposal to abolish redevelopment agencies becomes a reality, Montclair will have to fund a couple of full-time positions and find ways to support wages and benefits for a number of other full-time positions.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/06/2011 07:01:41 AM PST

CLAREMONT – The Claremont Unified School District search for an interim superintendent has produced an interview for one candidate with two more planned in coming weeks.

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LATimes: AOL to buy Huffington Post for $315 million

As part of the deal, Arianna Huffington will oversee a new AOL division responsible for bringing together all editorial content from both companies.

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2011

In a bid to make itself relevant again, struggling Internet pioneer AOL Inc. announced late Sunday that it would buy the Huffington Post, the well-known news and opinion site, for $315 million in cash and stock.

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InlandPolitics: Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers

Winners of Super Bowl XLV