Archive for March 7th, 2011

BusinessWeek: Brown Says Republican Votes Still Absent for California Budget

March 07, 2011, 6:00 PM EST
By Michael B. Marois

March 7 (Bloomberg) — California Governor Jerry Brown said he lacks enough Republican votes to pass his budget, which calls for extending $9.3 billion in tax increases, and may miss his self-imposed deadline for approval.

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The Sun: DA Ramos to discuss Sheriff’s Department scandal

By Joe Nelson
Posted: 03/07/2011 05:11:00 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos will hold a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to announce developments in a scandal at the Sheriff’s Department regarding an ongoing Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) investigation.

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VVDailyPress: FBI investigates Victorville

No charges have been filed
March 06, 2011 9:00 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The FBI has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and the San Bernardino County grand jury in investigating Victorville’s finances and practices, marking the first probe that’s clearly focused on uncovering potential criminal activity within the city.

At least one local person has been questioned by the FBI in recent weeks regarding Victorville issues.

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DesertSun: Former President George W. Bush to speak tonight

Appearance tops off visit to desert
Mar. 7, 2011 | 06:47 a.m.
Written by Jamie Lee Pricer, The Desert Sun

Capping a short and mostly private visit to the Coachella Valley with his wife, former President George W. Bush will speak tonight at the 19th annual Desert Town-Indian Wells lecture series.

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InlandPolitics: Another clip from the 2008 Upland campaigns

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Monday, March 7, 2011 – 11:06 a.m.

Another blast from the past in 2008 Upland City Council and Mayoral races.

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InlandPolitics: Ouch! Hit to the pocket book

Monday, March 7, 2011 – 10:37 a.m.

There is high volatility in the crude oil market this morning as continued unrest in the Middle East is causing nervousness over potential supply interruptions.

Light Sweet Crude has been gyrating in a range of $104 to $107 per barrel.

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/06/2011 10:25:59 PM PST

California’s political watchdog has released annual reports showing the gifts given to state lawmakers as well as their investments and income.

The forms, called statements of economic interest, show most San Bernardino County lawmakers are well-invested and commonly receive gifts from interest groups.

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The PE: Scant ‘re’ in Inland-area’s redevelopment roots

10:38 PM PST on Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

SACRAMENTO – Redevelopment in Riverside and San Bernardino counties historically has been as much about the “development” part of the process as the “re,” agency records show.

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The Sun: Action dips at Indian casinos

California fares worse than U.S.
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/06/2011 07:02:39 AM PST

For the first time, Indian gaming revenue showed a national decline in 2009, according to the annual Indian Gaming Industry Report by Casino City Press.

Nationwide, gaming revenue at Indian casinos declined 1 percent in 2009, and the $3.2 billion in non-gaming revenue – such as food and beverage sales, lodging and entertainment – declined 4 percent from 2008.

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DailyBulletin: Pension reform back on agenda

But GOP, Dems disagree on plan
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 03/06/2011 10:26:04 PM PST

With California facing $115 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, Inland Valley legislators want something done about it, but they disagree on steps to sustainability.

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Cari Thomas

Highest fundraisers ousted from incumbent seats
March 06, 2011 2:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • Bringing in the most campaign money isn’t the key to securing a seat on the Adelanto City Council.

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10:49 PM PST on Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Canyon Lake council members will decide Thursday whether to ask residents to pay a public safety tax to support police and fire protection services.

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Jerry Brown


By Jack Chang
Published: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 – 12:09 am

Even if lawmakers approve a California budget deal in floor votes expected this week, advocates say they’ve just begun to fight big cuts in the works for redevelopment agencies, developmentally disabled services and other swaths of the state budget.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 12A
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 – 12:21 am

How much is California’s public employee pension system underfunded? Determining that is about as easy as predicting the stock market.

Those who believe pensions are manageable often assume higher rates of investment return, while critics assume slower growth rates.

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SJMercuryNews: Pensions emerge as key issue in budget talks

By Don Thompson
Associated Press
Posted: 03/06/2011 05:23:02 PM PST
Updated: 03/07/2011 05:33:32 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — A partisan split on how to change California’s massively underfunded pension systems is playing an increasingly prominent role in the debate over Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to fix the state’s woeful budget.

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Calpensions: Budget-busting pensions spark ballot measures

By Ed Mendel
March 7, 2011

Los Angeles leads off Tuesday with a modest ballot measure aimed at curbing pension costs, which are threatening to take a big bite out of the budgets of California’s three major coastal cities.

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A changing of the guard at California’s political ethics headquarters has spawned a dispute over whether the push for transparency in government has gone too far in cases of politicians accused of misconduct.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

A new debate has Capitol watchers asking a provocative question: In a state where mudslinging is routine and elected officials are disdained by many voters, will even politicians be presumed innocent?

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By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2011, 6:57 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento —

In addition to addressing the state’s $25-billion deficit this year, the Legislature is making time for some other less pressing matters: Caffeinated beer. Spaceships. How to properly describe a dog pound.

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