Archive for January 17th, 2010

InlandPolitics is receiving information regarding the referral to the Fair Political Practices Commission evidence gathered against certain high profile county/city officials by District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

The referral occurred prior to the county’s clearing of Ramos in an active investigation regarding the DA and his operation.

The conduct referred to the State would in the Ramos’ own words be described as major violations.

However, no criminal charges were filed.

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Voter-approved measure triggers sharp growth in supervisors’ salaries

BY NATASHA LINDSTROM
STAFF WRITER

SAN BERNARDINO • Higher paid staffers, bloated benefits and a voter-approved salary hike have helped nearly double the budget for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in the past five years.

Residents who object to the roughly $150,000 salaries for county supervisors — whose paychecks have ballooned by 84 percent over the past decade — have mostly themselves to blame.

The whopping boost in supervisor salaries accounts for about one-fifth of the growth in the overall Board of Supervisors budget, which jumped from $3.3 million in 2004-05 to $6.6 million for 2009-10.

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Fair skies for GOP

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 01/16/2010 10:22:37 PM PST

With one local assemblyman termed out and another announcing he will not run for re-election, Inland Valley voters will see at least two newcomers elected to the state Assembly this year.

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth and Fontana Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren are among several Republican candidates to replace termed-out Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Rancho Cucamonga. Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay is among those considering a run for the seat that beleaguered Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Claremont, is giving up.

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SBSun: Major Colton shake-up gets go-ahead

Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/16/2010 05:43:23 PM PST

COLTON – A major overhaul of city operations won unanimous support Saturday when the City Council voted to approve a reorganization proposal presented to them Thursday night by new City Manager Rod Foster.

Under the plan, six employees -including three department heads – will be laid off, the city’s 11 departments will be consolidated into seven and several employee classifications will be added, eliminated, or revised.

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InlandPolitics: Interesting Observation

San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit Policies

The below policies were copied from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office official website.  Pay particular attention to the fifth bulleted paragraph.  Although form FPPC 700 violations (economic interests) are not specifically mentioned, they are under the jurisdiction of the Fair Political Practices Commission just like the campaign disclosure violations.  Generically they both involve public disclosure of information deemed critical to an informed public.

Logically they both would be handled in an identical manner.

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