Archive for November 26th, 2012

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Gonzales special election proposal has merit


Monday, November 26, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales has come up with a good idea for voters to consider.

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Mayor Pat Morris reacts to proceedings regarding the city’s finances during a city council meeting in San Bernardino July 16, 2012. (File Photo)

Special Report

Tim Reid, Cezary Podkul and Ryan McNeill, Reuters
Posted: 11/25/2012 04:49:36 PM PST

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part special report on how a vicious circle of self-interest sank San Bernardino.

SAN BERNARDINO – In 2009, police patrol Lt. Richard Taack retired at age 59 after 37 years of service.

He took home $389,727 that year, including $194,820 in unused sick time and $33,721 for unused vacation time, according to city payroll records.

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The Sun: Rialto to decide on special election to raise tax

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2012 01:08:11 PM PST

RIALTO – The City Council may declare a fiscal emergency Tuesday in order to ask voters to extend a tax on utility use that officials say is necessary to prevent severe cuts in public safety and other city services.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2012 06:13:06 AM PST
Updated: 11/25/2012 05:35:44 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Voters elected to change the makeup of their City Council with the addition of advertising executive Marc Steinorth.

Steinorth is scheduled to be sworn on Dec. 5, along with incumbent Sam Spagnolo, who earned 21 percent of the vote.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2012 06:13:04 AM PST
Updated: 11/25/2012 05:33:37 PM PST

UPLAND – City Manager Stephen Dunn will re-present his recommendations for long-term savings to the City Council during their meeting on Monday night.

Dunn was asked by the council during a special meeting earlier this month to include cost estimates for his long-term recommendations to save $2 million in the budget annually.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2012 06:12:56 AM PST
Updated: 11/25/2012 05:37:58 PM PST

State Senate Republican leader Bob Dutton, defeated Nov. 6 in his run for Congress, says he plans to remain active in Inland Empire affairs while making a switch from the public to private sector.

Rep. Gary Miller, a fellow Republican, was the victor in the race to represent the new 31st Congressional District.

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LATimes: Reforming California: Easier said than done

California has a long history of deflecting efforts to make the state function better. Experts say now is not the time to give up trying.

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2012, 5:45 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — For the last couple of years, some of the state’s most influential business titans and elder statesmen have taken time off to grapple with the mess in Sacramento.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

So now we know. When the Legislature reconvenes next month for brief organizational sessions, it will have historic Democratic supermajorities – 54 Assembly members and 29 senators.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS: Action on long-delayed rate increase?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, November 26, 2012

More money for the underfunded California State Teachers Retirement System may be considered by the Legislature next year, thanks to new attention from lawmakers and a state budget deficit narrowed by a voter-approved tax increase this month.

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