Archive for May 31st, 2011

InlandPolitics: Colonies PAC donations actually went far and wide – Part 2

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 – 09:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 08:09 a.m.

A review of public records from 2007-2009 show alleged bribes, made in the form of political action contributions by Colonies Partners, inexplicably went far and wide.

Not politicians pockets as has been portrayed in the media.

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In this May 27, 2011 photo, a customer fuels up his car in view of gas prices, in Philadelphia. A monthly survey shows consumers are losing faith that the economy will keep improving. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Consumer Confidence Index drops unexpectedly to 6-month low in May; gas, job worries persist
Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 11:29 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are losing faith that the economy will keep improving, according to a monthly survey.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell to 60.8 from a revised 66 in April, a sign of the toll that high gas prices, a choppy job outlook and a moribund housing market are taking on people’s psyches. Economists had expected an increase to 67. It was the lowest reading since November.

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YahooFinance (CNN): Home prices: ‘Double-dip’ confirmed

Les Christie
Tuesday May 31, 2011, 10:43 am EDT

Home prices hit another new low in the first quarter, down 5.1% from a year ago to levels not reached since 2002.

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Assemblyman Curt Hagman
Created: 05/30/2011 05:19:46 PM PDT

Given the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit and our schools receiving a “C” in a recent national education survey, there should be no higher priority than addressing both problems. You would think the Legislature would be laser-focused on coming up with innovative solutions to promote student achievement and to reform government. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case in Sacramento.

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DailyBulletin: State’s students miss out on P.E.

Kids fall short of federal guidelines
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 05/30/2011 07:02:01 AM PDT

More than one third of all adolescents enrolled in California public schools do not participate in any school-based physical education classes, according to a new policy study by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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LATimes: What if they built a school and nobody got to go?

Mike Simonson, executive director of operations for the Alvord Unified School District, and Bill Eaton, the district’s director of maintenance, tour the new $105-million Hillcrest High School in Riverside. The state-of-the-art, high-tech campus will sit vacant this fall because state budget cuts have left no money to turn on the lights or hire staff. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / May 19, 2010)

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2011, 7:12 p.m.

When it’s completed this fall, Riverside’s Hillcrest High School will be a high-tech academic hub with wireless Internet, a robotics lab, digital smart boards in every classroom and a first-rate performance hall worthy of any “Glee” hopeful.

But no students.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
By Ed Mendel

California’s four largest cities all have public pension problems, but their mayors are split on the solution — two negotiating changes in the existing system, and two planning to ask voters to overhaul the system.

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