Archive for June 26th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Cloud over Sheriff’s union contract vote

Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 12:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 03:10 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) appears to be going the way of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) when it comes to contract ratification votes.

SEBA has somehow set up a process for changing one’s secret closed ballot vote.

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DailyBulletin: Dutton’s GOP brick wall

“The only time they want us is to go up on taxes,” said state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga. “That’s when they’ve done only outreach. We are pretty much ignored.” (Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino/Staff Photographer)

Minority leader demands reforms for extension vote
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 06/25/2011 10:21:45 PM PDT

As a leader of the minority party in the Legislature, state Sen. Bob Dutton took on the budget fight with his hands tied behind his back.

Hence, he is lauded not for what he’s done but for what he didn’t do, observers say.

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The Sun: Growing jails secure jobs

High Desert
Adelanto reaps giant ‘benefit’
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT

ADELANTO – With expansion under way at two jails and a third one set to reopen soon, this High Desert city appears to be experiencing a housing boom of a different sort.

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DailyBulletin: Pension cuts ease Chino funding gap

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/25/2011 10:23:53 PM PDT

CHINO – City officials expect to see savings in the new fiscal year by enacting a two-tier pension reform system, paying off pension costs and leaving jobs vacant.

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California Dems likely to pick up handful of U.S. House seats
June 25, 2011 1:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

Proposed redistricting maps should frighten California’s Republicans, according to national GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who argues they’re in danger of losing even more footing in their Democrat-controlled state.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley to start year without a budget

Council weighs cuts to employee compensation to avoid dipping further into reserves
June 25, 2011 1:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The town will likely be the only local municipality to start the coming fiscal year without an approved budget, as Apple Valley’s Council asks for more time to weigh controversial issues such as funding the golf course and potential cuts to employee compensation.

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The Sun: Efforts to legalize pot go national

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2011 10:23:17 PM PDT

Marijuana legalization has been moving ahead recently with the introduction of a California state ballot initiative and national legislation to change its federal designation.

A 2012 ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana like wine has been sent to the state, its backers said on Friday.

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FresnoBee: Democrats’ squeals reverberate statewide

Posted at 02:12 PM on Friday, Jun. 24, 2011
By Jim Boren

As cynical as I have become about the California Legislature, I was still stunned by the reaction to Controller John Chiang’s decision not to pay lawmakers for not passing a balanced budget. Democrats had no idea that the controller wouldn’t play along with their phony budget.

Some lashed out like children, while others suggested that Chiang’s decision had caused a constitutional crisis in California over the separation of powers. Never mind the crisis caused by not passing a balanced budget by the date set in the state Constitution.

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From left, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, President Obama and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. All have recently visited or will soon visit California to raise funds for their 2012 races. (Wire images)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2011, 6:43 p.m.

California voters will play a nominal role in the presidential campaign. But a steady stream of candidates is circling the state, wooing wealthy donors who will probably spend well over $100 million on the 2012 election.

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Dan Walters


By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Jun. 26, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

On June 17, the California Employment Development Department reported a tiny decline – just two-tenths of 1 percent – in the state’s unemployment rate to 11.7 percent in May.

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