Archive for August 2nd, 2011

InlandPolitics: Trial date for civil proceedings in Colonies matter rescheduled

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 04:15 p.m.

A San Diego County Superior Court Judge has reset the trial date for San Bernardino County’s lawsuit to recover a portion of its $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners.

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Is the gig up?


Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 01:20 p.m.

What’s wrong with this picture?

The U.S. achieved a debt deal, while new economic data tanked the markets Tuesday.

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Tuesday, August 2, 1022 – 09:30 a.m.

In San Bernardino County politics nothing really ever changes in how the game is played. Only the players. has learned that the impending move of the Aviation Division fleet of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departmen,t to the San Bernardino International Airport, may be used to aid embattled contractor Scot Spencer.

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10:28 PM PDT on Monday, August 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside’s current debt load — $1.7 billion — is the highest in city history, partly due to the slew of public works projects over the past five years known as the Renaissance.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County is severing its ties to the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corp., more than two years after the nonprofit group was started to help reduce blight caused by the foreclosure crisis.

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10:30 PM PDT on Monday, August 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales considers herself an anomaly in politics.

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10:31 PM PDT on Monday, August 1, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

For Dennis Hansberger, it was clear: Colonies Partners had little or no real foundation for its claim against the county, he said.

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The PE: San Diego tribe is still trying for Barstow casino

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 1, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – An impoverished San Diego County tribe has renewed efforts to open an off-reservation casino in Barstow, but the proposal faces opposition from at least one of the Inland tribes that helped scuttle an earlier casino deal five years ago.

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The Sun: Jenkins joins SB council

Family, friends of new councilman take part in event
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2011 07:00:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s newest councilman took his seat on the dais Monday in front of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Robert Jenkins, a 31-year-old political newcomer sent by voters to the office in a mail-in ballot election on July 12, was sworn in at the beginning of a City Council meeting that Mayor Pat Morris characterized as as both celebratory and auspicious.

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The Sun: 21 more teachers rehired

Colton school district finds money to put more instructors in classes
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/01/2011 05:44:26 PM PDT

COLTON – Twenty-one middle and high school teachers are back in the classroom in Colton Joint Unified School District.

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August 01, 2011 4:15 PM
Associated Press

VICTORVILLE (AP) — The billboard outside the Arbor Lane subdivision offers a hollow promise of elegant homes at rock-bottom prices.

A drive down the flag-lined entrance reveals the truth: Empty lots filled with weeds swallow up the several dozen completed houses. Winding cul-de-sacs lined with extinguished street lamps dead-end in piles of dirt and dried grass. Nothing resembles an arbor.

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By Michael Doyle
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 9A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 – 8:23 am

WASHINGTON – There are about 866,000 Californians who are paying for college with federal Pell grants. This week, they should count themselves lucky.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators were working on a state budget deal this year, they were talking about the general fund budget, which was finally pegged at $85.9 billion.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown vetoes signature gathering bill

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 1, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a measure that would have made it illegal for petition circulators to be paid by the signature, his office announced today.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
August 1, 2011

A proposed initiative that would require the state’s public sector pension systems to maintain at least 85 percent of their investments in California-based businesses would weaken returns and fail to spur significant economic activity in the state, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Traders work in the S&P 500 pit on the floor of the CME Group’s Chicago Board of Trade on Monday. Stocks initially rallied on the debt-ceiling deal, then tumbled after a report showed that U.S. manufacturing activity slowed sharply in July, reinforcing other weak economic data. (Tim Boyle/Bloomberg / August 1, 2011)

By Don Lee and Tom Petruno, Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2011

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— The last-minute deal on the debt ceiling may prevent a government default, but it does little to avert a perfect storm of economic problems that could push the nation toward a new downturn and more financial pain for millions of Americans.

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Judge Harvey Silberman had been accused of offering to pay a rival to drop out of a 2008 vote.

By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2011

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge was acquitted Monday of the charge that he had offered to pay an opponent to drop out of a 2008 election.

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Elected officials in most general-law cities are below the state salary cap, and few take advantage of the 5% annual raise allowed. Some cities skirt the salary cap with generous auto, office and health perks.

By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2011

For all the public outcry over hefty salaries earned by city officials, a Times analysis of compensation figures found that the vast majority of elected leaders earn less than what is allowed by state law.

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LATimes: Debt ceiling deal accomplishes little


For all the drama, the compromise achieves little in the short term and only delays what most see as the country’s key financial decision: whether to raise taxes or reduce Medicare.

By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
August 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— High-stakes negotiations force people to reveal what they really care about, and in the 11th-hour deal to stave off a federal financial default, President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans each made clear their top priorities.

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