Archive for March 16th, 2012

By Joe Nelson
Created: 03/16/2012 10:56:10 AM PDT

Defense attorneys in a far-reaching San Bernardino County corruption case are seeking a court order to compel prosecutors to provide information on communications they have had with two key defendants in the case.

Attorney Stephen Larson, attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, filed a motion Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court alleging prosecutors have been nonresponsive and holding out.

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By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2012 07:15:28 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A lawsuit filed on behalf of 14 people whose votes weren’t counted in the city clerk runoff election is the latest move that could reverse that razor-thin election.

Georgeann “Gigi” Hanna won the election by six votes – 6,076 votes to opponent Amelia Sanchez-Lopez’s 6,070 – according to a Feb. 28 recount.

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By Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2012 06:58:47 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – More than four years after he was fired from the school district, former Personnel Director Abe Flory won back his job and more than $550,000 in back pay and interest.

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Published: 15 March 2012 08:18 PM

Pacific Gas & Electric Company must pay $3.6 million for failing to contain groundwater pollution beneath the rural community of Hinkley, according to a settlement reached this week with state water quality officials.

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Phil Liberatore, a candidate for California’s 8th Congressional District


Published: 15 March 2012 04:40 PM

Businessman Phil Liberatore announced his bid for California’s 8th Congressional District, becoming the ninth candidate to enter the race to represent the High Desert region.

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Published: 15 March 2012 07:43 PM

Congressman Jerry Lewis, in one of his first speeches in his hometown since announcing his retirement, talked Thursday about some of his proudest accomplishments in his 47-year career.

They involved earmarks, he said, acknowledging that such federal spending to benefit specific projects has since come under criticism.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Mar. 16, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

During a stream-of-consciousness speech to a gathering of police chiefs this week, Jerry Brown noted that during his first governorship, personal income taxes generated about a third of the state’s revenue, but since have become a dominant source.

The result, he continued, was “more volatility” in the state’s revenue, which resulted in “a more or less constant state” of deficits.

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On politics in the Golden State
March 15, 2012 | 4:31 pm

The state Fair Political Practices Commission decided Thursday to delay posting financial interest statements by 2,500 elected judges on the Internet after representatives said they feared the easy access to personal information would put them in danger.

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SacBee: Tim Donnelly seeks plea deal in airport gun case


Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 15, 2012

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is seeking a plea deal on misdemeanor charges stemming from the discovery of a loaded firearm in his hand-carry luggage by screeners at Ontario International Airport.

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John Tavaglione, who has been elected to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors five times in nonpartisan elections, finds himself in the unfamiliar realm of a partisan dogfight as he runs for Congress. He is opposed by Democrat Mark Takano. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / February 15, 2012)

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2012

For the first time in 20 years, a Republican running for Congress in Riverside needs help.

John Tavaglione huddled with supporters in the mirrored back room of a local Coco’s on a recent rainy evening, laying out a ground game for his first crack at federal office. As a Republican and political heir of a powerful Riverside family, the longtime county supervisor would have breezed into Washington, D.C., in past elections.

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WashPost: California could decide the GOP nominee

Campaign 2012
Posted by Aaron Blake at 10:44 AM ET, 03/15/2012

California is not exactly the GOP’s idea of home turf.

But in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, it’s the most important state on the calendar.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at William Jewell College on Tuesday, in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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By Alejandro Lazo
March 15, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

California home sales were up in February but median prices remained mired in the muck of a lackluster housing recovery.

The real estate firm DataQuick estimated 29,630 houses and condominiums sold throughout the Golden State last month, an increase of 8.5% from the same month a year earlier. Sales have improved every month for the last seven months and February was the strongest for a February since 2007.

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Jill Tucker
Friday, March 16, 2012

More than 20,000 public school teachers in California opened their mailboxes over the last few days to find a pink slip inside as districts met the state’s Thursday deadline for dispensing the dreaded news to the educators that they may not have a job in the fall.

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