Archive for May 18th, 2014

USAToday (CNBC): Gas prices shouldn’t be high, but are: What gives?

Gas Prices

Javier E. David, CNBC
May 18, 2014 – 7:16 a.m. EDT

Rumors about the demise of U.S. gasoline demand have been greatly exaggerated.

Until late 2013, most energy observers forecast the world’s most reliably gas-guzzling market to consume less fuel this year. What was once thought to be a structural decline in demand, however, has proven more durable than expected.

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The pay hikes for Service Employees International Union members are in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars guaranteed to the county’s 18,000 employees in the coming years.

Published: May 17, 2014 Updated: 7:38 p.m.

Members of a Riverside County public employee union will get $16 million in raises and other benefits over two years to settle grievances the union brought over its 2012 contract.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 10:10 PM PDT |

CalPERS has again agreed to push back its appeal of San Bernardino’s bankruptcy eligibility and cancel an August hearing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying in a joint filing with the city that the delay is “critical to the success of the ongoing mediation.”

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San Bernardino Justice Center

The new San Bernardino Justice Center is open, build on 7-acres donated by the City of San Bernardino, the new 11-story courthouse has 35 courtrooms and two hearing rooms, Monday, May 12, 2014. The historic courthouse, which sits directly across the street, will now be used for family law and probate cases. (John Valenzuela/Staff Photographer)

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/17/14, 2:30 PM PDT |

Now that the new Justice Center is open in San Bernardino, a long fight seems all but lost for some Rancho Cucamonga attorneys and city officials opposed to the major reorganization that began last week to transfer court cases between some of the county’s five court locations.

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Gavin Newsom+Kamala Harris

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, two of the best-known Democrats on the June 3 ballot, are widely seen as unbeatable. (Getty Images, Associated Press)

Michael Finnegan
May 17, 2014

Republicans trying to unseat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris share a common complaint: The two Democrats are so confident of reelection that they’re already laying ground to run for governor in 2018.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 – 12:00 am

Three years ago, early in the 2011 baseball season, the Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins, while trying to score in a game against the San Francisco Giants, collided with Buster Posey, the Giants’ star catcher, who was blocking home plate.

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By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 05/17/2014 09:00:00 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown last week proposed the first substantive strategy to shore up the state’s woefully underfunded teacher pension plan.

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By Robert Costa
May 18, 2014

In his lone commencement address of the year, former Florida governor Jeb Bush urged students at a Christian liberal arts college Saturday to reaffirm their socially conservative values, a sign that he is underscoring his own as he considers running in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.

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The Hill: Reid wants a no-surprises Senate

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 05/17/14 12:59 PM EDT

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to decide what Senate floor amendments Republicans can offer to guard against “gotcha” votes that could cost Democrats their majority.

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