Archive for January 16th, 2010

InlandPolitics: Owner of The Sun newspaper to file for bankruptcy protection

Affiliated Media Inc., the parent of MediaNews Group, announced Friday that it will file for chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

MediaNews Group owns a controlling interest in the California Newspaper Partnership.

Local newspapers owned buy the affected entities include The Sun, Redlands Daily Facts, and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

The bankruptcy action has already been “pre-packaged” and is not expected to affect the operations of individual papers.

MediaNews Group owns 54 daily newspapers.

iePolitics: Andrew Lamberto and Ruth Stringer Strike Again

Posted by Administrator3 at 15 January 2010

In what has been an ongoing discussion on this blog about the incompetence and unethical practices of San Bernardino County Human Resources Director Andrew Lamberto and County Counsel Ruth Stringer, we now find out just how unscrupulous both are.  Added into the mix this time is the reported collusion with said scoundrels by Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Ovitt and his Chief of Staff, Mark Kirk, Supervisor Paul Biane and others, and we can only conclude that the level of corruption in the upper echelons of county government has reached a new high.

Last August, at the insistence of Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, Lamberto initiated an investigation into allegations of hostile work environment by District Attorney Michael Ramos aimed at investigative technician Cheryl Ristow.  Ristow admitted a previous 17-month sexual affair with Ramos, who had told her during the affair how he had fallen in love with her and claimed he was divorcing his wife, Gretchen. However, once Ristow realized that Ramos was lying about his feelings for her and his status with his wife, Ristow ended the relationship.

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10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 15, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

An investigation of San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos clears him of retaliating against an employee he allegedly had an affair with, according to a memo released by the county human resources department Friday.

The investigation, conducted by a Los Angeles law firm hired by the county, did not look into whether Ramos sexually harassed Cheryl Ristow, an investigative technician, because she described the alleged intimate relationship as consensual, the memo states. The report states that allegations that Ramos has had affairs were outside the scope of its investigation.

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11:04 PM PST on Friday, January 15, 2010

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

A former top official with the San Bernardino County assessor’s office got his job through a major developer’s influence and used that connection to avoid work, investigators testified Friday.

The testimony was presented in a preliminary hearing for Rex Gutierrez, one of five former assessor’s officials arrested as part of a corruption investigation of the office under former Assessor Bill Postmus, who also is facing felony charges.

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SBSun: Report clears DA in employee complaint

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/15/2010 08:21:59 PM PST

The District Attorney’s Office did not retaliate against an employee who says she had an affair with District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, according to a San Bernardino County memo released Friday.

The memo summarizes findings of an independent investigation commissioned by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in response to an employee’s claim that she was improperly disciplined after a local newspaper published a story alleging Ramos had affairs with her and other female staff members.

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SBSun: Prosecutors outline case against Gutierrez

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/15/2010 09:41:24 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A former Assessor’s Office staffer who serves on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council stole from the public by engaging in personal business while on the county clock, investigators said Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

In a preliminary hearing for Councilman Rex Gutierrez, investigators testified that former Assessor Bill Postmus hired Gutierrez as a favor to a local developer and refused to take action when other employees complained about Gutierrez’s frequent absenteeism and poor job performance.

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RivPE: Stability in long contract

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 15, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

A sign of how serious San Bernardino County supervisors were about hiring Greg Devereaux as county administrative officer is the 10-year, water-tight contract they gave him.

Most county administrators serve at the pleasure of their boards. They’re constantly counting votes to make sure they please at least three of five masters.

Devereaux’s contract requires a super-majority of four votes to remove him, and the only reason he can be fired in the next 10 years is for malfeasance in office.

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RivPE: San Jacinto corruption probe hearings continued

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 15, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Hearings for 15 defendants in two San Jacinto corruption cases were continued on Friday. One of the accused, developer Stephen Holgate, will ask next month to have the case against him dismissed.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Donner moved the trial readiness conference for nine indicted defendants, including Holgate, to Feb. 26.

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SacBee: 38 lawmakers probed over gift disclosures

SEVERAL ADMIT MISTAKES AMID FPPC CRACKDOWN

By Jim Sanders and Phillip Reese
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Thirty-eight California legislators are under investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission on suspicion of failing to disclose gifts ranging from expensive meals to concert tickets provided by interest groups.

Roman Porter, FPPC executive director, said public disclosure of such gifts is a crucial part of the political process.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in

January 15, 2010 | 6:30 pm

A state appeals judge today granted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request to block State Controller John Chiang from restoring full pay for prison guards.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued a decision last month ordering the state to restore full pay to members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. Their salaries were reduced by three days a month, though many had to work those days because they could not be spared in the prisons.

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