Archive for February, 2016

InlandPolitics: Donald Trump nears majority support in latest CNN/ORC Poll

Runaway Train

Monday, February 29, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Republican Front-runner Donald Trump is about to take on the roll of a runaway train.

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Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer addresses the California Democratic Party convention in San Jose on Saturday. Boxer will retire after the November election. (Ben Margot / AP)

Cathleen Decker
February 28, 2016

The state Democratic Party convention held here over the weekend presented an occasionally jarring contrast: Democrats gathered at what seemed like a 50th college reunion for veteran politicians, and at the same time one of the biggest rounds of applause came at the mention of Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate few of those politicians support.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
February 28, 2016 – 4:01 PM

  • Voters told what will happen if they approve measures
  • But is officialdom duty-bound to make it happen?
  • Ignoring promises erodes trust in the system

So you, a conscientious voter, read the language, the official summary, the economic analysis and the pro and con arguments before voting on a state ballot measure.

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By Ed Mendel
February 29, 2016

A superior court judge has awarded judges back pay and a pension increase, ruling that a five-year freeze on their salary did not keep pace with average increases in state worker pay, a requirement under state law.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown ‘hopeful’ in California Supreme Court ruling

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Thursday January 21, 2016. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. /

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
February 27, 2016 7:43 PM

  • California governor defends administration’s handling of crime initiative
  • Brown supporters expected to start circulating petition immediately
  • Brown says “the process worked”

Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.

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Capitol Alert
By David Siders
February 27, 2016 – 5:07 PM

  • Potential Democratic candidates for governor address income inequality at convention
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer says ‘inequality in California is shocking’
  • Focus on poverty is in contrast to speeches by Gov. Jerry Brown

The chorus at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention on Saturday served to highlight an intraparty tug-of-war over the state of the economy, while previewing the state’s still-distant race for governor.

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Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio, center, with a bipartisan group of senators at a Washington news conference to unveil details of an immigration overhaul bill in April 2013. (Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

By Jason Horowitz
February 27, 2016

A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.

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The Wall Street Journal: Peggy Noonan: Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

Donald Trump

Donald Trump supporters at a Nevada caucus, Feb. 23. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images


Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Feb. 25, 2016 – 8:02 p.m. ET

  • Why political professionals are struggling to make sense of the world they created.

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump, they say.

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Bombshell: Roger Stone reveals establishment using Mitt Romney as Plan B if Rubio fails!

Kit Daniels |
February 27, 2016

Insiders who were at a recent meeting between the Koch Bros. and Marco Rubio leaked intel on how exactly they’re going to try and steal the election from Donald Trump, GOP strategist Roger Stone revealed.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton wins South Carolina Primary

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes part in a Center for American Progress roundtable discussion on "Expanding Opportunities in America's Urban Areas" in Washington.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 04:05 p.m.

As expected Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defeated Bernie sanders in the South Carolina Primary.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 04:00 p.m.

The union representing public attorneys employed by San Bernardino County has secured a new collective bargaining agreement through August 2019.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 03:00 p.m.

Surprisingly there’s only two in a slew of San Bernardino County Superior Court Judgeship’s being contested in June.

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Donald Trump

Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.

While Republican Front-runner Donald Trump is barnstorming the southern states, his polling numbers continue to improve.

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San Bernardino County Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/16 – 2:46 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Friday announced that a Berkeley-based prisoner rights organization will be filing a class action lawsuit alleging the conditions at county jails violate inmate civil rights.

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Daily Press: Lawsuit challenges Tapestry


Environmental groups cite lack of water, say endangered species will suffer.

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Feb. 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — A coalition of public interest groups on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges the city of Hesperia’s approval of the controversial Tapestry Project.

