Archive for March 2nd, 2012

The PE: HUNTING: Feud growing between lawmakers, game commissioner

Dan Richards, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, holds a mountain lion he killed in Idaho. Mountain lion hunting is prohibited in California. Some have asked Richards to resign his post, but he has indicated he will stay put. Richards is a partner in Rancho Cucamonga development company Colonies Partners. 2012/Western Outdoor News



Published: 01 March 2012 08:55 PM

SACRAMENTO — When Inland businessman Dan Richards sat before the Democrat-controlled Senate Rules Committee nearly five years ago, it was the picture of conviviality as the panel considered his appointment to the state Fish and Game Commission.

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By Gina Tenorio
Friday, March 2, 2012

Candidates for San Bernardino County third district supervisor faced tough questions Thursday night at a Redlands Tea Party Patriot candidate forum.

But the toughest question, and most pointed comments, were reserved for the candidate who was not there. Where was Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees James Ramos, some asked.

Incumbent Neil Derry and former Twentynine Palms Mayor James Bagley noted the absence of their opponent.

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Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/01/2012 08:48:40 PM PST

MENTONE – More than a hundred bodies filled the the Mill Creek Cattle Co. Restaurant on Thursday for a Redlands Tea Party Patriots-sponsored forum for candidates running for the 2nd District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbent Supervisor Neil Derry and candidate Jim Bagley squared off, answering questions from moderator Phil Naman and the audience, with topics ranging from fiscal responsibility to impounding cars for 30 days for unlicensed drivers to fighting government fraud in the county.

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Point of View

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter
Created: 02/29/2012 06:15:10 PM PST

California’s public universities and colleges used to be a bargain for middle-class families. But thanks to the national recession and chronic state budget shortfalls, college fees have skyrocketed. Since the 2003-04 school year, Cal State University fees have increased 191 percent, University of California fees have increased by 145 percent, and community college fees have also jumped sharply.

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Andrew Edwards
Created: 03/01/2012 04:31:54 PM PST

The Inland Empire manufacturers experienced a relatively healthy February, according to survey results that showed increases in hiring and production.

On the downside, however, manufacturers reported a steep increase in commodity prices and many worry the local economy will weaken during the next few months.

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DailyBulletin: Loss of Lewis and Dreier could impact region

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/01/2012 06:19:58 PM PST

The Inland Empire’s loss of two longtime members of Congress may mean a slowdown in federal funding and projects for the region.

Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, and David Dreier, R-San Dimas, have both announced they will not seek re-election after each spending more than 30 years representing their Southern California districts in Congress.

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SFChronicle: Bid to end death penalty headed to the ballot

Bob Egelko
Friday, March 2, 2012

For the third time in 40 years, Californians will likely vote in November on the death penalty, a practice that has had at least as much impact on the state’s politics as on its institutions of crime and punishment.

Opponents of capital punishment said Thursday they were submitting 800,000 signatures on petitions for an initiative to close the nation’s largest Death Row, which has 725 condemned prisoners. The measure needs 504,760 valid signatures to make the ballot.

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A Court of Appeal panel in Santa Ana voids Lake Forest’s zoning ban on clinics, but rules that they can only sell marijuana they grow, a regulation that would force most to close.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012, 7:48 p.m.

California cities may not ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but the operations may sell only weed that is grown on site, an appeals court ruled in an Orange County case.

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