Archive for May 15th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Dragnet a poor move

Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.

I couldn’t believe it when I viewed it.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 05:30 a.m.

If the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) was considering appealing last weeks decision by a superior court judge that sided with the Press-Enterprise newspaper in seeking the release of retiree pension data, it had better think again.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 05:25 a.m.

The above photograph says it all!

It’s a snapshot of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos’ Monday morning press conference to announce his candidacy for county supervisor.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 05:20 a.m.

An appeal has been lodged by the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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11:18 PM PDT on Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County is known for unspoiled, pristine terrain in the High Desert, clean, picturesque snow in the mountains, and dirty politics.

The first two are visions civic leaders love to project. Cleaning up the latter is the biggest challenge to rebuild the county’s image in the wake of yet another round of indictments, the latest in a string of schemes involving elected and appointed county officials that stretches back 20 years.

Persistent county political corruption might take just as long to weed out.

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San Bernardino County corruption scandal
Still stuck in muddy waters
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/14/2011 11:43:33 PM PDT

The costly dispute over the construction of the Colonies basin boils down to one question posed 10 years ago – “Who’s going to pay for it?”

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DailyBulletin: Bracing for budget’s worst

Governor to release revisions Monday
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 05/14/2011 11:44:38 PM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revise, set for release on Monday, will contain updates to the state’s balance sheet as well as changes to the governor’s initial budget proposal.

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DailyBulletin: Development on the rise in Ontario

Fee deferral program may be a factor
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/14/2011 07:07:10 AM PDT

ONTARIO – Development in the city seems to be picking up.

But if you ask Ontario officials, it never stopped, it simply slowed down because of the economy.

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By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Managers in California’s government routinely ignore official limits on the number of vacation days their employees can save, compelling the state to cut huge checks — many worth six figures — for unused time off when workers retire.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Sunday, May. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 15, 2011 – 12:48 am

How does somebody miss the mark by $2.5 billion?

When Gov. Jerry Brown issues his May budget revision Monday, it will likely include billions in state tax revenue not envisioned by forecasters just five months ago.

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LATimes: Public pension reform, not public-worker bashing

We’ll never achieve an equitable and effective fix to the very real problem of unsustainable public pension obligations until we dispel the miasma of non-facts enveloping this highly fraught topic.

By Michael Hiltzik
May 15, 2011

Here’s what we know for certain about the public pension crisis facing California: The obligations owed or promised to public workers are growing, and unsustainable.

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SacBee: Correctional officers union OKs tentative pact

Capitol and California – State Politics
Published: Sunday, May. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association said Saturday that its members have approved the union’s tentative agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown by a wide margin.

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Many housing proponents say the government’s move to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac means the most popular home loan will be more expensive. But how much more is a matter of debate.

By Lew Sichelman
May 15, 2011

Reporting from Washington— Will the move to dismantle Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mean the end of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage as we have come to know it?

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InlandPolitics: Huckabee out as Presidential hopeful

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – 11:30 p.m.

Political television and radio talk show host Mike Huckabee has announced this evening that he won’t place his name in the hat for the GOP nomination for President.