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Sam Clauder

Samuel Hershel Clauder II, a former spokesman and finance chairman for the San Bernardino County Democratic Center Committee. (Staff file photo)

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/16 – 3:09 PM PST |

A former up-and-comer in San Bernardino County political circles, who was once wrongfully jailed and charged with possession of child pornography, has found himself in the legal spotlight again — this time in Texas for allegedly possessing nearly 200 pounds of marijuana.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown at his State of the State address in January. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

John Myers
February 26, 2016

The California Supreme Court on Friday evening allowed Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies to begin gathering voter signatures for a November ballot measure to revamp prison parole policy, a temporary victory until the justices determine whether state officials properly followed election laws.

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InlandPolitics: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump

Donald Trump+Chris Christie

Friday, February 26, 2016 – 10:45 a.m.

The GOP establishment apple cart has just been turned over.

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InlandPolitics: Latest polling in GOP primary contests


Friday, February 26, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

It was time for Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to try and deliver a blow to front-runner Donald J. Trump on Thursday night.

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InlandPolitics: Gas prices: The Golden State Gouge

Gas Prices

Friday, February 26, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The Golden State Gouge!

I had never heard the phrase until Friday morning. But it would appear to be appropriate.

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San Bernardino Seal

City Attorney Gary Saenz said the city has overcome “major stumbling blocks” in its recovery.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 Updated: Feb. 26, 2016 6:49 a.m.

San Bernardino is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday, Feb. 25.

To read article by Alejandra Molina in The Press-Enterprise, click here.


Officials say they’ll seek savings but expect to spend reserves to cover some of $8 million budget gap.

Published: Feb. 25, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 26, 2016 – 6:43 a.m.

After projecting a $1 million surplus last June, Riverside officials now say the city faces an $8 million deficit this fiscal year and potential budget gaps in coming years.

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

California Supreme Court

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 25, 2016 – 8:23 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday asked California’s Supreme Court to stay a judge’s ruling that could stall his proposal to reduce the state’s prison population for two years.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
February 25, 2016 – 3:43 PM

  • Governor’s sentencing measure hits legal roadblock
  • He caused it by delaying submission of initiative
  • Were he to prevail, system would be distorted even more

Jerry Brown may be fuming that a Superior Court judge has blocked, at least temporarily, his ballot measure to overhaul criminal sentencing laws.

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Medical Marijuana

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
February 25, 2016 6:09 PM

  • Budding marijuana lobby gains influence at California Capitol
  • More than two dozen interest groups lobbied marijuana issues in 2015
  • Recent medical marijuana legislation supported by police chiefs and cities marked a turning point for the industry
  • Lawmakers increasingly open-minded to once taboo marijuana endorsements

When word spread around the Capitol that freshly minted lobbyist Amy Jenkins signed on to represent the California Cannabis Industry Association, veteran lobbyists told her the move could ruin her political career.

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Apple Inc.

Apple is battling the U.S. government’s order to circumvent security features on an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino attackers. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images)

Joel Rubin, Maura Dolan and James Queally
February 25, 2016

  • Apple says the FBI’s court order violates its free speech rights

Apple dug in Thursday for its blockbuster legal battle against the U.S. government, arguing in new court papers that a federal judge overstepped her authority and violated the company’s constitutional rights when she granted an order compelling it to help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump “bandwagon effect” in play

Donald Trump

Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 12:30 a.m.

Businessman Donald Trump, the front-runner for the republican nomination for president, is in the driver’s seat.

He will garner the nomination and likely win the presidency.

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Greg Devereaux

Greg Devereaux, 58, of Ontario, has been named county administrative officer as seen in Ontario January 13, 2010. (Gabriel Luis Acosta)

By Staff report
Posted: 02/24/16 – 8:42 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Greg Devereaux, San Bernardino County’s chief executive officer, was elected as a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he will join a long list of national dignitaries, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Attorney General Dick Thornburg, former Cabinet Secretary Donna Shalala and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

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Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Liset Márquez
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/24/16 – 9:05 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> A new city department and the return of the Red Hill Park lake were among the upcoming developments touted by Mayor Dennis Michael at his annual state-of-the-city address.

