Archive for December, 2014

SacBee: Opinion: California’s economy a mixed bag

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/30/2014 10:43 PM

California is ending the year on an economic high note, having recovered all of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession and seeing employment continuing to expand.

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CapitolWeekly: 2014: A look back at key stories

Year in Review - 2014

Posted 12.30.2014

Californians started 2014 the way they ended the previous year – parched by drought, hoping for an improved economy, outraged at Capitol corruption scandals and, finally, looking for relief at the fuel pump.

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In-N-Out Burger was listed higher on a recent job site’s top 50 places to work list, above Facebook, Southwest and Apple.

By Jenn Harris
December 30, 2014

The powers of an In-N-Out Double Double burger are strong. According to a survey by the job community website Glassdoor, In-N-Out is a better place to at work than Apple, and even Facebook.

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NationalJournal: Barack Obama Had a Really Terrible Year

Barack Obama

ISIS, Ferguson, the Senate, Ukraine, Ebola, border kids. Really, this was a pretty awful sixth year for the president. Not that he’s acting like it.

By James Oliphant
December 30, 2014

You can make a compelling case that 2014 was the worst year for President Obama since, well, the year before. And, in fact, the president spent much of this year trying to recover from some body blows he took in the final months of 2013, when, in short order, Congress rebuffed him on Syria and the federal health care exchange imploded.

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Reuters: California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions


By Tim Reid
Monday, Dec 29, 2014 – 8:38pm EST

(Reuters) – A group of judges is suing California’s public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

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Kevin McCarthy+Sharon Runner

Then-Assembly Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, listen to floor debate about a levee bill in 2006.

By Christopher Cadelago
12/30/2014 6:37 AM

Former Republican state lawmaker Sharon Runner on Monday released a list of high-profile endorsements as she prepares to run for the Antelope Valley Senate seat coming vacant when Sen. Steve Knight officially takes his place in Congress.

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Politico: Obama nominees in doubt


Democrats pushed through dozens in December, but Republicans have all the leverage now.
By Burgess Everett
12/29/14 9:02 PM EST

Democrats are still dancing in the end zone after running up the score on dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees during the lame duck.

They should enjoy the moment, because Republicans are about to step up their goal-line defense.

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Orange Juice Blog

Monday, December 29, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Our friends at The Orange Juice Blog have penned their final compelling summation of the events surrounding two go-nowhere District Attorney investigations into a coordinated effort to engineer the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds to developers.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Hiring policy on lawyers is questioned


Council members will discuss when outside lawyers are hired and how records of attorney contracts are kept.

Published: Dec. 24, 2014 Updated: Dec. 28, 2014 6:08 p.m.

For years, the Riverside City Attorney’s Office has been hiring outside legal help with only sporadic approval from the City Council and, in some cases, few written contracts or other records, according to city officials and residents.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Chino Valley Unified School District

Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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Ballot Measures

By John Wildermuth
Sunday, December 28, 2014 – Updated 8:03 pm

After more than a century in California’s political spotlight, the state’s initiative process will be getting a major revise next year. Even more surprising, both Democrats and Republicans in the famously partisan Legislature are happy to see it happen.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/29/2014 12:01 AM

This year was the second cycle of California’s experiment with the “top-two” primary election system, under which all candidates appear on the same ballot and the No. 1 and No. 2 vote-getters, regardless of party, face each other in the November election.

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The Sentinel: Sheriff McMahon was highest paid county politician in California


The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2014

(December 22) — San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon was the highest-paid county elected official in California in 2013, according to state controller John Chiang. During his first full year in office as sheriff, McMahon received a total compensation package of well over half of a million dollars.

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VVDailyPress: City’s fiscal crisis top local story of 2014

Year in Review

By Staff Reports
Posted Dec. 27, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

It certainly was a year to remember, and for some maybe one to forget. There was nothing boring about 2014, though.

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VVDailyPress: Financially stressed cities?


Results shock local staffs; official calls report flawed, ‘irresponsible’
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 5:33 PM

HESPERIA — Staff members at one financially stable local municipality were shaking their heads in disbelief after a recent report ranked their city as one of the most likely to file bankruptcy.

