Archive for December 27th, 2013

The Sentinel: State Supreme Court Reinstates Earlier Dismissed Charges In Colonies Case

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2013

(December 26) SACRAMENTO—The California Supreme Court on December 23 reestablished the essential elements of the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, granting the gist of prosecutors’ appeal more than a year and two months after the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside dismissed the most crucial charges lodged against developer Jeff Burum, the central defendant in the case.

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San Bernardino County has paid out approxiamtely $200 million in legal settlements the past five years.

Friday, December 27, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 – 02:45 p.m. has been calling attention to millions of dollars in non-disclosed legal settlements paid out by San Bernardino County.

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December 24, 2013; 12:02 PM

Riverside and San Bernardino counties each were denied requests this month for $80 million in state grants for jail construction, even though their applications ranked among the highest-scoring based on criteria used to evaluate grant proposals.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: ECONOMY: Confidence in California dropped in Q4


Economists say consumer sentiment has weakened slightly but believe spending on big-ticket items will pick up anyway.

December 26, 2013

Consumer sentiment in California, measured during the weeks leading up to the annual retail stampedes, was slightly lower in the fourth quarter, a study by Chapman University found.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Peter Schrag: Can Jim Brulte resuscitate the GOP?

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte

By Peter Schrag
Special to The Bee
Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – 5:26 am

As the 2013 season for making lists comes to an end – the 10 best, the 10 greatest, the 10 worst – add yet another 11th-hour contender: The smartest thing the Republicans did in 2013 was choosing Jim Brulte to chair the California GOP.

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The Hill: Christie, Clinton tied in new presidential poll

The Hill

December 27, 2013, 07:49 am
By Peter Sullivan

A new CNN poll finds that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are essentially tied in a potential 2016 presidential matchup.

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