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By Don Thompson, Associated Press
Feb. 24, 2016 – 9:36 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state judge on Wednesday blocked Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s prison population, despite warnings that her decision could effectively stall its consideration by voters until 2018.

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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Shan Li
February 24, 2016

A court ruling is pushing California restaurant owners to rethink how to pay employees.

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Appellate Courts

Joy Resmovits and Howard Blume
February 24, 2016

One of the highest-stakes battles in education is about to resume Thursday in a Los Angeles courtroom as teacher unions and their allies try to win back job protections that were tossed out in a landmark 2014 ruling.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Mayor faces ethics hearing as election season begins


Published: Feb. 22, 2016 – Updated: 9:57 p.m.

A year-and-a-half old ethics complaint that Riverside Councilman Paul Davis filed against Mayor Rusty Bailey may be resolved this week, just as the 2016 mayor’s race gets underway.

Bailey is seeking re-election and Davis has been campaigning to replace him.

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

Apple Inc.


Associated Press

By Tami Abdollah and Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
Posted: 02/23/16 – 10:34 AM PST |

WASHINGTON — Some family members of victims and survivors of the San Bernardino terror attack will file court papers in support of a judge’s order that Apple Inc. help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone as part of the terrorism investigation, a lawyer and others said Monday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
February 23, 2016 – 4:07 PM

  • Attorney wants emails touching on nuclear plant closure
  • California Public Utilities Commission resists demand for emails
  • Old friend of governor blocks court order for email release

A legal flap over Gov. Jerry Brown’s communications with the Public Utilities Commission is escalating – and now involves one of Brown’s oldest friends.

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Associated Press

By Don Thompson, Associated Press
February 23, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s tax board voted Tuesday to lower the state excise tax on gasoline by 2.2 cents per gallon as of July 1.

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Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

By Philip Rucker and David Weigel
February 24, 2016 at 2:05 AM
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LAS VEGAS — Donald Trump swept to a convincing victory in the Nevada presidential caucuses here Tuesday evening, building a broad coalition that left his top two rivals trailing far behind and accelerating his march to the Republican nomination.

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There are at least three ongoing investigations into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.

By Spencer S. Hsu
February 23, 2016 at 4:02 PM

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

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Daily Press: Deputies to stand trial for Francis Pusok beating

Scales of Justice

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer
Posted Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:09 AM

  • Prosecutor calls trio’s actions a ‘breach of public trust’

SAN BERNARDINO — Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies seen on video beating Francis Pusok last April in a rural county area near Apple Valley were ordered to stand trial Monday.

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GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

John Myers
February 22, 2016

Californians may be more disenchanted with political party labels than at any time in modern history, as new voter registration data show another shift away from party affiliation coming at the same time as a presidential race that exposes deep partisan divides nationwide.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
February 22, 2016 – 3:54 PM

  • Gov. Jerry Brown proposes tax on medical organizations
  • It would generate net gain in federal health care aid
  • Republican votes needed and likely in Assembly

Opposition to new taxes has been a bedrock stance for Republican legislators, one they can enforce because taxes require two-thirds legislative votes.

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Politico: McCarthy: Trump is most likely nominee


By Nick Gass
02/22/16 – 08:10 AM EST

Donald Trump is the most likely candidate to win the Republican nomination, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Monday, adding that he believed the race post-South Carolina to be between the Manhattan developer and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Fox Business Channel

Monday, February 22, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Former United States District Judge Stephen G. Larson has been appointed to represent the victims of the December 2, 2015 terror attacks in San Bernardino.

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By Dan Levine
Technology | Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 11:24am EST

Some victims of the San Bernardino attack will file a legal brief in support of the U.S. government’s attempt to force Apple Inc to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, a lawyer representing the victims said on Sunday.

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Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the U.S. Senate, hosts a forum at Service Employees International Union Local 721 in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Milka Soko)

Published: Feb. 21, 2016 – Updated: 5:38 p.m.

