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Voters in at least three California counties appeared to have rejected district attorney candidates funded by a liberal consortium that includes New York billionaire George Soros and other wealthy political donors. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)

By Abbie VanSickle and Paige St. John
Jun 06, 2018 | 9:55 PM

  • Big spending by George Soros and liberal groups fails to sway D.A. races in California

As they poured millions of dollars into district attorney campaigns, New York billionaire George Soros and other liberal donors seemed poised for victory in California.

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Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and his office is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the California Attorney General’s Office for allegations that prosecutors and police developed a network of jailhouse informants to illegally garner confessions from inmates. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

By Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register
Posted: 07/29/17 – 12:52 PM PDT |

The gavels had fallen, the cases appeared closed:

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: Dumanis to resign July 7, mulls run for county board

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that she is stepping down as District Attorney after nearly 15 years in the position.

Greg Moran
April 20, 2017

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Thursday she is resigning effective July 7, ending a nearly 15-year tenure as the county’s chief prosecutor.

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The San Diego Union Tribune: DA is called to testify in Azano campaign money trial

Scales of Justice

By Greg Moran |
Aug. 10, 2016 – 12:47 p.m. |

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a Mexican tycoon facing federal charges he illegally contributed $600,000 in cash and services into campaigns for San Diego mayor in 2012 — including Dumanis’ unsuccessful bid.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: Man claims rude remark led to assault by deputy

San Diego County Sheriff Beating

He files a $20 million lawsuit, saying he suffers lasting damage from a head injury inflicted during his arrest at a San Diego County casino hotel.

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 – Updated: 10:52 p.m.

A Riverside man is seeking more than $20 million in a federal civil rights lawsuit that accuses San Diego County sheriff’s deputies of knocking him unconscious with a flashlight at Harrah’s resort near Valley Center in July.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

U-T San Diego: Supervisor had staff do political work

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts’ county staff chased endorsements, attended political events, monitored political groups

By Joshua Stewart
Updated: May 11, 2015

SAN DIEGO — In a busy schedule packed with public appearances, meet-and-greets and speeches, county Supervisor Dave Roberts had his staff make sure they not only kept him abreast of his civic duties, but he also had county employees do political work on his behalf.

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The Sun: Top 10 highest paid elected officials in California


By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:28 PM PST |

Elected officials in San Bernardino County take two of the top three spots in California for highest paid elected officials during fiscal year 2013-14.

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OCRegister: Police fail to report many deadly shootings

Murder Body Outline

A Register investigation shows that one in five fatal incidents across region isn’t disclosed.

Published: June 28, 2014 Updated: June 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.

California’s system for tracking deadly police shootings is plagued by confusion and inadequate oversight, further clouding public knowledge of an officer’s greatest power.

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San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis during her 2012 mayoral campaign. Now funding of that campaign is being investigated. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / April 19, 2012)

By Tony Perry
April 4, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — Former Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley has called for an additional criminal investigation into the case of alleged improper political donations to the campaign of San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis.

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UTSanDiego: Democrats still have $30K of foreign cash

Party says it will hold tainted funds in trust for now
By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 21, 2014

One month after pledging to dispose of $30,000 pegged by prosecutors as an illegal campaign contribution from a foreign national, the Democratic Party of San Diego County has yet to send back or donate the money.

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Hand Gun open carry

A divided federal appeals court has struck down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms. (Photo of Glock 19 handgun from Wikimedia Commons released under public domain)

By Paul Elias, Associated Press

Posted: 02/13/14, 12:25 PM PST | Updated: 8 hrs ago

SAN FRANCISCO — A divided federal appeals court has struck down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

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UTSanDiego: Political corruption case grows

Ravi Singh

Ravi Singh

By Craig Gustafson
Jan. 22, 2014

The corruption case involving a Mexican businessman trying to illegally influence San Diego elections widened Wednesday as a City Hall lobbyist was added to the conspiracy charges and politicians rushed to return campaign contributions from those tainted by the scandal.

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UTSanDiego: Governor has plans for local funds

Jerry Brown

County officials wary that long-term savings will materialize

By Michael Gardner7:06 p.m.May 15, 2013

California’s counties are leery of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget maneuver to immediately siphon money from local coffers, leaving behind an IOU that would be repaid through savings realized much later.

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UTSanDiego: 12 top-paid county bosses in California


By Matt Clark
March 27, 2013 – 06:01 p.m.

Here’s a list of the top 10 highest-paid county executives.

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The PE: TRANSPORTATION: Improvements could hit harder on drivers’ pockets


Published: 05 April 2012 10:43 PM

Faced with a half-trillion dollars in Southern California transportation needs through 2035, officials Thursday called for higher gas taxes or a shift to a fee drivers would pay based on how far they drive.

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LATimes: Median home price falls in Southland

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2012

The Southland’s housing market is flooded with cash-rich, bargain-hunting investors snapping up distressed homes and dragging down overall prices — but their presence also indicates the market could be nearing bottom.

