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Illegal Cockfighting Ring near Salton Sea Broken Up with 32 People Arrested

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[Best Syndication News] There was 32 people arrested after a raid by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services and Sheriff's Deputies to break up an illegal cockfighting ring near the North Shore of the Salton Sea this past Sunday.

The Riverside County Sheriff's department announced that several of the subject fled the area by foot and by vehicles in the nearby surrounding desert. The 32 people were arrested for crimes which included cruelty to animals, cock fighting or being a spectator at a cock fighting event.

The Riverside County Animal Control and the County Code Enforcement assisted with the rosters. They found three dead roasters and 37 live roosters were taken into their custody. According to AP, there was only 30 cited, and the 3 dozen roosters were killed via euthanasia.

The Riverside Sheriff department is reminding the public that cock fighting is illegal and are asking for any information regarding this incident or report similar cockfighting to their local Sheriff's station.

California Public Employee Retirement System Pension Funds - Could they go Broke as Study Suggest?

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[Best Syndication News] The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) disagreed with the way that the recently released study titled “Going For Broke: Reforming California’s Public Employee Pension Systems” issued by Stanford’s Institute for Economic Policy Research come to the conclusion that the public employees pension funds are in dire trouble.

CalPERS said that the average annual investment on return over the last 20 years have been 7.91 percent. This includes the last two years of declining return on investments. The government agency made a list of reasons why they think that the Stanford study was flawed and doesn't have an accurate prediction of the public retirement fund. They list their rebuttle to the report at: http://www.calpers.ca.gov/index.jsp?bc=/about/press/pr-2010/april/responds-stanford-policy-brief.xml

Smart Meter Installation by Southern California Edison to begin in East Los Angeles County

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[Best Syndication News] Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the plans to install smart electric meters beginning with communities in the eastern area of Los Angeles County. This is part of the Edison SmartConnect program. The cities that will have the smart meters installed are Covina, West Covina, Pomona, Azusa, Claremont, City of Industry, Diamond Bar, Glendora, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, La Verne, San Dimas, Rowland Heights, Walnut, and Whittier.

SCE has already installed over 400,000 smart meters, beginning with Downey, California this past September. The Smart meters will continue to install to almost 5 million residential and small-business customers through the year 2012. SCE covers 50,000 square-miles of service area.

Trade Adjustment Assistance available to 4,000 more workers in 10 States

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[Best Syndication News] The US Department of Labor had certified that around 4,000 workers in 10 states can apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance. The states are California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. See chart below of the companies and the related states that are included in this TAA certification by the DOL.

These latest TAA certifications notifications will be sent out by the states instructing the workers how to apply for individual benefits and services. Those workers would be able to apply to receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and trade readjustment allowances which will supply income support for workers that have enrolled in the training program.

Mayor Villaraigosa takes steps to avoid Los Angeles City running out of Money by May 5th

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[Best Syndication News] Los Angeles Mayor Villaroigosa is faced with a city that could be out of funds by May 5th, 2010 because the DWP said to the Controller that they cannot transfer $73.5 million to the City's General Fund.

Because of this financial crisis the city of Los Angeles faces, it has prompted Mayor Villaroigosa to act quickly for the City Administrative Officer to develop a plan to shut down the City for two days per week and determine the amount this would save. Villaroigosa is wanting the City Administrative Officer to shut down all General funded city services, except for public safety and revenue generating job positions for two days each week starting the week of April 12th.

Villaroigosa also is calling an emergency meeting of the Executive Employee Relations Committee for ways they can get money in the City's General Fund and fast.

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