Archive for February 28th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County budget cuts???

Monday, February 28, 2011 – 09:50 a.m.

Where are San Bernadino County’s budget cuts?

It’s March already, which means two-thirds of the current fiscal year has slipped away, with still no meaningful reductions other than a hiring freeze.


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The PE: POLITCAL NOTEBOOK: Baca vs. Lewis in 2012?



10:00 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

As a new independent panel prepares to draw new political lines and congressional districts in time for the 2012 elections, a pair of veteran Inland House members are already sparring over the possibility they could be fighting over a seat.

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11:06 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

People looking to stand outside a Riverside County government building and sell their goods or services could soon be out of luck.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will discuss whether to draft a local law banning unauthorized solicitation on county property.

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The PE: Issa team’s ties draw scrutiny




WATCHDOG: An expert says it’s not unusual for staffers to be close to subjects being examined.

10:35 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Watchdog Institute

WASHINGTON – First as ranking minority member and now as chairman of one of the most powerful watchdog committees in Congress, Inland Rep. Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations.

Issa, R-Vista, took control of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last month, and asked companies, nonprofit organizations and industry associations for guidance on federal regulations. The committee has broad powers to subpoena and investigate government and industry.

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The PE: Inside Rep. Darrell Issa’s Investigation Machine

10:42 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – It’s shortly after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday. The day’s first signs of life emerge on Capitol Hill, as staffers trudge to work with newspapers tucked underarm and their eyes glued to smart phones.

But inside the offices that house the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, the Darrell Issa investigation machine is in full swing. Phones are continually ringing. Men and women with huge stacks of reports and thick binders dart in and out of meetings in still-undecorated conference rooms.

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The Sun: Jobs in holding pattern

Companies likely to retain current workers
Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/27/2011 08:14:31 PM PST

People can begin to feel some relief after recent reports suggest that layoffs have declined for now.

Economists agree that businesses are less likely to make staff cuts, while unemployment figures are not expected to drop.

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DailyBulletin: On Upland agenda: picking a new mayor

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2011 07:02:28 AM PST

Who’s going to replace the Upland mayor who stepped down last week with almost two years left in his term?

On Tuesday, the City Council will discuss the options now that John “JP” Pomierski has resigned. The council, led by interim Mayor Brendan Brandt, has 60 days to decide whether to appoint someone or hold a special election.

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DailyBulletin: Level pay pushed for subs



Dutton: Bill would save schools millions
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2011 07:02:29 AM PST

Sen. Bob Dutton has introduced a bill that would save money for local school districts by creating a statewide pay scale for all substitute teachers.

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Public input sought on new transmission corridor through Hesperia, Lucerne
February 27, 2011 2:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

HESPERIA • Southern California Edison is planning a $750 million project to enable new renewable energy development in the Mojave Desert to connect to the power grid.

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Posted at 12:58 PM on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
By DON THOMPSON – Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After weeks of political maneuvering in the Capitol, the coming month will go a long way toward determining how California’s massive budget deficit will be resolved.

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Capitol and California – Dan Walters
By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Transparency is a bedrock principle of effective governance and consumer protection; one cannot make rational political, personal or financial decisions unless one has information about their potential consequences.

That’s why we have open election, meeting and records laws, that’s why food and over-the-counter drug packages have extensive data about their contents and that’s why banks must tell borrowers what interest rates they will be paying, to cite just a few obvious examples.

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By Ed Mendel
February 28, 2011

After the stock market crash punched a big hole in their CalPERS investment funds, a new report says 26 local government agencies reduced pension benefits — but nearly 200 cities, counties and fire and water districts increased pension benefits.

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