Archive for December 5th, 2013

The PE: ONTARIO: Inland airport is not alone in its suffering

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

December 4, 2013

Ontario’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports is in court Thursday, Dec. 5, but only for schedule setting.

The suit likely won’t go to trial until fall 2014 — hardly the speedy resolution Ontario sought.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

December 4, 2013

Ex-Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Dec. 4, to accepting a $2.3 million bribe from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for delivering council votes on land and development deals.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Grand Terrace finances better than thought

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/04/13, 6:39 PM PST |

GRAND TERRACE >> A month after voters convincingly rejected a divisive attempt to pass a tax measure — without which, it was warned, the city risked collapse — officials here say they’ve learned for the first time of money from the state Department of Finance that covers a large portion of the expected deficit.

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By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram
Posted: 12/04/13, 6:31 PM PST |

On the heels of a scathing report card that gave failing grades to both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for their handling of the state’s prison realignment program, an advocacy group and concerned residents caravaned to Sacramento Wednesday to voice opposition to the counties seeking grant money to build what the group calls “cages for our children.”

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SacBee: Jerry Brown holds huge lead in re-election poll

Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown (Hector Amezcua /

By David Siders
Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 – 12:06 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has surged to a new high, and he is the overwhelming early favorite to win re-election next year, according to a new Field Poll.

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By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Updated 10:28 pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Those who have heard of Neel Kashkari know him as the former U.S. Treasury official who was in charge of the bank bailout at the height of the recession.

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Sheriff Lee Baca’s comments come a day after L.A. County leaders demanded he investigate his hiring practices in response to an L.A. Times investigation last weekend. The Times found that the Sheriff’s Department hired dozens of officers from a disbanded county police force in 2010 even though investigators had found significant misconduct in their backgrounds. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Bob Pool and Robert Faturechi
December 4, 2013, 2:39 p.m.

Under fire for hiring dozens of officers with histories of serious misconduct, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca acknowledged Wednesday shortcomings in the way his agency handled the process.

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The state’s coastal regions see healthy job growth while inland areas are still struggling to recover, the UCLA Anderson Forecast says.

By Shan Li and Andrew Khouri
December 5, 2013, 1:00 a.m.

California continues to be a story of two economies: coastal regions with healthy job growth and inland areas that are still struggling to recover, according to a UCLA report released Thursday.

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By Ashley Halsey III
Thursday, December 5, 2013

With Congress facing a major shortfall in transportation funding next year, a House bill introduced Wednesday would raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to close the gap.

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Politico: Poll: 28% would rather pay fine


Gallup also notes that 81 percent of people surveyed were aware of the fine.

By LUCY MCCALMONT | 12/4/13 6:38 AM EST

More than a quarter of uninsured Americans say they are more likely to pay the fine than sign up for Obamacare before the deadline, a new poll shows.

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The Atlantic: Why Millennials Fell Out of Love With Obama

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The economy, the Edward Snowden revelations, and the Affordable Care Act have all stressed the president’s relationship with young Americans.

Garance Franke-Ruta
December 4 2013, 2:06 PM ET

There’s no heartbreak like the heartbreak of first love, and when it comes to politics, no disappointment more bitter than that of a young person who grows up to realize her one-time idol is all too human.

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By Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani
Thursday, December 5, 2013

The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

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