Archive for June 26th, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.

The California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, on Tuesday, upheld a superior court ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by San Bernardino County against the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA).

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Posted on | June 25, 2012

Legislation by state Sen. Bill Emmerson that would let counties raise recording fees on certain real-estate documents didn’t get a warm welcome Monday from many of his fellow Republicans in the Assembly.

The bill by Emmerson, R-Hemet, would allow counties to increase real-estate recording fees from $3 to $10, with the extra money paying to beef up real-estate fraud protection and prosecution. The California District Attorneys Association sponsored the measure.

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John Tavaglione


Published: 25 June 2012 04:30 PM

A visit to Riverside by a Louisiana congressman underscores the importance of an Inland congressional race to Republicans as they try to keep and add to their House majority in November.

Steve Scalise, R-La., attended a fundraiser Monday, June 25, for John Tavaglione, a Republican and Riverside County supervisor running for the 41st Congressional District seat in a Nov. 6 runoff against Democrat and Riverside Community College District trustee Mark Takano.

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The Sun: Upland city manager has contract renewed

By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2012 11:48:09 PM PDT

The Upland City Council on Monday agreed to renew City Manager Stephen Dunn’s contract for three more years.

The council met in closed session to review Dunn’s performance and to consider a renewal of his one-year contract.

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June 25, 2012 5:10 PM
KATIE LUCIA, Staff Writer

BARSTOW • County court officials say they are looking at closing the Barstow courthouse among other options as they brace for “staggering” funding cuts from the state.

Under the proposed state budget, California Superior Courts in San Bernardino County could see a projected $21 million in cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That’s a fifth of their current operating budget, according to Court Executive Officer Stephen Nash. The cuts would include a one-time reduction of between $14 and $15 million to the court’s reserve — slashing more than half of the $27.5 million currently saved in the fund.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 7:55 am

Two days before California lawmakers were scheduled to vote on a new state budget, details emerged Monday on new provisions that could help Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative at the polls.

One of the biggest surprises was language propelling all bond measures and constitutional amendments to the top of the ballot, likely ensuring that Brown’s tax hike on sales and upper-income earners will take the favorable lead spot on a November ballot chock full of voter questions.

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Marisa Lagos and Wyatt Buchanan
Published 09:50 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012

Sacramento –As a vote nears on the final details of a 2012-13 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown has persuaded leaders of the state’s largest public employee union to agree to a key portion of his plan to reduce state spending, a nearly 5 percent pay cut.

The governor wasn’t the only one to get a win this weekend. The budget plan now includes a guarantee that tuition at the University of California and California State University systems won’t increase this year or next year – with a caveat.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 7:55 am

A few days ago, the Pew Center on the States released a report on the nationwide gap between promises made to public employees for pensions and what states are spending to close the gap.

On paper, California isn’t in awful shape. Its major pension program, with $516.3 billion in liabilities, was reported to be 78 percent financed, just shy of the 80 percent level that actuaries generally advocate.

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