Archive for June 2nd, 2012

InlandPolitics: Low turnout likely for Tuesday primary

Saturday, June 2, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

As expected, California voters don’t appear to be motivated to go to the polls or mail in their absentee ballots for that matter.

Blame a boring non-controversial ballot.

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The PE: REGION: Unions spend heavily in both counties


Published: 01 June 2012 05:58 PM

Employee unions are among those spending heavily to support candidates they back in both the San Bernardino and Riverside County supervisorial races.

Mike Soubirous, who is one of two challengers running against Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster in the 1st District, has been the largest beneficiary of union support, according to campaign reports.

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Mitt Romney


Published: 01 June 2012 01:26 PM

Seizing on a jobs report showing sluggish growth, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took aim at President Barack Obama’s economic record during a fundraising stop in Riverside on Friday, June 1.

The former Massachusetts governor, in a dark suit and red tie, accused the president of pursuing policies that stifle job growth. Romney made his remarks during a 30-minute luncheon speech at the Victoria Club before a crowd of 300 campaign donors.

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The PE: 2012 Elections: Wild West showdown in House race


Published: 01 June 2012 07:12 PM

In the western wilds of San Bernardino County’s High Desert, 13 candidates are battling to represent California’s vast new 8th Congressional District.

The field of candidates — 10 Republicans, two Democrats and one without party affiliation — is the largest in any California House race this year. And with no incumbent, the contest is seen as a free-for-all that could yield any number of potential results in Tuesday’s primary.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/01/2012 04:12:13 PM PDT

Potential cuts ahead: San Bernardino County’s 2012-13 recommended budget
Related story: Governor’s budget proposal could be ‘catastrophic’ for SB County

As it strives to implement its 20-year vision plan, San Bernardino County will continue trying to close a $91.5 million budget hole over the next five years with continued cuts to programs and services.

County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux presented his proposed 2012-13 budget to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. It goes before the board on June 15 for a public hearing and possible adoption.

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Published: 01 June 2012 11:21 PM

Though Riverside County is in the midst of laying off nearly 230 employees to balance its budget, its supervisors are poised to consider giving county elected officials salary hikes of more than 25 percent over the next three years.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/01/2012 07:57:33 PM PDT

The end of California’s redevelopment agencies may result in the Inland Valley Development Agency losing out on $432million that would have gone otherwise gone to improvements at or around San Bernardino International Airport.

Depending on the outcome of an appeal and a separate lawsuit, however, IVDA officials may still be able to collect those millions as complicated proceedings play out in Sacramento.

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VVDailyPress: PACs spend $203K supporting Cook


Mitzelfelt gets $57K from PAC that’s opposed Cook
June 01, 2012 2:19 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

Two political action committees have spent $203,514 in the last three weeks supporting Paul Cook’s bid for the 8th Congressional District, according to records from the Federal Election Commission.

The PAC Spirit of Democracy America has spent $163,514 since May 21 on TV ads and mailers endorsing the Assemblyman from Yucca Valley. Stand with America spent $40,000 May 22 on TV ads, FEC records show.

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Published: 01 June 2012 08:19 PM

SACRAMENTO — Almost 70 bills by Inland Southern California lawmakers are still alive following this week’s deadline for legislation to pass their houses of origin.

The state Assembly and Senate considered hundreds of measures this week. Among the Inland legislation to advance were bills targeting scrap-metal theft, legalizing water-based cremations, and allowing naturopathic doctors to give injections.

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By Dale Kasler
Published: Saturday, Jun. 2, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The U.S. economy is unmistakably slowing down. What isn’t clear is how much that will hurt California’s recovery.

The latest evidence of the nation’s economic doldrums came with the monthly U.S. Labor Department report Friday. National unemployment rose a tenth of a point in May, to 8.2 percent. Employers added 69,000 jobs, about half of what was expected.

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