Archive for June 15th, 2012

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Gardner endorses Bailey for mayor


Published: 15 June 2012 09:35 AM

Riverside Councilman Mike Gardner is throwing his support to mayoral candidate and Ward 3 Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey, Gardner announced Friday, June 15.

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Published: 14 June 2012 09:34 PM

One of the last remaining companies managed by Scot Spencer at San Bernardino International Airport that isn’t in bankruptcy has given up its federal certification to repair airplanes.

Without it, SBAM Technics LLC can’t perform its only function — maintenance work on aircraft.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/14/2012 05:47:00 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The loss of redevelopment agencies isn’t just a burden for cities, it also has San Bernardino County transportation planners looking for a pathway to prosperity.

In the past, funding for public improvement projects, such as freeway interchanges, were matched by various transportation agencies as well as the city in the project’s jurisdiction.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/14/2012 10:06:01 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – After the blow of having lost millions of dollars in redevelopment funds, city leaders expressed further disgust Thursday over news that state lawmakers are considering taking even more money away.

The Rancho Cucamonga Fire District could stand to lose about a third of its budget – roughly $8 million – after city officials received notice from state finance officials on Wednesday that property tax revenue, normally set aside for special districts, could be taken to shore up the state budget.

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The PE: ELECTION: Council members face November contests


Published: 14 June 2012 10:38 PM

Staggered City Council terms mean that two council members in each of Riverside County’s two newest cities will face re-election in November.

Eastvale Councilmen Ike Bootsma and Jeff DeGrandpre, and Jurupa Valley Councilmen Brad Hancock and Frank Johnston were the lowest vote-getters in their respective 2010 and 2011 contests and were elected to two-year terms. Whoever wins election in the November, 2012 election, would serve a full four-year term.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 – 7:26 am

The main budget bill coming before California lawmakers today is a 777-page piece of legislation that spells out how the state will spend billions of dollars over the next fiscal year.

A Senate panel raced to consider the measure Thursday, along with a handful of related bills that arrived in committee fresh off the printer.

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Dan Walters


By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Jun. 15, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Legislature’s Democratic leaders insist that their new state budget is balanced, honest and contains an adequate reserve.

“Our budget contains no additional borrowing or so-called gimmicks,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said this week as details were unveiled.


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Politico: Inside the Koch World convention

David and Charles Koch’s operation is increasingly resembling a political party.

The Koch brothers’ political operation has increasingly come to resemble its own political party — and later this month in San Diego, it will hold what amounts to its most ambitious convention to date.

Many of the dozens of rich conservative invitees are expected to write huge checks to a pool of cash distributed among Koch-approved groups, potentially boosting the Kochs’ 2012 spending plan beyond their historic $395 million goal. And it’s also a chance for the Kochs to show off their increasingly robust political machine, including a growing voter database project called Themis that played a major role in conservatives’ recent efforts in Wisconsin and in which POLITICO has learned Koch operatives have discussed investing $20 million.

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