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SacBee: Brown looks to history as he builds a new high court

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown, with his wife, Anne Gust Brown by his side is sworn in by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court, right, during his inauguration at Memorial Auditorium in 2011.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
12/28/2014 8:38 AM

Amid pomp and self-important speechifying, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other statewide elected officials will take their oaths of office a week from Monday.

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SacBee: California’s population slows, ages

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/28/2014 12:01 AM

California’s population has always grown, but its pattern has been that of an adolescent – shooting up dramatically some times, slowing to a crawl in others.

We’re now in another slow-growth period – perhaps permanently.

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CNN: CNN/ORC Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

Jeb Bush

By Alexandra Jaffe, CNN
updated 1:15 PM EST, Sun December 28, 2014
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) — Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he’s “actively exploring” a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

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SacBee (AP): Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

Barack Obama

By JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC Associated Press
12/24/2014 11:41 AM


It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month.

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InlandPolitics: Newspaper Fantasyland


Saturday, December 27, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

The customary dull holiday news cycle was pleasantly interrupted on Saturday.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/26/14, 1:25 PM PST | Updated: 1 min ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Repeatedly over the last several years, city officials have cut what they acknowledge are important services, saying shrinking revenues leave the bankrupt city no choice.

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Brooke Self
Staff Writer
Posted Dec. 26, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 8:36 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series of articles reviewing 2014 in each of the Victor Valley’s four municipalities.

ADELANTO — It’s safe to say that Adelanto had something of a rocky year in 2014, facing a fiscal crisis that brought the city of 32,000 residents to the brink of bankruptcy.

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Kevin McCarthy

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s list of policy goals in the coming year includes stopping high-speed rail and pulling Obamacare “out by the roots.” (Toby Jorrin/McClatchy Washington Bureau)

Californians to Watch in 2015
By Christopher Cadelago
12/26/2014 9:38 PM

Eight years ago, then-Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy was leading fellow Republicans in Sacramento, clawing for relevance in a Capitol dominated by Democrats.

Now McCarthy is the second most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Carly Fiorina

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina still owes nearly $500,000 to creditors from her failed 2010 Senate campaign to unseat Barbara Boxer. (Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, December 26, 2014

Carly Fiorina is gearing up to run for president. The National Journal reports she already has begun hiring staff.

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California Money

By John Wildermuth
Thursday, December 25, 2014

In politics, money matters, and plenty of out-of-work politicians want to hang on to their campaign cash for as long as they can.

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The PE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CRomnibus spending bill brings good news for advocates

Spending bill provision forbids federal government from cracking down on Inland medical marijuana

Published: December 25, 201
Updated: December 26, 2014 – 10:49 a.m.

Buried in the $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month is a little relief for medical marijuana advocates such as Jim Camper.

The spending package contains language forbidding federal agencies from using their resources to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

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

SBCO District Attorney

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 12/24/14, 4:49 PM PST |

VICTORVILLE >> An Adelanto middle-school teacher no longer faces child pornography charges, but he pleaded no contest to charges of having adult pornographic images on a school-owned computer.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown of California at his office in Oakland, where he discussed his thinking behind the three unconventional, but applauded, nominations he has made to the State Supreme Court. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

DEC. 25, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Jerry Brown first served as governor of California, he set out to reshape the powerful California Supreme Court by appointing its first female chief justice. But his pick, Rose Bird, had never served as a judge before and came to be perceived as a liberal ideologue.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington in November. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

By Joseph Tanfani
December 25, 2014

When Jeb Bush completed two terms as governor of Florida in 2007, he reported his net worth at $1.3 million, about $700,000 less than when he took office.

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By Nancy Benac
Associated Press
12/26/2014 8:11 AM


Again? Really?

There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president.

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SacBee: New FPPC chair takes low-profile approach

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Californians to watch in 2015
By Laurel Rosenhall
12/24/2014 10:22 PM

Jodi Remke was appointed California’s top political watchdog this spring as a series of scandals unfolded in the state Capitol – bribery charges against two legislators, a perjury conviction against a third and a six-figure fine against a local lobbyist who routinely hosted politicians at his house over fine wines and cigars.

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InlandPolitics: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014 – 12:01 a.m

InlandPolitics would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

SacBee: Gov. Jerry Brown pardons 104 for Christmas

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown continued his tradition of issuing pardons on Christmas Eve. (Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press)

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jeremy B. White
12/24/2014 7:21 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 104 people on Wednesday, continuing his tradition of granting judicial mercy for Christmas.

