Archive for April 2nd, 2011

WSJ: Opinion: We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers


More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.

April 1, 2011

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

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The PE: Dutton and Emmerson of different minds on Brown


Bill Emmerson and Bob Dutton


By PE Politics
April 1, 2011 11:00 AM

They have extensive San Bernardino roots, represented the same Assembly district, and share similar brands of Republican politics that have led them to part from their caucus over the years.

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The PE: Dutton and Brown: They agree on at least one thing

By PE Politics
on April 1, 2011 1:10 PM

It’s been a week of angry words between Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton over who is to blame for the collapse of talks on ballot measures to extend higher taxes.

But they are of the same mind on at least one thing.

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10:21 PM PDT on Friday, April 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Monday will consider a pension-reform plan that could save the county more than $200 million over the next 10 years.

The plan would provide lower retirement benefits for newly hired workers, require employees to contribute more toward their own pensions and increase the retirement age for public-safety personnel.

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John Lavallee, Redistricting Assistance for San Bernardino County mapping out area for congressional, state Assembly and state Senate district boundaries Thursday night at a office at 475 S.Arrowhead Avenue near Mills Street in San Bernardino. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 04/01/2011 04:25:55 PM PDT

In the coming months, San Bernardino County residents might have a chance to draw their own proposed boundaries for the county’s five supervisorial districts, and they might be able to do so from their own living rooms.

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DailyBulletin: Gov. Brown chides Dutton, plans IE visit



By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 04/01/2011 06:50:05 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday took a swipe at state Senate minority leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, saying Dutton and other Republicans lack the courage necessary to balance the state’s budget.

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District’s law firm will handle the investigation
April 01, 2011 4:54 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • The Hesperia Unified school board has begun an investigation into allegations made against Superintendent Mark McKinney.

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By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— The chairman of the state tax board violated campaign finance rules when he didn’t disclose his involvement in a contentious Inglewood school board race and faces fines of $13,000, according to state ethics officials.

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Federal officials have still not published any official data on nuclear fallout from Japan disaster
By John Upton on April 1, 2011 – 6:34 p.m. PDT

Radiation from Japan rained on Berkeley during recent storms at levels that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times and has been detected in multiple milk samples, but the U.S. government has still not published any official data on nuclear fallout here from the Fukushima disaster.

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Southern California — this just in
April 1, 2011 | 2:33 pm

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has agreed to pay nearly $42,000 in fines to resolve state and city investigations into his practice of accepting tickets to sports events, concerts and pricey entertainment activities without reporting them as gifts, officials said Friday.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Friday, Apr. 1, 2011 – 2:16 pm

CalPERS is switching a $570 million commercial real estate portfolio to a Los Angeles firm.

The switch is the latest in a series of moves as CalPERS continues to adjust its battered real estate holdings.

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LATimes: Job growth lifts outlook on economy

Unemployment rate reaches a two-year low as companies add 216,000 workers to the payrolls.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Alana Semuels and Paul West, Los Angeles Times
April 2, 2011

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— The nation’s job-creation engine revved up last month and pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in two years, spreading optimism that the economic recovery is firmly in place and giving President Obama a political boost.

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More than 700 bills, many of them similar to new laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, have been introduced in nearly every state in the country. GOP officials are emboldened, but union supporters are girding for a fight.

Protesters gather outside the statehouse in Indianapolis in February to oppose Republican anti-union legislation. More than 700 bills have been introduced across the country since measures were passed in Wisconsin and Ohio. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press / April 1, 2011)

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2011, 5:53 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— More than 700 bills have been introduced in virtually every state. Nearly half of the states are considering legislation to limit public employees’ collective bargaining rights. Unions are girding for a fight.

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