Archive for July 2nd, 2012

InlandPolitics: What rules? Brown shoving it down our throats

Monday, July 2, 2012 – 07:30 p.m.

One has to hand it to California Governor Jerry Brown.

A man who knows no bounds in his political quests to get what he wants.

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Published: 29 June 2012 05:24 PM

Between the Supreme Court’s landmark health care ruling, the House of Representative’s vote to hold U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and downright sweltering conditions, Thursday marked one of the most heated days Washington has seen for years.

Yet through all the partisanship, contention and sweat, Inland Rep. Joe Baca and his colleagues from both sides of the aisle cast aside politics that evening to play in the 51st annual congressional baseball game.

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The PE: REGION: Cuts close some county courtrooms

Courts throughout Riverside County are facing budget cuts while Corona and Palm Springs are losing judges and closing courtrooms in an effort to compensate for a loss in state funding.



Published: 29 June 2012 06:35 PM

Hefty state budget cuts have caused Inland officials to close courtrooms, scramble to keep cases moving and prompted Riverside County to cut a handful of retired judges and employees to save millions of dollars.

Five assigned judges — retired jurists who assist by hearing cases — are being let go with the new fiscal year that began Sunday, July 1. Three are in Corona and two in Palm Springs. The move is part of a countywide effort to reduce assigned judges over the past several years, and save $2 million dollars in related expenses for support staff such as clerks, court reporters and bailiffs.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/01/2012 05:25:59 PM PDT

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SAN BERNARDINO – A decision on how to slightly change the boundaries of the city’s seven wards is expected at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The redistricting is required because some wards have grown more than others since the 2000 census, when current boundaries were set.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 07/01/2012 05:51:46 PM PDT

San Bernardino County may be the site the nation’s next big debate over eminent domain.

A trio of of local governments – San Bernardino County, Fontana and Ontario – have created a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in an effort to help “underwater” homeowners that may result in the use of seizure powers to buy mortgage-backed securities.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 – 6:16 am

Common Cause and other, similarly inclined reform groups have for decades advocated limits on campaign contributions as a cure for the corrupting influence of special interest money.

The Watergate scandal begat limits on presidential and congressional campaign contributions four decades ago and more recently, they found their way into California’s politics.

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Calpensions: Bond insurer may contest Stockton bankruptcy

By Ed Mendel
Monday, July 2, 2012

A potential big loser in the bankruptcy filed by Stockton last week, an insurer backing a $121 million Stockton pension bond issue, is warning that it may contest the city’s eligibility for bankruptcy.

The leading municipal bond insurer, Assured Guaranty, said three Stockton bond issues totaling $161 million “remain fully protected by our unconditional and irrevocable guaranty to pay scheduled principal and interest in full and on time.”

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