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By Chico Harlan
December 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

The U.S. economy is growing at an increasingly rapid pace, government data released Tuesday shows, raising hopes that a slow-going American recovery is transforming into a far more robust expansion.

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Politico: Obama’s next sales job: The economy

White House

Wage stagnation, long-term unemployment undermine rosy numbers.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere
12/23/14 6:58 PM EST

President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to roll out an agenda aimed at tackling stagnating wages and helping Americans who feel left out of the economy’s surge, and he’s planning to use the first few weeks of January to travel the country promoting a new economic message.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Gutierrez ends legal fight

Moreno Valley seal

Moreno Valley will pay almost $300,000 in legal fees for both sides in fight over appointment

Published: Dec. 22, 2014 – Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Moreno Valley has agreed to pay about $128,000 in attorney fees in a settlement that will end a lawsuit over last year’s appointment of Councilman Yxstian Gutierrez.

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

Medical Marijuana

By Bob Egelko
Published: Monday, December 22, 2014

In a sharp reversal of federal drug policy, Congress has prohibited the Justice Department from interfering with laws in California and other states that allow the medical use of marijuana. And the turnabout caught the immediate attention of federal judges, who want to know its impact on some recent criminal convictions under the federal law that classifies pot as one of the most dangerous drugs.

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Vivek Ranadive

Believing he wasn’t rewarded for ongoing efforts to keep the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, businessman Darius Anderson has filed a civil complaint against two of the team’s owners, Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov.(Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal)

Ben van der Meer
Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Dec 22, 2014, 4:00pm PST
Updated: Dec 22, 2014, 4:38pm PST

Businessman and lobbyist Darius Anderson has filed a complaint against two of the owners of the Sacramento Kings, alleging he was deceived and left out of the ownership when the team traded hands in spring 2013.

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Operation Revenge
December 19, 2014

Two senior White House staffers stumbled out of the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago into the boozy, early-morning aftermath of President Obama’s Nov. 6, 2012, reelection victory and ran smack into a sober reporter. “It’s over,” one of the wobbly, relieved aides said. “He never has to do this again.”

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Politico: The tortoise and the hare

Hillary Clinton+Jeb Bush

Bush’s bold jump catches Clinton backers by surprise.


By Maggie Haberman
12/18/14 3:51 PM EST

For months, Hillary Clinton’s allies viewed one Republican as posing a bigger threat to her in a 2016 presidential general election matchup than any other: Jeb Bush. But they believed Bush wouldn’t ultimately take the plunge.

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InlandPolitics: Officer safety warnings spread nationwide

Let's Be careful Out There

Monday, December 22, 2014 – 10:45 a.m.

The recent killings of peace officers, two in New York City and one in Florida, have spurred the issuance of officer safety bulletins across the nation.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/21/14, 3:58 PM PST |

Combined, San Bernardino County Assessor Dennis Draeger and Assistant Assessor Dan Harp have put in nearly 75 years of public service to the county.

And now, they are retiring.

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The Sun: Inland Empire home sales expected to pick up in 2015

Home Construction

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/21/14, 7:35 PM PST |

The Inland Empire’s housing market — dormant for the better part of the past decade — appears to be stirring, with new construction sites sprouting throughout the region, and sales are underway in the first post-recession development in Ontario’s ambitious New Model Colony, where as many as 50,000 new homes are expected to be built over the next 20 years.

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By Bob Egelko
Monday, December 22, 2014

The furor over the non-indictments of white police officers for killing unarmed black men in Missouri and New York has led to widespread calls for states to take such cases away from local district attorneys, who work with police every day and often depend on their support for re-election.

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Calpensions: Tackling the big debt that lawmakers let balloon

Pension Reform

By Ed Mendel
December 22, 2014

The debt or “unfunded liability” state Controller John Chiang reported last week for state worker retiree health care, $72 billion, is larger than the unfunded liability for state worker pensions reported by CalPERS in April, $50 billion.

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U.S. Capitol

By David Knowles
Dec 21, 2014 – 3:50 PM PST

If not for President Obama signing 61 bills into law late last week, a new heir to the title of “Do-Nothing Congress” would have been named.

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Affordable Care Act

By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times
Monday, December 22, 2014

Republicans say they have the will to bring down Obamacare — and many are eyeing a little-known, little-used budget too called “reconciliation” to do so.