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Frank C. Girardot, Staff Writer
Created: 09/30/2011 05:03:08 PM PDT

Local officials are bracing for a radical realignment of the state penal system that will place thousands of low-level felons in county jail rather than prison.

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InlandPolitics: Trial date for civil proceedings in Colonies matter rescheduled

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – 04:15 p.m.

A San Diego County Superior Court Judge has reset the trial date for San Bernardino County’s lawsuit to recover a portion of its $102 million settlement with Colonies Partners.

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DailyBulletin: Restating the priorities

South California
Supervisor urges 13 counties to secede
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 07/11/2011 08:10:22 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE – A local lawmaker has called for much of Southern and Central California to secede from the Golden state.

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The PE: REGION: State fees loom for homeowners in fire-prone areas

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – The just-signed state budget is poised to hit the wallets of thousands of Inland Southern California residents living in places where the state has the main firefighting responsibility.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: CFO Arabatzsis departs for San Diego County

Monday, April 18, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

The chief financial officer for San Bernardino County is leaving for a new gig closer to his coastal home.

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SDUnionTribune: County faces $296 million retirement fund payment

By Christopher Cadelago
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.

San Diego County will have to contribute $296 million to its retirement fund in the fiscal year that begins in July — the largest-ever payment coming on the heels of an economic downturn that devastated investments.

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DailyBulletin: Brown wants bigger roles for cities, counties

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 01/05/2011 05:46:05 PM PST

Local government officials’ interests were piqued when Gov. Jerry Brown said on Tuesday he wants to try a new approach to dealing with the state’s budget mess by restructuring the relationship with local government agencies and shifting many state services to county and city control.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown takes a hard look at Prop. 13

By Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

In his first full day on the job, Gov. Jerry Brown walked right up to the third rail of California politics: Proposition 13.

Heading into a meeting with local government officials Tuesday morning, Brown said implementation of the property-tax limits that Californians hold dear has contributed to the state’s financial mess. The new governor said his budget proposal next week would include plans to return to cities and counties many government functions that Sacramento took over after Proposition 13 passed.

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SDUnionTribune: Details of lawmakers trips are mostly kept secret

San Diego delegation has spent about $188,000 over 15 months

By Michael Gardner
Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:20 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers from San Diego County spent $188,000 flying on more than 520 round-trips in the 15 months ending in September, but most details of the travel are secret.

The Legislature has declined to release the majority of the data on the grounds that it might compromise security to divulge travel routines between Sacramento and San Diego.

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SDUnionTrib: City manager benefits can add 68% over base pay

Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 10:42 p.m.

Paul C. Malone launched his career in San Marcos government as a planner in 1981, when the North County city was still a teenager. He earned his way to city manager and is now paid almost $5,000 a week in base pay.

But his overall compensation stretches far beyond the $242,652 the city reports as his annual salary.

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CapitolWeekly: Capitol watches as Riverside, San Diego prepare for recount

By Anthony York | 07/15/10 12:00 AM PST

Recount. The very word now conjures up decade-old images of a carnival-like scene in the county seats of Florida, where we all learned new terms like “hanging chads,” “overvotes” and “Kathleen Harris.”

Alas, those days are over, but elections officials in Riverside and San Diego counties are girding for their own journey into uncharted electoral waters this week. That’s because Assemblywoman Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista, asked for a recount in the two counties of the 40th Senate District where she did better than her Democratic opponent, Juan Vargas.

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RivPE Editorial: Pension largesse

10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County needs to bring its lavish public pension system back in line with financial reality. The county faces growing costs for retirement benefits at a time when budget shortfalls threaten public services. Supervisors should make changes that create a more affordable system and ease the burden on taxpayers.

A new report from the county’s Pension Advisory Review Committee puts the county’s retirement plan in stark context. The county has to find an additional $800 million over the next 30 years to pay for its pension promises, including the $375 million the county still owes on a pension bond from 2005.

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SDUnionTribune: Pension case legal fees at $1.75 million


Monday, April 12, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego taxpayers have paid at least $1.75 million in legal fees for the five former city and pension officials who had their federal criminal charges dismissed last week, according to city and pension system records.

The total represents combined fees for federal and state prosecutions as well as a Securities and Exchange Commission civil probe.

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VoiceofSanDiego: Stung by Losses, Pension Fund Invests With Borrowed Money

Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2010 6:16 pm | Updated: 7:19 pm, Sun Apr 4, 2010.


In the conservative world of pension investing, San Diego County’s retirement fund has long stood out like a Formula One racecar in a fleet of grey four-door sedans.

In recent years, the pension gunned an aggressive and complex mix of investments that backfired during the financial crisis. Now, the fund’s managers are retooling and launching a novel investment strategy that seeks to boost returns by using borrowed money.

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