Archive for August 12th, 2012

InlandPolitics: “Head-in-sand” approach to pensions isn’t working

Sunday, August 12, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

The “Head-in-sand” approach to denial of escalating pension costs isn’t working any longer.

Existing retirees, the vast majority of which only receive modest retirement checks, are becoming concerned as local governments and labor unions trade blame and refuse to see the writing on the wall.

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Map of Los Angeles-area Metrolink lines linked with future high-speed train route

Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/11/2012 12:35:20 PM PDT

A luxurious – perhaps even decadent – bullet train speeding across the desert from the Golden State to Sin City?

It may not be just a mirage.

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Published: 10 August 2012 – 05:32 PM

It was hard to miss talk of pension costs run amok before the city of San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy and even more so since it did.

But try to find the total cost of pensions to the city. Seriously. Try it.

To read story by Kimberly Pierecall in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 08/11/2012 12:36:11 PM PDT

With the recent loss of redevelopment money and in a poor economy, some Inland Empire cities are looking to different options to advertise their cities to businesses.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
August 11, 2012

BURBANK – The California Republican Party and its officehiolders spent heavily to qualify a referendum that would overturn the new state Senate maps drawn by an independent state commission.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: State GOP down, but not buried

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 – 8:49 am

BURBANK – Three weeks ago, the New York Times published what appeared to be the obituary of the California Republican Party.

The state GOP’s voter registration, the article noted, had dropped to well under a third of the electorate and, if trends continue, will be overshadowed by decline-to-state voters within a few years.

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