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Jul 23, 2014 11:21am

The Bell saga continues as former Mayor George Cole was sentenced today to 180 days of home confinement. The judge also ordered Cole to perform 1,000 hours of community service.

Prosecutors were pushing for Cole to be sentenced to four years in state prison after he was convicted last year of stealing from the city’s treasury. He was caught collecting an oversized salary and later pleaded guilty to an additional corruption charge.

Jul 22, 2014 11:25am

The website CreditDonkey.com has conducted a survey, rating the most stressful cities in the state. The company has looked at statistics from several cities, including the percentage of divorcees, odds of being a victim of a violent crime, commute time, average hours worked per week, and a handful of other criteria that contribute to the headaches and high blood pressure of Californians. 

Of the cities, the number one spot and the number four spot might be the most interesting, as both Lancaster and Victorville recently topped a previous list of the most boring cities in...

Jul 22, 2014 11:24am

On Monday, Ex-Rosemead Mayor John Tran was sentenced to 21 months in prison for witness tampering. The tampering occurred to resolve a bribery and extortion case involving a real estate developer. 

Tran could have been sentenced to up to 25 years for his role in the bribery case, but agreed to plead guilty to two felonies, which instead required him to spend 21 months in prison. If he had not accepted the deal, he would have also had to pay $38,000 in restitution—the amount prosecutors said he took in bribes. The two felonies he pleaded guilty to were attempted witness tampering...

Jul 22, 2014 11:22am

The Rancho Cordova council voted yesterday to place a sales tax measure before residents on the November ballot. The tax, if approved by voters, would raise the city’s tax by half a cent. The revenue would be put towards community priorities such as “well-maintained streets, quality parks, and neighborhood safety are vitally important to enhancing our community’s character and property values,” said City Manager Brian Nakamura. 

Nakamura went on to explain that the tax raise would allow the city to keep its budget balanced for the 12th year in a row, while still allowing the...

Jul 22, 2014 11:20am

With California facing its worst drought in decades, state and local officials have implored residents to limit water usage. But some residents complain that their city is now sending mixed messages when it comes to water conservation.

Glendora residents Laura Whitney and her husband Michael Korte, for instance, thought they were being responsible when they cut their lawn-watering down to twice a week in an effort to save water.  To their dismay, however, they soon received a letter from the city threatening a $500 fine for allowing their grass to go brown. Ironically, the...

Jul 22, 2014 11:15am

East Palo Alto City Manager Magda Gonzalez will soon be replaced, according to city officials.

“At this point, we’re going to be looking at hiring a new city manager,” Mayor Laura Martinez confirmed Wednesday. 

The city is being tight-lipped as to the reasons for Gonzalez’s departure, but Vice Mayor Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier acknowledged she received complaints from residents about Gonzalez throughout the previous weekend.

Gonzalez’s two years with the city have been rocky,...

Jul 17, 2014 11:23am

Yet another city has decided to stub out electronic cigarettes in public. 

The Woodland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning the popular, smokeless devices in public places and within 20 feet of any commercial buildings.

Under the ordinance, e-cigarettes are given the same treatment as traditional cigarettes. That means they will also be prohibited at city parks, as well as the Buchignani and Camarena ball parks, Community Swim Center, Municipal Swim Pool, and the Woodland Public Library. They are already prohibited at Woodland High School...

Jul 17, 2014 11:19am

The City of Encinitas and San Dieguito Water District are warning some 615 former and current employees that their personal information, including names and social security numbers, were inadvertently exposed on the city’s website for approximately 6 weeks. 

The mishap occurred on or around May 13, 2014 when a California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) payment document was accidentally posted to the site. It was removed on July 3. Between its...

Jul 17, 2014 11:17am

The city of Bellflower has joined a growing list of municipalities to face legal challenges over their voting methods. 

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and two law firms filed a lawsuit against the city Monday, claiming that its at-large system violates the California Voting Rights Act by diluting minority votes.

Despite the city’s 52 percent Latino population, not a...

Jul 17, 2014 11:14am

On Tuesday, California water regulators voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for residents who are considered wasteful in their water consumption. Residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping, and car washing are among those targeted.

This decision has come in the wake of a recent report that has shown that despite the historic drought, California’s water consumption has actually increased 1% last May compared to the average water...

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