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VVDailyPress: State Controller reports who’s topping the pay scale


Adelanto city manager, Hesperia Council highest paid locally

Posted Dec. 20, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Updated Dec 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

In general, city managers top the pay scale among city employees, and a report released this week by outgoing state Controller John Chiang indicates that the top brass in and around the Victor Valley and Barstow regions are not an exception to this trend.

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SFChronicle: The opposite of intelligence: Spy versus DiFi

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 10:11 am, Saturday, December 20, 2014

The needle already was in the haystack. That essentially is the message embedded in the Democrats’ Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on CIA interrogations and detentions, approved without a single Republican vote and released by committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget: Five things to watch

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown gestures to a chart as he discusses his revised 2013-14 state budget plan at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, May 13, 2013. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders and Jim Miller –

12/19/2014 4:08 PM | Updated: 12/19/2014 4:16 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal is just around the corner, and it’s the event every lawmaker, lobbyist and chief financial officer in your life will be talking about over the holidays.

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SacBee: California saw ‘striking’ job gains in November


State added more than 90,000 jobs in one month
By Hudson Sangree –
12/19/2014 10:00 AM | Updated: 12/19/2014 8:58 PM

Recovering from the Great Recession has been slow and uncertain for many Californians, especially in the Central Valley. But a state labor report released Friday provided evidence that the Sacramento region is now adding higher-paying jobs.

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Politico: The week the GOP primary began

Jeb Bush+Marco Rubio+Rand Paul

Jeb Bush (left), Marco Rubio (top) and Rand Paul is pictured. | Getty

Bush’s move and the clash over Cuba accelerates the run-up to 2016.

By Katie Glueck
| 12/19/14 6:07 PM EST
| Updated 12/20/14 11:37 AM EST

Jeb Bush got serious, Marco Rubio railed on a topic close to home and Rand Paul took yet another contrarian view.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Brian Nestande gets government job



Published: Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated: 3:41 p.m.

Former Inland Assemblyman Brian Nestande needed a job after he lost his congressional race in November.

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

Dennis Michael


Posted: 12/18/14, 2:07 PM PST |

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael has became the first vice president of the League of California Cities for the next year.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera appeal argued in court


Attorney wants time for discovery in case against Victorville

Posted Dec. 18, 2014 @ 6:46 pm
Updated Dec 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

An attorney who challenged the validity of Victorville’s red light camera system more than two years ago is seeking additional time to gather evidence about whether camera images are really automatic or human influenced — a non-trivial distinction, he said.

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Kevin de Leon

State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) watches a vote count on Aug. 21 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
December 18, 2014

In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills.

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UTSanDiego: Sen. Hueso gets probation in DUI case

San Diego lawmaker also ordered to complete alcohol education program
By Chris Nichols
Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated2:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Sen. Ben Hueso was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to complete an alcohol education program stemming from his August arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol near the Capitol.

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By Joseph Serna
December 18, 2014

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

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LATimes: Business groups cheer Obama’s move to normalize Cuba relations


General Motors could eventually export vehicles to Cuba, a nation filled with aging relics. (Ernesto Mastrascusa, EPA)

By Andrew Khouri
December 17, 2014

President Obama’s decision to start normalizing relations with Cuba gives American business a fresh opportunity on an island once known as a travel hub for the U.S. jet set.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
December 17, 2014

Plunging gasoline costs led to the largest drop in consumer prices in six years last month and added another complication for Federal Reserve policymakers as they try to determine when to start raising interest rates.

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federal reserve

By Jim Puzzanghera,
December 17, 2014

The American economic outlook, bolstered by robust job growth and a sharp drop in gasoline prices, was boosted a little more with the Federal Reserve’s signal that it would take as long as three years to raise interests to once-normal levels.

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WashPost: Jeb Bush: Front-runner, underdog or both?

Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush listens before speaking at the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington on Nov. 20, 2014. (Susan Walsh/AP)

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
December 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Jeb Bush could be the most unusual of presidential candidates: both a front-runner and an underdog.

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged


Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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The PE: ONTARIO AIRPORT: L.A. ordered to hand over documents

LA_Ontario International Airport

A traveler walks through Terminal 4 of the LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Stan Lim, File Photo)

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 – Updated: 5:55 p.m.

