Archive for March 2nd, 2014

The Sun: P.I. firm spied on key Colonies’ case witness, documents disclose


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/14, 4:09 PM PST |

A private investigation firm was hired by a defense attorney in the Colonies corruption case to spy on a key witness, court documents show.

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Scales of Justice

March 02, 2014; 12:57 PM

Authorities are looking into allegations that the cellphone of a key government witness in a San Bernardino County corruption case was illegally hacked by private investigators linked to the case of a prominent developer he will be testifying against.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.


Sunday, March 2, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Could a potential nightmare be on the horizon for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon?

A nightmare that could occur smack in the middle of campaign season.

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Pat Morris

Pat Morris ends his run as San Bernardino mayor on Monday as the city struggles through bankruptcy proceedings. (Rachel Luna — Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/01/14, 6:03 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With a comedian’s timing and a victor’s posture, Mayor Pat Morris was all smiles last week as he exchanged praise and plans with local, state and federal dignitaries at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new transit center.

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Jon Mikels Memorial

Angela Dunning shares stories of her father, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels, at a memorial service Saturday at the Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday. Mikels, 66, died at his home on the outskirts of Bandon, Ore., on Dec. 31. (Photo by Canan Tasci /Staff)

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/02/14, 12:06 AM PST |

UPLAND >> A melody by a saxophonist and a pianist filled the high ceilings of Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday afternoon as about 100 friends and family members celebrated the life of former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels at a memorial service.

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California State University

By Josh Dulaney, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/01/14, 10:20 PM PST |

Top administrators for the California State University system warned legislators that years of budget cutbacks have left a $1.8 billion backlog of needed critical repairs and upgrades on campuses throughout the state.

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San Bernardino Mayor-elect Carey Davis

Mayor-elect Carey Davis, an accountant and political newcomer, is taking the helm of San Bernardino at a particularly troubled time: The city is in bankruptcy, crime has risen, and residents say basic services aren’t being delivered. (Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times / February 13, 2014)

By Rick Rojas
March 1, 2014, 4:56 p.m.

Sitting in a spare office on the sixth floor of City Hall, a sweeping view of San Bernardino behind him, the incoming mayor paused a conversation and picked up a ringing phone. It was somebody wanting to know what time the office closed.

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The PE: WORKFORCE: Warehouse job issues debated

John Husing

John Husing of Economics & Pollitics, Inc., left, speaks during a panel discussion on the economic benefit of distribution jobs on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Riverside City Hall. Seated at right is Juan D. De Lara, an assistant professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC. (David Bauman/Staff Photograhper)

February 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A region with one of the country’s highest unemployment rates and a lower-than-average level of educational achievement needs several pathways to the middle class, and there is a debate about whether the logistics industry is a viable one.

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

internet poker

March 1, 2014, 3:00 AM

Rival attempts to legalize Internet poker in California are underway in the Capitol, setting the stage for a lobbying and political showdown over a market worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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Politico: Putin-Obama relationship in deep freeze

Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin

Putin is determined to assert Russia’s place as a major power, despite Obama’s warnings. | AP Photo


3/1/14 4:53 PM EST Updated: 3/2/14 10:53 AM EST

President Barack Obama couldn’t have been clearer when he warned Russia not to send troops into Ukraine.

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The Take
By Dan Balz
Sunday, March 2, 2014

The tea party movement celebrated its fifth anniversary this past week, but there’s been little to celebrate lately about the performance of some of the conservatives running under the tea party banner who have mounted primary challenges to half a dozen Senate Republicans.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton — who hasn’t even said whether she’ll run for president in 2016 — is once more the Democratic favorite, both nationally and in Iowa.

By Mark Z. Barabak
March 1, 2014, 7:07 p.m.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Alta Price seems just the kind of person who could propel Hillary Rodham Clinton through the glass ceiling into the White House. A doctor and Democratic activist, she cited Clinton’s matchless resume as a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State.

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