Archive for August 27th, 2012

DailyBulletin: Upland contractor Hennes sentenced in federal bribery case

By Sandra Emerson
Created: 08/27/2012 12:26:25 PM PDT

Upland contractor John Hennes was sentenced today to 12 months — six months in jail and six months of home confinement — for his role in a federal bribery case involving former Upland mayor John Pomierski and a local business.

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55 percent support Prop. 30, 40 percent support Prop.

Beau Yarbrough, Staff Writer
Created: 08/26/2012 12:13:47 PM PDT

Special Section: Education

A new poll released shows tepid support for two November ballot propositions intended to fund California’s public schools, even before the ad campaigns opposing the propositions begin. And that has some local educators warning of potential dire consequences for local districts.

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DailyBulletin: Hennes to be sentenced in bribery case

Week ahead

Staff Reports
Created: 08/26/2012 12:14:45 PM PDT

Upland contractor John Hennes is scheduled to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Riverside.

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Published: 24 August 2012 – 06:18 PM

House Speaker John Boehner took a major detour on his way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

To read column by Ben Goad, Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lawmakers will consider changes in pension, workers’ compensation and tax policy, likely setting the stage for the governor’s campaign to raise taxes to close the deficit.

By Michael J. Mishak and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2012, 3:10 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — Entering the final week of their legislative session, state lawmakers still must grapple with controversial proposals to overhaul California’s overburdened public pension system, revamp its costly workers’ compensation scheme and change the way corporate taxes are assessed.

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By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
August 27, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Some of the largest corporate interests in California have poured millions of dollars into an initiative campaign this year, as they have many times before. But this time, they’re not asking voters to ease industry regulations or limit government power. Instead, they want approval of an $8-billion-a-year tax hike pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The police officers and firefighters we taxpayers employ to protect us are, sad to say, bullies in the political realm.

Their unions trade on their status as “first responders,” their power to grant campaign endorsements and their ability to raise and disburse campaign contributions to demand extraordinary political favors.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, August 27, 2012

A staff chart given to Los Angeles city council labor negotiators this month shows that city retirement costs nearly doubled in the last seven years, soaring to 18.6 percent of general fund revenue this fiscal year, $848 million.

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