Archive for April 12th, 2012

InlandPolitics: County pension fund returns signal more budget pain ahead

Thursday, April 12, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

As San Bernardino County continues to grapple with its ongoing budget woes and confrontations with employee unions continue to escalate, more bad news is on the horizon.

Like most public pension systems, the county’s pension fund hasn’t been able to maintain it’s investment return benchmark.

A benchmark necessary to guarantee the funds actuarial soundness.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose last week to the highest level since January, a development that could raise fears the labor market recovery was stalling after job creation slowed in March.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday, defying economists’ expectations for a drop to 355,000.

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Published: 11 April 2012 05:38 PM

The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to review a trial judge’s order removing the Riverside County public defender’s office from a death penalty murder case.

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Published: 11 April 2012 08:33 PM

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors wants to marry you.

To your sweetheart, that is. Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to back a state bill giving them the power to perform marriage ceremonies.

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The Sun: San Bernardino wrestles with code enforcement

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/11/2012 08:12:10 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The stench of urine and stale beer assault the senses as soon as Steve Willkomm opens the door to the foreclosed home.

But after years of similar experiences, the new head of the city’s code enforcement division focuses immediately on the gutted remains of a radiator.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/11/2012 07:05:54 PM PDT

San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario, Fontana and Hesperia are joining forces to establish a program to assist homewoners who are underwater on their mortgages.

It is part of the county’s “Vision” plan – a roadmap to the county’s future that establishes clear-cut goals to achieve optimum quality of life for the people who live in its 24 cities and unincorporated areas.

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Wes Woods II
Created: 04/11/2012 06:08:51 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The police union has rejected a three-year contract offer that had been agreed upon by its leadership and the city.

Detective Rick Varney, the Claremont Police Officers Association president, said he was sorry about the failed agreement.

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