Archive for November 14th, 2011

This slate mailer shows candidates for San Bernardino city clerk, city attorney and City Council who are not necessarily Democrats.(CONTRIBUTED IMAGE/CONTRIBUTED IMAGE)


Published: 13 November 2011 08:32 PM

An official with the San Bernardino County Central Committee of the Democratic Party has complained about campaign literature mailed to San Bernardino residents that he said falsely implied the party had endorsed five candidates for city office, including three who are Republicans.

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The county board already favors contributing to their own pensions to save $14 million over 3 years


Published: 13 November 2011 08:20 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday will take up a measure requiring all county elected officials and management to pay their own retirement contributions.

Supervisors earlier this month voted in favor of the concept but had yet to work out the details.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to hear about Quincey claim


Staff Reports
Created: 11/13/2011 06:03:40 AM PST

The Upland City Council will hold its first meeting on Monday since fired city manager Robb Quincey filed a claim seeking “unlimited” damages related to his dismissal.

The council is expected to hear about the claim in closed session prior to its 7 p.m. meeting.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 11/13/2011 02:44:14 PM PST

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is proposing a 20 percent cut to supervisor’s benefits, bringing their total compensation to a level comparable to supervisors in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties.

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By David Siders
Published: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 – 8:34 am

Gov. Jerry Brown has big plans for next year’s ballot: tax increases, pension changes and a funding guarantee for local law enforcement.

But he isn’t raising money for those causes. In a state where governors typically collect millions of dollars in campaign donations in their first 12 months in office, the Democratic governor raised about $45,000 through June. Since then, he has reported another $64,000.

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LATimes: Public pensions are protected in Constitution

George Skelton

But some believe the contracts clause doesn’t prevent the state from changing costly retirement plans.
By George Skelton Capitol Journal
November 14, 2011

From Sacramento– In Philadelphia, 224 years ago, some men tucked these words into the nation’s new Constitution: “No state shall … pass any … law impairing the obligation of contracts…”

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Calpensions: Brown pension plan: no early employer savings?

Monday, November 14, 2011
By Ed Mendel

A key part of Gov. Brown’s 12-point pension plan, the only change quickly yielding sizable savings for struggling government employers, could have a serious legal problem.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 – 7:09 am

It’s amazing that more than three decades after its passage, Proposition 13 is still such a polarizing political symbol.

Those on the right revere Proposition 13 for slashing property taxes and making it more difficult to raise other taxes, while those on the left see it Read the rest of this entry »

NYTimes: Banks Quietly Ramping Up Costs to Consumers

Bank of America abandoned its $5 a month debit card usage fee in late October amid a firestorm of criticism.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Published: November 13, 2011

Even as Bank of America and other major lenders back away from charging customers to use their debit cards, many banks have been quietly imposing other new fees.

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By Ryan Teague Beckwith
Roll Call Staff
Nov. 13, 2011, 8:49 p.m.

Updated: 10:30 p.m.

Members of Congress may be personally profiting from insider information they gather while legislating, according to a “60 Minutes” report that aired tonight.

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