  • California’s attorney general is running as a Democrat for U.S. Senate.

It makes sense, financially and otherwise, to spend on measures to prevent children from becoming criminals as adults, California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said during a campaign stop in Riverside on Sunday, Feb. 21.

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


Tami Abdollah and Bree Fowler | AP
February 21, 2016 – 03:17 PM

The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple Inc. and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
February 21, 2016 9:35 AM

  • Jerry Brown cites ‘unintended consequences’ of 1977 law
  • Nearly all major political decisions have such effects
  • We should be skeptical of promised benefits of legislation

When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a criminal sentencing reform measure last month, he cited the “unintended consequences” of a law he had signed nearly 40 years earlier.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton score wins, while Bush exits

Donald Trump+Hillary Clinton

Businessman Donald Trump and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are firmly on a path for a general election showdown.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

GOP Front-runner Donald Trump and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton each scored election victories on Saturday.

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Saturday, February 21, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

When will it end?

Meaning when will taxpayers stop flipping the bill for failed leadership, bad management and poor oversight in San Bernardino County operations?

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Ray Musser

Upland Mayor  Ray Musser (File)

By Liset Márquez
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/20/16 – 6:58 PM PST |

UPLAND >> Former City Manager Stephen Dunn said the effort to recall Mayor Ray Musser has failed to gather the necessary signatures.

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Donald Trump

Republican presidential primary in South Carolina

Seema Mehta, Lisa Mascaro and Noah Bierman
February 20, 2016

Donald Trump rode a week of insults directed at a popular pope and a GOP president to trounce his opponents in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary Saturday, the most convincing evidence to date that his establishment-smashing campaign is on track to win him the nomination.

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Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush tells supporters in South Carolina that he is ending his campaign for president. (Mark Makela / Getty Images)

Cathleen Decker and Seema Mehta
February 20, 2016

He launched his campaign in the warmth of a Florida summer, hailed as the candidate who melded a new, multicultural Republican appeal, a family history of winning and the most formidable fundraising machine his party had ever built.

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CNN: Legal luminaries mourn Scalia

Antonin Scalia

By Ariane de Vogue and Eugene Scott, CNN
Saturday, February 20, 2016 | Updated 10:27 PM ET

Washington (CNN) — A somber reunion of legal luminaries came to Washington on Saturday to celebrate the life of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last week at age 79.

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The Sacramento Bee: State spending more money than ever, but how to measure it?

California Taxes

Data Tracker
By Jim Miller
February 19, 2016 – 7:41 PM

  • Total general fund and special funding in proposed plan tops $167 billion
  • Plan reflects about $7.78 in spending for every $100 in personal income
  • More spending has been shifted from general fund to special funds

When it comes to debating whether California government spends too much money or too little, there are multiple reasons agreement is hard to come by.

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Tim Cook

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is resisting a federal judge’s order that Apple build software to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorist attackers. Above, Cook speaks in 2014. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

Paresh Dave
February 19, 2016

Senior Apple executives underscored Friday that they have no intention of backing down in a high-stakes fight with the FBI over an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s San Bernardino terror attack.

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Cheryl Brown

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.

Published: Feb. 18, 2016 2:14 p.m.

Two Democrats running to represent part of San Bernardino County in the Assembly continue to gather endorsements that reflect a matchup between the Democratic establishment and liberals who want to take down a moderate incumbent.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Rancho Cucamonga Seal

By Liset Márquez
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/18/16 – 11:39 AM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The threat of a lawsuit has prompted city officials to explore the idea of abandoning at-large voting and instead form council districts.

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Ted Olson

Apple has hired high-profile attorneys Ted Olson, above, and Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. to fight the FBI’s demand for help hacking into an iPhone. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Maura Dolan and Victoria Kim
February 18, 2016

A court order requiring Apple to create a way to help law enforcement get access to a terrorist’s smartphone amounts to an “unprecedented” stretch of an antiquated law — one that is likely to spark an epic fight pitting privacy against national security, legal scholars said Thursday.

