Archive for March 12th, 2016

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Overtime costs soaring


Eight departments spent at least $1 million on OT last fiscal year, a new report finds.

Published: March 11, 2016 – 05:27 p.m.

Eight Riverside County departments spent at least $1 million on overtime during fiscal 2014-15, and five of those departments have seen overtime costs rise 52 percent or more in the past five years, according to a new report from the county auditor-controller.

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


City accounting controls were effectively nonexistent, making it impossible to know whether hundreds of millions of dollars were spent as intended.

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated: March 12, 2016 – 6:08 a.m.

Union Bank of California has provided the city of Beaumont access to financial records needed to determine how former city officials spent hundreds of million of dollars in city bond funds.

To read article by David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses a bill with advisers including Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden. [Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press file]

By Jeff McDonald & Patrick McGreevy |
March 11, 2016 – 6 p.m.

A consumer advocacy group filed a complaint Friday with the state ethics agency seeking an investigation into whether the top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown influenced appointments to the state Public Utilities Commission while she owned stock in PG&E, an allegation rejected immediately by the Governor’s Office.

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Richard Alarcon

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, seen in January, is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas for a San Fernando Valley House seat. (Los Angeles Times)

David Zahniser and Sarah D. Wire
March 11, 2016

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, who saw his convictions for perjury and voter fraud thrown out two months ago, has another curve ball in store for the San Fernando Valley: He’s running for Congress.

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Tim Donnelly


Capitol Alert
By David Siders
March 11, 2016 2:59 PM

  • Former California assemblyman challenging fellow Republican
  • Donnelly made headlines for bringing loaded gun to airport
  • Donnelly brings stint as radio show host to close

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a tea party favorite and unsuccessful candidate for governor, said Friday he is running for Congress, bidding to unseat fellow Republican Paul Cook in Southern California’s desert region.

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Nancy Reagan Funeral

Family and close friends gather for a graveside service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, on Friday, March 11, in Simi Valley, California.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Former first lady Nancy Reagan was celebrated in a stately funeral Friday that evoked the majestic splendor of her eight years in the White House and a Washington era that she and her husband defined.

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U.S. Treasury Building

Contributions to the Treasury Department’s MyRA program can be made through direct deposit from a paycheck or a banking account. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the department is emphasizing the program in hopes that people will use some of their tax returns to begin saving for retirement. (J. David Ake / Associated Press)

Sarah D. Wire
March 11, 2016

A recent study shows nearly half of California workers don’t have a retirement savings plan available at work, and the U.S. Treasury Department is hoping a new no fee, no minimum deposit retirement saving program will fill the gap.

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