Archive for February 13th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Local newspapers under intense budget pressure, employees affected

Sunday, February 13, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Three local newspapers appear to be under intense budget pressure, with their respective reporters and staff being the people deeply affected.

A situation most likely a symptom of a continued nationwide drop in print circulation, courtesy of the Internet and electronic age.

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The PE: Stone proposes pension reductions

08:37 PM PST on Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to put the heat on one of the county’s largest and most powerful unions.

In a proposal headed before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Stone is asking county staff to analyze public-safety pension costs and gather information about a potential ballot measure that would reduce retirement benefits.

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10:00 PM PST on Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

About two weeks after defending his use of a take-home city car, Riverside Councilman Paul Davis said he’s willing to talk about changing the car policy.

And with another councilman having turned in his city car last month, the balance on the council may have shifted.

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The Sun: Jobs key to land planning


Kelly takes helm of county agency
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/12/2011 02:48:36 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Land Use Services Department has endured big problems and has undergone major changes in the past two years.

Plagued by a $6 million deficit blamed on accounting errors and poor planning, 61 positions were eliminated in the embattled department, and its two top administrators were asked to retire in September 2009.

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DailyBulletin: Cities fight back

Redevelopment in bull’s-eye

$1.7B at stake as Brown proposes closing agencies
Wendy Leung and Liset Marquez, Staff Writers
Created: 02/12/2011 07:07:18 AM PST

Gov. Jerry Brown has a lot of ideas on how to close the $25.4 billion budget gap.

But it’s the idea that would get him $1.7 billion closer that has all the local officials in an uproar.

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February 12, 2011 3:00 PM
By Natasha Lindstrom and Brooke Edwards, Staff Writers

Local leaders are blasting accusations that redevelopment agencies are ineffective at spurring jobs and construction, as Gov. Jerry Brown pitches dismantling the agencies in his proposed state budget.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville refunds $500K to EB-5 investor

18 more investors wait while city appeals termination of program
February 12, 2011 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city agreed to refund $500,000 to an Asian investor who loaned the money through Victorville’s EB-5 program — a program that’s since been terminated by the federal government.

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04:31 PM PST on Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The grocery business is no picnic these days. Costs are up, profits are down and competition for the American food dollar has grown increasingly intense.

Like other businesses heavily concentrated in the Inland Empire, Stater Bros. has been hit with the worst the recession has had to offer, including unemployment rates that hovered in the 15 percent range and home-foreclosure rates among the highest in the country.

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By Peter Hecht
Published: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Alarmed by a police backlash against pot dispensaries in some California cities, lawmakers and advocates for medical marijuana are calling for statewide regulation of medical cannabis stores and new laws to clarify rules under which they operate.

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By Michael Doyle
Published: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

WASHINGTON – Rep. Kevin McCarthy is a youthful-looking, silver-haired gent still finding his way as California’s highest-ranking GOP lawmaker.

Following some embarrassing new smudges on his Capitol Hill won-loss record, the Republican representing Bakersfield, in California’s southern Central Valley, must demonstrate anew the vote-wrangling skills demanded of him as House majority whip.

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