Archive for February 11th, 2012

The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Attorneys haggle over Colonies evidence


Published: 10 February 2012 07:59 PM

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Colonies corruption case continued to haggle over evidence in San Bernardino County Superior Court Friday, with both sides saying they are continuing to make progress in turning over documents as part of the discovery process.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: County, SEIU reach deal


Published: 10 February 2012 05:38 PM

Riverside County has reached a tentative deal with its second-largest union, less than two weeks after Service Employees International Union Local 721 held a one-day strike to push the county back to the bargaining table.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 02/09/2012 06:58:20 PM PST

Former Twentynine Palms Mayor Jim Bagley, who chairs the San Bernardino County Airport Commission, is running for the 3rd Supervisorial District seat occupied by Neil Derry.

Bagley, who announced his candidacy this week, said his priority is to restore “ethical leadership to the Board of Supervisors.”

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton agrees with Gov. Jerry Brown that Molly Munger’s November tax initiative could hurt the governor’s bid to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California’s highest earners.

Too many tax measures on one ballot, the thinking goes, and wide-eyed voters might look at all of them and say, “No.”

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LATimes: California budget still imperiled by cash crunch

On politics in the Golden State
February 10, 2012 | 1:24 pm

California’s tax revenues continue to pour into the state’s coffers well below what Gov. Jerry Brown forecast in his budget, a worrisome sign amid indications of an economic upturn.

State Controller John Chiang issued a report Friday showing that tax receipts in January were $528 million lower than the governor assumed in the budget he released a few weeks ago. That budget already assumed a $9 billion deficit.

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California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris retains the right to pursue the banks under state fraud laws. But the settlement narrows the breadth of a promising Massachusetts investigation and may entirely shut down cases brought against BofA by the Arizona and Nevada attorneys general. (Bob Chamberlin, Los Angeles Times)

By Michael Hiltzik
February 11, 2012

I hate a parade. And the parade of rosy self-congratulation staged last week by the creators of the $25-billion mortgage fraud settlement with five big banks is the kind of parade I really hate.

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