Archive for April 7th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Crude oil price spikes again!

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 11:25 a.m.

The price oil crude oil is spiking again in afternoon trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude is now hovering around the $110.00 per barrel mark.


Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

It is said the application of justice is suppose to be blind.

But in San Bernardino County justice is far from it.

It’s targeted.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and John Benoit announced Wednesday that they will seek to halt planning for a regional jail in rural Whitewater.

The move marks a reversal for supervisors and comes amid growing community opposition to the jail.

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The PE: Retirement Hot Potato

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

The San Bernardino County Board of Retirement will catch a political hot potato today, considering whether to eliminate a retiree subsidy or help the county out of a fiscal crunch.

County leaders contend that if the discretionary subsidy isn’t discontinued, as many as 89 employees will have to be laid off.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County attempted to show itself as a place for business opportunity in its annual State of the County address Wednesday evening.

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The Sun: Presentation glosses over county’s woes

State of the County event is all business
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2011 08:36:37 PM PDT

An ongoing corruption investigation, a double-digit unemployment rate and a budget headed deep into the red – all are issues facing San Bernardino County, but none were mentioned Wednesday evening at the annual State of the County event.

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The PE: Mitzelfelt says SANBAG needs better visibility



By PE Politics
April 6, 2011 3:50 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt wants to give transportation planners in the nation’s biggest county a higher profile.

Mitzelfelt, chairman of San Bernardino Associated Governments, told fellow commissioners on Wednesday he is scheduling a general assembly for the agency for June, so the board can tout its accomplishments and set goals for the next 12 months.

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The Sun: Redistricting site lets locals weigh in

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2011 12:10:57 PM PDT

Should San Bernardino and Grand Terrace be in the same Assembly district? Should the same congressman represent Claremont and Montclair? How about Redlands and Needles?

A state commission will ultimately answer those questions later this year. But before that, Inland Empire residents have a chance to weigh in.

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DailyBulletin: Governor keeps pushing tax plan

Brown rallies public support for vote
Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: 04/06/2011 07:23:04 PM PDT

A week after budget negotiations with GOP leadership collapsed, Gov. Jerry Brown continued to rally support Wednesday for his proposal to close the remaining $15.4 billion deficit.

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DailyBulletin: Agency wants suit dropped

SanBAG says Postmus’ guilty plea invalidates Colonies deal
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2011 10:23:29 PM PDT

The transportation-planning agency for San Bernardino County demanded Wednesday that the county dismiss a lawsuit against it.

The lawsuit against San Bernardino Associated Governments seeks to recover part of the cost for a $102 million settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

April 7, 2011 | Chase Davis

An unknown out-of-state foundation has become a substantial backer of an ambitious nonprofit group that is positioning itself at the center of the state’s debate over public pensions.

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Calpensions: San Diego pension reform: model for state?

Thursday, April 7, 2011
By Ed Mendel

As San Diego officials joined forces this week on an initiative to switch all new hires except police from pensions to 401(k)-style plans, Mayor Jerry Sanders said the city’s troubled pension system could become a “national model.”

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Jerry Brown mentions that he own three guns — and one dog — while talking to a law enforcement group. A spokeswoman declines to specify the types of guns he owns.

A spokeswoman for Jerry Brown — above, speaking to reporters Wednesday — declined to provide details about his firearms. “We don’t discuss the governor’s arsenal,” Elizabeth Ashford said after his remarks. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento ——Gov. Jerry Brown, who routinely confounds those tempted to write him off as a stereotypical left-wing intellectual, did so again Wednesday, telling a roomful of cops that he’s the proud owner of a small arsenal.

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CapitolWeekly: Tribes and gaming roundup

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 04/07/11 12:00 AM PST

A growing number of California Indian tribes have opened gas stations, often undercutting local competition by not charging state sales tax.

But the state Board of Equalization may put a kibosh on the practice. In a March 9 legal opinion, BOE tax counsel Carolee Johnstone said that tribes and tribal suppliers must pay most of the taxes in question—something that could quickly take away their competitive advantage.

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By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Apr. 7, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Oscars have the buildup for best picture. College basketball has the finals. And this year’s state labor deals have the CCPOA contract.

Sometime between now and Monday, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office will publish a cost estimate on an agreement with the 32,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association, one of six unions that approved tentative deals with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration last month.

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