Archive for March 18th, 2013

InlandPolitics: A retired Lobbyist?


Monday, March 18, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

We’re definitely confused!

Back in 2011 former local Assemblyman Brett Granlund, a lobbyist with the Sacramento-based firm Platinum Advisors was attempting to convey to anyone that woould listen, at the time, that he had retired.

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March 17, 2013; 06:35 PM

Turnout in last Tuesday’s special election in Inland Southern California’s 32nd Senate District stands at a whopping 9.6 percent.

To read the Political Empire column in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Traffic Ticket

By Gary Richards
Posted: 03/16/2013 04:15:10 PM PDT

Next month, thousands of cops will fan out across California in a massive crackdown on drivers texting or talking on handheld phones.

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higher taxes

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/17/2013 05:51:58 PM PDT

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has formally served three state agencies with a class-action lawsuit intended to overturn a controversial “fire tax” levied on Californians who live in some the state’s forested areas.

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black ribbon

Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/17/2013 08:13:39 PM PDT
Updated: 03/17/2013 08:44:24 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Lois Lauer, a longtime prominent Realtor and philanthropist, died Saturday surrounded by loved ones at her home, family members said.

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Sometimes there are personal ties between local governments and their lobbyists. The Yucaipa Valley Water District paid more than $110,000 to Platinum Advisors during the last two-year legislative session. One of the firm’s lobbyists, Brett Granlund, is the brother of district board member Bruce Granlund and ex-husband of another member, Lonni Granlund.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2013, 6:36 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Although many of California’s cities and counties have been struggling financially, putting off road repairs, cutting back library hours and reducing police patrols, there is one way in which they have not held back: hiring Sacramento lobbyists.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 18, 2013

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, an upset victor last fall in a new election process, has introduced a bill containing Gov. Brown’s stalled proposal to restructure the CalPERS board, adding financial expertise and loosening labor control.

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SacBee: California bills seek range of fees, taxes


By Jim Sanders
Published: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

California’s legislative leaders vowed to act with austerity after voters passed billions of dollars in tax hikes last November.

More than two dozen bills introduced in the current session, however, take aim at Californians’ pocketbooks.

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Published: March 18, 2013

With shorter stories and scarce coverage of politics and government, local television newscasts in the United States, like local newspapers before them, are suffering from “shrinking pains,” according to the Pew Research Center.

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