Archive for January 9th, 2010

InlandPolitics: The New Blogpen

When things are working fine and then they change…I wonder why.

The old blog has been one of the most remarkable ‘private media’ ventures to date…not in capital gains as most ventures seek..

Sharon’s gold lie in the issues and the truths, underlying facts on many topics…and providing the forum…for the community. She gave us a ‘voice’ and to a large degree our power back…to control the powers that be…well at the very least, to expose all the BS.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Hansberger vs Derry, round two?

Hansberger

Yes, just when you think it couldn’t get any more ridiculous than it already is. Coming out of left field, but not totally unexpected.

Murmurings are beginning to surface out of the Redlands contingent that ousted former county supervisor Dennis Hansberger may be in revenge mode.

Wait, I forgot.

Hansberger is always in revenge mode.

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Devereaux

A contract is close to being hammered out between the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Ontario City Manager Greg Devereaux.

After being inundated with a plethora of applications submitted from online job search websites over nearly a month long submission period, the number was rapidly whittled down to a dozen. That number was basically halved within a week.

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Schwarzenegger’s bid to address a $19.9-billion gap seeks steep cuts in education, healthcare, social services and transit. Republicans applaud the lack of tax cuts; Democrats see a fiscal retread.

By Evan Halper and Shane Goldmacher

January 9, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned Friday that the state remained deep in fiscal crisis and proposed steep reductions in almost every major government program, but many lawmakers quickly dismissed his ideas as stale and vowed to push for alternatives such as tax hikes.

His proposal, aimed at closing a $19.9-billion gap, and the response to it foreshadow another year of paralysis in Sacramento as the governor and lawmakers struggle with the latest crippling shortfall.

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WSJ: California Requests Billions From U.S.

JANUARY 9, 2010

By STU WOO and JIM CARLTON

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked for $6.9 billion in federal funds in his state-budget proposal Friday and warned that state health and welfare programs would be threatened without the emergency help.

Mr. Schwarzenegger’s proposed $82.9 billion general-fund budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year would close a $19.9 billion gap over 18 months. In addition to the federal aid, he called for $8.5 billion in cuts and $4.5 billion in alternative funding to balance the budget.

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Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Saturday, January 9, 2010

(01-09) 04:00 PST Washington – — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s demand Friday that the federal government plug a $6.9 billion hole in the state budget, two days after he charged that the federal health care bill is unfair to the state, struck a nerve with California’s Washington delegation.

Schwarzenegger is demanding that the administration fix what he calls flawed federal formulas and unfunded federal mandates that short-change the state on Medicaid, foster care, special education and the incarceration of illegal immigrants.

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VVDailyPress: County to consider shedding elected position

County Administrative Office proposes consolidating offices to save $1 million
January 08, 2010 4:12 PM
NATASHA LINDSTROM Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • A controversial proposal is up for vote Tuesday that would eliminate an elected San Bernardino County position and consolidate county offices to save an estimated $1 million annually.

Facing a projected $90 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year, County Administrative Office staff members are recommending the Board of Supervisors abolish the elected office of county Treasurer-Tax Collector and instead combine two elected positions, resulting in an elected Auditor/Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, county spokesman David Wert said Friday.

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11:10 PM PST on Friday, January 8, 2010

By JANET ZIMMERMAN
The Press-Enterprise

All work on a controversial plan to route 80 miles of electrical transmission lines through undisturbed desert near Joshua Tree National Park has been suspended as part of cost-cutting measures by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The utility’s board on Tuesday approved a 29-page budget amendment that included only one reference to Green Path North. The hotly debated project would move geothermal, solar and wind power from the Salton Sea area of the Imperial Valley to an electrical substation near Hesperia en route to Los Angeles.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 7B

Further jeopardizing a big CalPERS investment, the partnership in control of a New York apartment complex missed a debt payment Friday.

The partnership led by Tishman Speyer Properties and BlackRock Inc. announced it would miss a $16 million bond payment, according to Bloomberg News. That puts the complex a big step closer to default – a development that real estate analysts in New York have been predicting for months.

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SacBee: State workers blast Schwarzenegger pay cut plan

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

State workers and union leaders on Friday blasted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budget proposal to cut employee pay by up to 15 percent next year as a move to circumvent labor talks, although an administration spokesman said bargaining with the unions would begin “right away.”

Under the governor’s 2010-11 budget plan, about 200,000 state employees who are losing 14 percent of their pay to three furlough days each month would go back to work full time starting July 1. But they’d be working for less money, since Schwarzenegger wants to cut their wages by 5 percent and impose a 5 percent increase in employee contributions to their retirement plans.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: New Head for SB County?

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 8, 2010

Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County supervisors have heard from more than 200 applicants for the county administrative officer post since they fired Mark Uffer two months ago.

But in truth, they’ve been interested in only one man from the start: Ontario City Manager Greg Devereaux.

Devereaux has been Ontario’s manager since 1997 and Fontana’s before that, from 1992 to 1997. He’s widely respected among local municipal leaders.

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10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 8, 2010

By JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

A state agency could not validate a conflict-of-interest complaint against two Temecula City Council members, according to two recently released letters.

The identical letters from the California Fair Political Practices Commission were sent to Mayor Jeff Comerchero and Councilman Mike Naggar, who were the focus of a complaint filed by a citizens’ group.

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10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 8, 2010

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

The Riverside County Republican Party has launched a voter-registration drive with the help of an Inland signature gatherer who has been at the center of past controversies.

The effort marks the county party’s most concerted paid push to sign up new GOP voters since at least 2003. It comes as Republicans look to stem recent registration losses, protect vulnerable seats and position themselves to take advantage of any voter backlash against Democrats in this year’s midterm elections.

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By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2010 09:45:58 PM PST

State Sen. Bob Dutton is focused on California’s budget, but once that hurdle is cleared, he will prepare to take over leadership of the state Senate Republican Caucus.

Members of the caucus announced their decision this week to promote Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, to the leadership position.

Dutton will replace Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, who will be termed out at the end of the year.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/08/2010 10:36:48 PM PST

San Bernardino County’s elected treasurer/tax collector position would be eliminated and folded into the Auditor-Controller Recorder, Public Administrator and Assessor’s offices, under a plan being considered by the Board of Supervisors.

The move could save the county between $500,000 and $1million a year by eliminating about 10 positions through attrition and consolidations, county spokesman David Wert said.

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