Archive for February 13th, 2012

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Landlords, patriots and tea parties

Published: 13 February 2012 06:56 AM

The demise of the state’s 400-odd redevelopment agencies is being felt across the Inland region — by political parties, among others.

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee recently learned that its landlord, the Redevelopment Agency of the city of San Bernardino, is no more.

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The PE: CONGRESS Baca snares Democratic endorsement

Congressman Joe Baca


Published: 13 February 2012 07:59 AM

SAN DIEGO — As of late Saturday, longtime Rep. Joe Baca and state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod had seemingly tied in their fight for the California Democratic Party endorsement in the 35th Congressional District.

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Published: 13 February 2012 07:01 AM

Riverside officials have hammered out a new contract with the city’s police union, the last major employee group to agree to money-saving pension changes.

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DailyBulletin: Bills seek to address RDA concerns

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 02/12/2012 06:03:32 AM PST

With the end of redevelopment agencies throughout the state, legislators are trying to retain remaining funds for affordable housing and to tie up some loose ends.

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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 02/12/2012 10:19:35 AM PST

All across the state, governments are dismantling redevelopment agencies but along the way they are encountering numerous questions about how they should complete the task.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, February 13, 2012

A drive to place a statewide public pension reform initiative on the November ballot ended last week, lacking funding like previous attempts. But major local pension reforms are expected to be on the June ballot in San Diego and San Jose.

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Calbuzz: Jerry Brown’s Big Fail; Dem Winners and Losers

February 13, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown’s failure to explain to 3,000 activists at the weekend California Democratic Party convention why they should support his tax-hike initiative instead of two others that threaten to swamp his measure left us pondering the possible reasons for his wimp-out.

1. Maybe Brown truly has no clue, yet, how to explain why his measure is better than Molly Munger’s or the California Federation of Teachers’ “millionaires tax.”

2. Maybe he’s in secret talks with the CFT (or even Munger, although that seems far less likely) to get them to back out and he didn’t want to blow the deal amid delicate negotiations.

3. Maybe he secretly wants the millionaires tax to pass but doesn’t want his fingerprints on it.

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By Jon Ortiz
Published: Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Contract talks kicking off this month between the state and four employee unions present Gov. Jerry Brown with a political dilemma: How does he deal fairly with his key labor constituency without exposing himself to charges he’s kowtowing to them?

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