Los Angeles was ordered Tuesday to produce documents sought by Ontario in its lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport, which Los Angeles has operated for decades.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/16/14, 8:58 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city has a “work plan” to prepare its bankruptcy exit plan, and it’s been reviewed by the entire City Council — not just the small team that previously was allowed to know details of the confidential mediation where much of the city’s bankruptcy plan has been ironed out.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly will not run for state Senate

Tim Donnelly

Tim Donnelly (File Photo: James Quigg, Daily Press) |

Posted Dec. 16, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Tuesday that he will not run for the soon-to-be available seat in the state 21st Senate District.

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By David Siders
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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LATimes: Emails: Police asked for dirt on O.C. councilmen

Jim Righeimer+Steve Mensinger

Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger are shown. (Los Angeles Times / Daily Pilot)

By Jeremiah Dobruck
Decmeber 16, 2014

Costa Mesa police union suggested ways to catch councilmen in compromising positions, according to emails

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Orange County Seal

The county has hired an outside law firm to suggest what discipline, if any, should be handed out to officials who approved the contracts.

Published: Dec. 16, 2014 Updated: 11:00 p.m.

A longtime county administrator set to become Orange County’s temporary chief executive faces a legal review related to nearly $1 million worth of no-bid contracts issued by the county over the past five years.

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By Chris Megerian
December 16, 2014

Despite efforts to tackle pension costs, state leaders have not set aside money for retiree healthcare

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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Politico: Ted Cruz apologizes for weekend flap

Republican Senators Ted Cruz And Jeff Sessions Hold News Conference On Immigration

By Manu Raju
12/16/14 3:25 PM EST
Updated 12/16/14 4:27 PM EST

Ted Cruz privately apologized to GOP senators Tuesday for interrupting their holiday schedules by his surprise tactics that effectively brought the Senate into session over the weekend.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Politico: Hill Republicans not lining up behind Jeb Bush


By Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:11 PM EST

Republicans in Congress have plenty of nice things to say about Jeb Bush. But influential lawmakers aren’t about to jump on the Bush presidential bandwagon just yet — or bow out of possibly running against him.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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The Sun: San Bernardino teacher accused of sex with students has charges dropped

SBCO Sheriff BadgeSBCO District Attorney

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 9:13 PM PST | Updated: 15 secs ago

About 30 nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will address the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Tuesday following a two-day strike last week in protest of low pay and poor working conditions.

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Jim Brulte

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga, right, receives congratulations after his election as California Republican Party chairman during the CRP convention in Sacramento in 2013.

By Seema Mehta
December 15, 2104

California GOP chairman Jim Brulte, widely credited with reviving the state Republican party’s fortunes, announced Monday that he would seek reelection to the post.

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Loretta Sanchez

The inside of Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s 2014 holiday card features her on a baseball card. Courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. (Courtesy; Loretta Sanchez)

Martin Wisckol

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Speculation is growing that Sen. Barbara Boxer, 74, may not seek re-election in 2016, prompting Time magazine to list potential candidates for the job.

Missing from the list is Rep. Loretta Sanchez, but don’t count out the Santa Ana Democrat.

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LATimes: Southland home prices hit plateau

For Sale

The California Assn. of Realtors is predicting prices will grow 5.2% statewide next year, the slowest pace since 2011.

By Tim Logan
December 15, 2014

After a furious run-up in home prices in 2013, the Southern California housing market flattened out this year — setting the stage for slow but steady growth next year.

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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Politico: Ted Cruz reignites GOP civil war

Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz is pictured. | AP Photo


By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
12/16/14 5:32 AM EST

Republican senators pounded Ted Cruz over the weekend, lashing him for his procedural tactics and ultimately voting in large numbers against his immigration gambit.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Airport talks back on officials’ radar


L.A. mayor, Inland city’s leaders resuming efforts to return facility to local ownership.

Published: Dec. 14, 2014 Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:15 a.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet in January with Ontario officials over stalled talks on the return of Ontario International Airport to the Inland city.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 12/14/14, 6:38 PM PST | Updated: 38 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of a citizens committee tasked with reforming the city charter will meet again Tuesday with lingering questions about what they’re supposed to accomplish.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
12/15/2014 12:08 AM

More than a half-dozen of California’s Democratic congressional members had a scare in last month’s election, barely winning re-election against unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

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