Archive for August 6th, 2012

InlandPolitics: It’s two years for Former Upland Mayor Pomierski


Monday, August 6, 2012 – 02:25 p.m.

It’s a two year federal prison sentence for Former Upland Mayor John “J.P.” Pomierski.

The sentence related to Pomierski’s plea to accepting a $5,000 bribe was handed down by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside on Monday afternoon.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2012 11:26:10 AM PDT

A Royal Bank of Scotland analysis questions a controversial proposal for a San Bernardino County agency to use eminent domain to buy “underwater” mortgages.

The bank asserts that declining foreclosure rates mean a relatively low number of homeowners will benefit from the plan. With that conclusion in mind, analysts for the Royal Bank of Scotland question whether such bold action as eminent domain is necessary.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2012 07:55:32 PM PDT

View: General Law City v. Charter City comparison chart

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council might decide tonight to add a measure to November’s ballot allowing voters to repeal the city’s charter.

That would make San Bernardino a general law city like the majority of California cities and nearly all of its neighbors, without special provisions like an elected city attorney and a requirement that police and fire salaries be set as the average of 10 like-sized cities.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/05/2012 07:05:08 AM PDT

Some Inland Empire cities’ successor agencies to their redevelopment agencies recently had to pay fees – some higher than $4 million – to the California Department of Finance, which upset city officials and a local economist.

“It’s devastating,” said Inland Empire economist John Husing. “What the state has done is to shut down economic development at the local level in the Inland Empire…. It’s the most poorly thought-out money grab by the state I have witnessed in 48 years of following this stuff.”

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LATimes: California lawmakers face a mountain of work

Eight-hundred bills on issues such as pension reform, student aid and gun control await action between Monday and the end of the session in four weeks.

By Patrick McGreevy and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
August 6, 2012, 5:00 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers return from their summer recess Monday to a budget scandal and a mountain of legislation requiring action before the gavel drops on their session in four weeks.

The bills include prickly proposals on pension reform, student aid and gun control.

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SFChronicle: CA legislators taking on pension reform

Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 11:23 p.m., Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sacramento –After a monthlong break, the Legislature returns to work at the Capitol on Monday to take on one of the Golden State’s thorniest issues: public employee pensions.

The Senate and Assembly have just four weeks to vote on hundreds of bills before the two-year session concludes at the end of the month, but the main focus will be on changing the pension compensation system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

This is not the first time that state Sen. Kevin de León has proposed a state-sponsored pension system for the more than 6 million California workers whose employers don’t offer retirement benefits.

But the Los Angeles Democrat’s latest effort, Senate Bill 1234, is only a couple of votes away from reaching Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and it’s touched off a titanic lobbying war.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 6, 2012

The cost of retiree health care promised state and local government employees, growing at a faster pace than more-publicized public pensions, has become a common target for cuts in a string of California city bankruptcies.

San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy last week, lists a $2.2 million savings from a deferred retiree health payment in a three-month fiscal emergency plan said to be needed to allow the city to make payroll.

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