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Apple Inc.

Prominent lawyer Ted Olson has joined Apple’s effort to fight a judge’s order calling on the firm to help the FBI gain access to data on a cellphone used by the San Bernardino terrorists.

Taylor GoldensteinT
February 18, 2016

Legal titan Ted Olson has signed on to help Apple Inc. fight a court order requiring the tech giant to assist the FBI in unlocking a phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, court records show.

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InlandPolitics: Fox News in the anti-Trump tank?

Fox News Donald Trump

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Is Fox News Channel in the anti-Trump tank?

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Sources go on the record alleging that witnesses called to testify have been threatened.



By: Gina Silva
Posted:    Feb 17 2016 – 09:29 PM PST
Updated: Feb 17 2016 – 10:33 PM PST

Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job.

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Oscar Valdez

Oscar Valdez

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/16 – 12:42 AM PST |

Succeeding longtime San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker could be an intimidating prospect for some, but Oscar Valdez said he is ready to take the helm when Walker retires March 5.

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Apple Inc.

Apple resists demand to help FBI hack into terrorist’s iPhone

Tracey Lien, Brian Bennett, Paresh Dave and James Queally
February 17, 2016

Setting up a pitched battle between Silicon Valley and the counter-terrorism community, Apple’s chief executive said Wednesday that his company would fight a court order demanding the tech giant’s help in the San Bernardino attack investigation, turning what had been a philosophical dispute into a legal skirmish that could have major ramifications for the tech industry.

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Shan Li
February 17, 2016

Employers in Los Angeles and the rest of California will keep hiring in the next two years but at a slightly slower pace than in 2015, a new report said.

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InlandPolitics: Donald Trump dominance continues unabated, despite critic assertions

Campaign 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

Following GOP Donald Trump’s highly-energetic South Carolina debate performance last Saturday night came renewed assertions from the establishment talking heads that the billionaire was, once again finished.

Yes. Finished with a capital “F”.

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Moreno Valley seal

World Logistics Center opponents fall short in a petition drive to let voters decide on the project.

Published: Feb. 16, 2016
Updated: Feb. 17, 2016 – 8:09 a.m.

Moreno Valley residents will not get a chance to vote on the World Logistics Center.

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


Larry Walker, longtime San Bernardino County auditor-controller/ treasurer/ tax collector, is retiring March 4.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/16/16 – 6:55 PM PST |

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is expected to announce Wednesday a successor to longtime Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, whose last day is March 4.

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Kelly Fredericks

OIAA’s new CEO Kelly Fredericks talks about his new position during Ontario councilman Alan Wapner’s annual quarterly event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher / Staff Photographer)

By Liset Márquez
@JournaLiset on Twitter
Posted: 02/16/16 – 5:49 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> As the incoming chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority, Kelly J. Fredericks wants to manage expectations.

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Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari, now the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, speaks in Sacramento on July 21, 2014, during his campaign for California governor. (Steve Yeater / Associated Press)

Jim Puzzanghera
February 16, 2016

A top Federal Reserve official who administered the 2008 bank bailout fund suggested Tuesday that Congress consider breaking up the largest financial firms or treating them like public utilities to prevent their failures.

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Donald Trump Rally - S.C.

Donald Trump supporters cheer during a campaign rally in Greenville, S.C., on Monday. (Olivier Douliery / TNS)

Noah Bierman and Lisa Mascaro
February 16, 2016

Robert Bowers, a 50-year-old debt collector, conceded that Donald Trump may have gone “overboard just a little bit” when he attacked President George W. Bush, saying he lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and failed to stop the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Politico: GOP keeps door ajar on SCOTUS consideration

Scalia Chamber Seat Draped

The draped seat of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away Saturday.

