Archive for November 21st, 2011

InlandPolitics: Debt Committee ‘Super Flop’ as expected

Monday, November 20, 2011 – 11:15 a.m.

As expected, the so-called debt-reduction supercommittee, officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, ended with a loud thud this morning.

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Monday, November 20, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

One things for certain.

The sluggish stock market and record low interest rates has been and will continue to be a bad recipe for California government pension funds.

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The Riverside County group has a nearly $900,000 war chest as it strives to build clout and protect its retirement benefits


Published: 20 November 2011 08:19 PM

After a record year for political spending, the Riverside Sheriff’s Association is sitting on nearly $900,000 in cash as the 2012 elections approach.

The group likely will be a potent force, political experts say.

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Supervisor John Benoit, above, and John Tavaglione want legislation creating a “fast-track” permitting process for California agencies.


Published: 20 November 2011 05:57 PM

Two Riverside County supervisors want legislation creating a formal “fast-track” policy for permits moving with California state agencies as a way to help jump start the economy.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2011 06:09:51 PM PST

The attorney for San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry believes a federal agency soon will restore Derry’s voting power on federally funded county projects and programs.The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended Derry’s right to vote on those projects and programs in May, roughly a month after the state Attorney General’s Office charged him with two felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly laundering a $5,000 campaign contribution from a Highland developer.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/20/2011 06:09:52 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council, acting in its role as the Economic Development Agency board, will consider a lease agreement Monday with Regal Entertainment Group to redevelop the former CinemStar movie theater at Fourth and E streets.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Jarvis group gives GOP good grades

Paul Gann, left, and Howard Jarvis, celebrate the passage of Prop. 13 in 1978. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association recently released legislative scorecards for 2011. The scores are of particular interest to Republicans./AP

Published: 20 November 2011 05:33 PM

Various Capitol interest groups began releasing legislative scorecards shortly after lawmakers finished their 2011 session in September.

Holding particular interest for Republicans are the rankings put out by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The organization, named after the force behind 1978’s tax-limiting Prop. 13, has a lot of influence in GOP circles, particularly at election time.

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November 20, 2011 9:12 AM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • With a record number of California legislators earning failing grades, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association issued A’s to two of the High Desert’s three state representatives.

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Southern California — this just in
November 20, 2011 | 12:00 pm

About half of California voters believe that teachers unions are too powerful, a new poll has found.

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USC Dornsife/Times Poll

A majority of California voters want teacher evaluations made public and want student test scores factored into the reviews, the USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll finds.

By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2011, 11:19 p.m.

California voters want teachers’ performance evaluations made public, a new poll has found. And most also want student test scores factored into an instructor’s review.

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Calpensions: PERS & STRS: report corporate political funds

By Ed Mendel
Monday,November 20, 2011

The nation’s two largest public pension funds will urge corporate boards to disclose political campaign contributions, a response to a court decision lifting the lid on some donations that do not have to be reported.

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November 20, 2011 | Will Evans

Ann Ravel, Gov. Jerry Brown’s pick to lead the state Fair Political Practices Commission, has been on the job less than a year but is moving quickly and provoking strong reactions.

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NYTimes: Lawmakers Trade Blame as Deficit Talks Crumble

Published: November 20, 2011

WASHINGTON — With the hours ticking away toward a self-imposed deadline, Congressional leaders conceded Sunday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement were near failure and braced for recriminations over their inability to reach a deal.

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