Archive for December 12th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B.County: Budget standoff over, Mitzelfelt caves


Monday, December 12, 2011 – 09:45 a.m.

The writing is on the wall, or should we say on the agenda, in the budget standoff at the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt has been blocking the approval of first quarter budget adjustments affecting millions of dollars in funding.

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Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, said a new Senate seat that includes Moreno Valley is “winnable” for Democrats./AP

Published: 11 December 2011 06:55 PM

Senate Democrats think they have a great chance at grabbing the redrawn Senate district that extends from Corona to Moreno Valley.

But first they have to find a candidate they can rally behind. Only a few weeks remain before candidates can start collecting signatures to get on the ballot; the candidate filing period formally opens Feb. 13.

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DailyBulletin: SB supes to consider ethics reform

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/11/2011 08:25:53 PM PST

Campaign-finance limits and tougher penalties for violating them are on a list of reforms submitted to San Bernardino County supervisors by an ethics advisory group formed by Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Rutherford, who campaigned on a platform of governmental reform amid continuing corruption scandals in the county, said she will begin working on reform ordinances – targeted at people in county office and people who aspire to it – next month.

They will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Published: 11 December 2011 07:46 PM

Sixteen San Bernardino County cities waiting for public safety funds are among those watching to see how a budget update dispute among county supervisors will play out.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 – 6:39 am

Next month, rural residents may struggle to find library books, and low-income families could lose subsidized child care.

Come February, public school districts may scour their calendars looking for days to shut their doors.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has an obvious financial problem as it seeks to build a statewide bullet train system.

Its latest “business plan” says that it would cost nearly $100 billion to build the backbone of the system, but so far it has only $9 billion in state bonds and a little more than $3 billion in federal money.

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House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-San Dimas) has seen big changes in his district boundaries that tilt its registration toward Democrats. (Charles Dharapak, Associated Press / January 6, 2011)

By Jean Merl and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2011, 9:39 p.m.

Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington— It’s no secret that deep blue California has been a tough place for Republicans, with GOP registration falling to less than one-third of voters and Democrats holding all the statewide offices. Now, new political maps threaten to cost several of the party’s prominent congressmen their jobs.

That is especially true for some of the California Republican delegation’s long-serving members.

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