By Burgess Everett
Published: 02/16/16 – 07:24 PM EST
Updated 02/16/16 – 08:38 PM EST

  • Some Republicans are getting queasy over the optics of barring a Supreme Court nominee from even a courtesy hearing.

Mitch McConnell’s message to the White House after Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday seemed unequivocal: Don’t even bother sending a Supreme Court nominee to Congress, we won’t act on it.

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InlandPolitics: Let the games begin. Election filing period arrives.

Elections 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Let the games begin.

The filing period for the California Primary Election, set for June 3, is officially open.

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Court Filings

In federal filings, attorneys call retaliation claims ‘vague’

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:    Feb. 15, 2016 at 2:19 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2016 at 5:25 PM

RIVERSIDE — Attorneys for a local wastewater agency and Hesperia city councilman have filed a motion in federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by the agency’s finance director which accuses them of retaliation after she said she sought to expose corruption.

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Red Flag

By Liset Márquez
Posted: 02/15/16, 9:55 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> City leaders are criticizing a councilman for tying a campaign fundraiser with the public’s first opportunity to meet Ontario International Airport Authority’s new executive director.

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John Myers
February 15, 2016

In an election year in which Californians, by virtue of the state’s relative insignificance in the presidential campaign and a fairly tepid U.S. Senate race, have been spared the brunt of nonstop politicking, political experts say the storm is coming.

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Los Angeles Times: How Scalia’s death may save teachers unions — for now

Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died over the weekend, potentially affecting cases before the court, including an attempt to limit the financial reach of teachers unions. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

Howard Blume
February 14, 2016

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could deal a major blow to a California lawsuit that had been widely expected to weaken the financial muscle of teachers unions across the country.

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InlandPolitics: More South Carolina Polling, and the Professional Pundits

United States presidential election, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016 – 09:00 a.m.

The professional political pundits are letting Donald Trump, not to mention anyone else that will listen, know he lost the latest GOP presidential debate held in Greenville, North Carolina on Saturday night.

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GOP Debate - 021316

Republican candidates prepare to debate in South Carolina

Seema Mehta, Noah Bierman and Evan Halper
February 13, 2016

The six Republicans running for president called one another liars 22 times, insulted each other’s families and even screamed at one another in Spanish as the party’s fierce battle over its identity crescendoed in their latest debate Saturday night.

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Antonin Scalia

Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on Saturday, Feb. 13. Scalia was appointed to the high court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.

By Robert Barnes
February 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court’s modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers and ignited liberal critics, died Feb. 13 on a ranch near Marfa, Tex. He was 79.

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InlandPolitics: Trump polling lead grows as smaller debate stage approaches

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The stage layout for the GOP Presidential Debate in Greenville, South Carolina to be televised by CBS on Saturday evening.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s another in a plethora of GOP debates on tap for Saturday night.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.

CNN’s Jake Tapper tried to make Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explain how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont U.S. Bernie Sanders won the same amount of delegates in the New Hampshire Primary.

Even though Sanders crushed Clinton by 22-percentage points.

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Freedom Communications

Saturday, February 13, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

Bankrupt Freedom Communication, parent company of The Orange County Register and The Press-Enterprise, has already been ran into the ground by former CEO Aaron Kushner.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca outside court in Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin and Cindy Chang
February 12, 2016

The sheriff’s lie came 25 minutes into the interview.

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Anne Marie Schubert

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert in January 2015. She is a plaintiff in a new lawsuit challenging a ballot measure proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Hector Amezcua

Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
February 12, 2016 11:38 AM

  • Lawsuit by DA’s association said Jan. 25 amendments not germane to Dec. 22 filing
  • Suit asks a judge to order that the Brown-backed proposal start over
  • Attorney general’s office scheduled to issue title and summary for amended measure this month

California prosecutors have asked a judge to block a newly amended ballot measure championed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would make it easier for nonviolent prisoners to get parole.

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