Archive for January 23rd, 2010

InlandPolitics: Local names on Secretary of State delinquent list

The California Secretary of State has published the list of debtors who owe a combined total of $888,730 in various penalties for failing to timely file campaign finance related documents. The fines go into the state’s general fund, and the state wants the money.

Final notices are being issued.

Nearly one-eighth or $104,000 is owed by the Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee.

Click here to see the entire list.

However, some local names showed up.

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Published January 22, 1010

There has been a significant change in the manner in which the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office is handling suspected or alleged violations of the state’s income disclosure requirements.

Within the last month, San Bernardino County prosecutors have opted to refer such cases to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a departure from the office’s past approach of filing criminal charges against those who have made no or inadequate disclosure of outside income.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2010 06:06:55 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is expected to meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss the public release of an investigative report into alleged sexual harassment by District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.

The investigation kicked off in August after Cheryl Ristow, an investigative technician at the District Attorney’s Office, filed a formal complaint with the human resources department alleging sexual harassment and workplace retaliation after an article mentioning the alleged affair between Ramos and Ristow appeared in a local newspaper.

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Michael J. Sorba, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2010 03:53:23 PM PST

COLTON – An audit the City Council approved in August 2007 for $65,000 has council members split on what benefit it provided the city.

The results of the audit have never officially been presented to the council or made public. Some council members say the money was wasted and produced nothing of value while others argue work that was completed did have worth.

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RivPE: Cassie MacDuff: Cozy Friends Fly Together

Supervisor Paul Biane

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 22, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

No one needed a reminder of the cozy relationship between a San Bernardino County supervisor and developers who got $102 million from the county.

But one came belatedly this week with the revelation that Supervisor Paul Biane took a September 2008 junket to West Virginia with Colonies Partners’ Dan Richards and Ray Crebs.

Biane voted in favor of the $102 million Colonies settlement in 2006. The payout is under investigation.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 01/22/2010 04:53:51 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Issues concerning the budget, the upcoming elections and Councilman Rex Gutierrez were all on the table during an eight-hour meeting at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center on Thursday that was meant to build City Council consensus and set goals for 2010.

Nearly every discussion of city matters was tinted by the cloud of budget cuts.

The City Council directed Community Services Director Kevin McArdle to cut two popular events – the July 4 fireworks night at the Epicenter and the volunteer appreciation dinner.

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LATimes: Housing bust keeps consuming California jobs

Construction and related industries take a big hit in 2009. Payrolls shrink again in December, though the unemployment rate stays at 12.4%.

By Alana Semuels

January 23, 2010

California employers cut more workers in December, capping a dismal year in which the state lost more than half a million jobs.

Payrolls shrank by 38,800, marking the worst month for job losses since September. The unemployment rate remained flat at 12.4%, but only because more than 100,000 workers left the labor force and are no longer counted. Many of them have given up looking for work or have moved out of state.

Economists expect the state’s labor market to remain weak this year largely because the bellwether housing sector continues to struggle. Over the last two years, California has lost more than 1 million jobs.

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SBSun: Baca is No. 1 when it comes to congressional golf

Rep. Joe Baca

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2010 06:52:51 PM PST

The best golfer in Congress? Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, says he holds that title.

A recent profile of Baca in The Green golf magazine identifies him as such, and Baca doesn’t try to shrug of the honor.

“Let’s just say I’ve beaten everybody,” Baca said Friday.

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SacBee: 38,800 California jobs erased

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 10A
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 – 12:40 am

Layoffs returned in earnest to California last month, and a depressingly lonely holiday season for retailers and restaurants was a key reason why. California lost 38,800 jobs in December, a month that saw precious little hiring by shopkeepers and layoffs by restaurants.

The statewide unemployment rate held steady at 12.4 percent, the Employment Development Department reported Friday. Analysts said the rate would have risen except thousands of Californians dropped out of the job market, which means they weren’t counted among the unemployed.

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By Denis C. Theriault

dtheriault@mercurynews.com
Posted: 01/22/2010 05:13:27 PM PST
Updated: 01/22/2010 09:12:00 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — State Controller John Chiang issued a stern warning Friday about California’s cash reserves, telling legislative leaders and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger they must act on nearly $9 billion in budget cuts the governor is seeking by March — or the state will run out of cash to pay its bills.

Without making those cuts — which Chiang says will pump $1.3 billion into the state’s checking account — California would be broke by April 1, no fooling.

The state wouldn’t climb back to what’s considered a safe level of cash on hand, $2.5 billion, until later that month, when tax revenues are expected to begin flowing into Sacramento.

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SacBee: Nearly $889,000 in late fines owed state

By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 10A

Campaign finance violators who missed financial disclosure deadlines have racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in late fines – money that would go to the state’s cash-strapped general fund.

Hundreds of donors and campaign committees had failed to pay a total of $888,730 in late fines as of mid-November, according to records obtained by The Bee from the secretary of state’s office.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2010 05:42:06 PM PST

Most Californians live in the Southern half of the state. Fewer than half of Californians are white. Almost exactly half are women.

But those facts aren’t represented by the people who have applied to the state’s 2011 redistricting commission. Most applicants are white men and a disproportionate number live near the state capital.

That’s spurred lawmakers, interest groups and community organizations to encourage their members and constituents to apply.

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