Archive for November 27th, 2009

Sun: San Bernardino business group might oppose new county center

San Bernardino Seal

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/26/2009 05:43:09 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Some members of the business community may be gearing up to oppose the possible construction of a new government center on land currently occupied by Carousel Mall.

The San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce has created a committee to consider whether a new government center, or as some call it, a Taj Mahal, is a good idea. The Chamber may a take an official position in December or after the new year.

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LATimes: Californians to decide on open primary amendment

Californians to decide on open primary amendment

The Top Two Primaries Act would require that candidates run in a single primary open to all registered voters, with the top two vote-getters meeting in a runoff.

By Jean Merl

November 27, 2009

Last spring, two seasoned politicians squared off over a rare open congressional seat. Democrats Judy Chu, then a member of the state Board of Equalization, and state Sen. Gil Cedillo placed first and second, respectively, in a widely watched special primary election in the San Gabriel Valley-area district.

Chu advanced to the July runoff with 32.6% of the vote, but not Cedillo, even though he finished ahead of 10 other candidates by winning 23.2%. The runoff slots went to the top vote-getter from each party with a candidate on the ballot, giving Chu a cakewalk over a Republican and a Libertarian in the strongly Democratic district.

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SacBee: State pay panel says it erred

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

For mud-on-your face goofups in California government, this was a whopper.

Grist for a “Wanna Get Away” commercial, perhaps, involving the hot-button issue of pensions for top elected officials.

The final chapter was written this week by the California Citizens Compensation Commission after a flurry of ‘what do we do now?’ talks.

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Of 120 California lawmakers 73 get failing grade
November 27, 2009 8:50 AM
NATASHA LINDSTROM Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO • Assemblyman Steve Knight and Sen. George Runner are among the highest performing legislators when it comes to lessening taxpayer burdens, according to a new legislative report card by a taxpayer advocate group.

The Victor Valley’s other two representatives — Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Sen. Roy Ashburn — still earned some of top grades of all state lawmakers, with their votes supporting $12.5 billion in tax hikes shrinking their final scores.

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RivPE: Warrants implicate man with few ties to San Jacinto

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, November 26, 2009

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Of the nine defendants named in the San Jacinto political corruption indictment, Byron Jerry Ellison Sr. appears to have the fewest ties to the city — a part-time resident whose home is in Garden Grove. He also has an address in Montana.

But according to affidavits and the 155-count indictment, Ellison, 70, is suspected in 139 counts — 43 felonies and 96 misdemeanors.

Arraignment was postponed to Dec. 4 for Ellison, a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant and onetime investigator for the California secretary of state’s voter fraud investigation unit.

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, November 26, 2009

By LOU HIRSH
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Jacinto Corruption Probe

Caught in the middle of a sweeping corruption probe involving two of its founders, the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce has moved to reduce the daily role of Executive Director Nancy Ayres.

On Nov. 12, Riverside County prosecutors indicted Ayres and eight others, including a developer who helped found the chamber. Authorities said they conspired to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars and conceal campaign contributions.

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Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/26/2009 06:13:52 AM PST

ADELANTO – The new faces coming to the sheriff’s Adelanto station aren’t new to law enforcement. In fact, they aren’t even new to the High Desert.

Thirty-five patrol deputies, detectives and other employees from the Victor Valley sheriff’s station about nine miles away will be coming to Adelanto under a plan that will save the city more than $400,000 per year.

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