Archive for February 21st, 2012

The PE: GRAND TERRACE: Disincorporation won’t wipe away bills


Published: 20 February 2012 09:15 PM

Disincorporating Grand Terrace would not wipe away the cash-strapped city’s bills.

City Manager Betsy M. Adams warned City Council members at a workshop session recently that the agency that oversees boundary changes in San Bernardino County would require Grand Terrace voters to approve a tax measure to pay any outstanding city debts before agreeing to disincorporate the town.

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Published: 20 February 2012 05:26 PM

PublicCEO, an online media organization that focuses on local government throughout California, has named Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Tavaglione its elected official of the year.

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By Mike Cruz, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 02/20/2012 12:54:49 PM PST

A class-action lawsuit against Victorville and its red-light camera program alleges vehicle owners’ due-process rights were violated and seeks millions of dollars in damages.

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Wendy Leung, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 02/20/2012 05:06:30 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Councilman Sam Spagnolo, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December, is recovering this week from a successful surgery. Spagnolo, 70, said he plans to attend the next City Council meeting on March 7.

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Newberry Springs educator launches campaign for new 33rd district
February 20, 2012 5:20 PM
Sam Pearson, Staff Writer

Newberry Springs resident John Coffey wants to turn the High Desert blue.

Coffey, a lifelong Democrat, is campaigning for the High Desert’s new 33rd Assembly District.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth decided to leave the Legislature rather than run for the state Senate this year, it virtually guaranteed that Democrats will achieve a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate, changing the Capitol’s political dynamics.

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WSJ: New Districts Upend California Politics

February 21, 2012


ELK GROVE, Calif.—Only one congressional seat in California changed parties in the past decade. Now, an independent redistricting process has turned the Golden State into a battleground where Democrats hope to pick up House seats this fall.

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Calpensions: Proposed budget shows lower CalPERS payment

By Ed Mendel
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Under the new budget proposed by Gov. Brown, the annual state payment to CalPERS drops from $3.5 billion this year to $3.1 billion in the new fiscal year.

The payment falls, at a time most pension costs are rising, because a $404 million payment to CalPERS for California State University pensions is shifted from the state budget to CSU.

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The average cost for regular gasoline in California has climbed past $4 a gallon, with prospects for even higher prices ahead. The recent dramatic increases nationally and statewide could hurt consumers and, in turn, the broader economy.

By Don Lee and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2012, 8:47 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— Just as the recovery is finally looking real, surging fuel prices are once again looming as a major threat to the financial health of U.S. consumers and the broader economy.

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