Archive for December 17th, 2012

The Sun (Reuters): CalPERS slams San Bernardino for ‘sham’ bankruptcy


Tim Reid and Jim Christie, Reuters
Posted: 12/16/2012 03:31:33 PM PST

Special Section: San Bernardino

A high-stakes legal battle has intensified as the largest U.S. pension fund filed court papers denouncing the financially troubled city of San Bernardino for what it called a “sham” bankruptcy and accused the city of “criminal behavior” in withholding payments to the pension plan.

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DailyBulletin: San Bernardino City Council meets Monday

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/16/2012 04:46:14 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council’s final regularly scheduled meeting of 2012 features a few decisions that could affect 2013 and beyond.

On the agenda for today’s 3 p.m. meeting at City Hall:

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Democrats ask Obama to be pro-pot


December 16, 2012; 02:25 PM

The Riverside County Democratic Central Committee celebrated President Barack Obama’s win in the county last month.

But then came concerns that the president would harsh the mellow of voters in Washington and Colorado after they legalized marijuana for recreational use.

To read column by Ben Goad and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/16/2012 06:05:43 AM PST
Updated: 12/16/2012 05:23:08 PM PST

UPLAND – Mayor Ray Musser’s first action as mayor already has one council member questioning his decisions.

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Published: December 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES — The Democratic Party has controlled the California Legislature for a nearly unbroken stretch of 42 years. Yet control goes only so far: it takes two-thirds of the Legislature to enact a host of important legislation in this state, meaning that even the diminished Republican Party has been able to easily frustrate Democratic ambitions.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Sometime before Christmas, Gov. Jerry Brown will close the books on a proposed 2013-14 budget.

A few weeks after that, Brown will deliver that budget to the Legislature and we’ll learn whether voter approval of Proposition 30, Brown’s sales and income tax increase, will make a big difference in the state’s finances.

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Fiscal Cliff

Democrats relish Republican disunity in the fiscal debate, but splits of their own are emerging over Medicare.

By Christi Parsons, Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
December 16, 2012, 6:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Democrats in Congress have been relishing the division and sniping within Republican ranks over whether to raise tax rates. But as negotiations over the budget crisis wear on and shift to a debate over spending cuts, the tables are turning.

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The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 12/16/12 09:49 PM ET

President Obama promised Sunday evening he would take action in the coming weeks to prevent mass shootings such as the one that took the lives of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut.

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